Cassel may return, but his fantasy season done

The Chiefs apparently are eager to rush QB Matt Cassel back into the lineup after an appendectomy. If you saw QBs Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko play against the Chargers, you can certainly understand why.

But you, fantasy enthusiasts, are not obligated to rush Cassel back into your lineup this week against St. Louis. Mainly because you don’t have a pair of backup quarterbacks who are best known for marrying up or having a name similar to Keanu Reeves‘ character in “The Replacements.”

So let’s cut to the chase here. If you have Cassel, don’t start him even if he plays. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger missed Week 1 of the 2006 NFL season because of an appendectomy. He would not throw his first touchdown pass until Week 6. Cassel — if he plays — will be handing the ball off plenty. This also means that you will have to sit WR Dwayne Bowe. Though, many of you — whom the receiver hasn’t already ruined — were likely already planning to bench him regardless of Cassel’s status.

So start your backup, Cassel owners. And if Cassel was your backup to a No. 1 like Aaron Rodgers — who could miss this week — grab another quarterback off the wire such as Jaguars QB David Garrard or Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman.

In fact, you could probably cut Cassel at this point if you have quarterback depth. It’s hard to imagine him making any sort of impact in the next couple of weeks. And really, you would not want to put your fantasy hopes on him right now.

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