NFL fantasy football: Matt Cassel could lose snaps

Cassel in danger: Thanks, in part, to committing 10 turnovers in the first four games, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could be on a short leash. Head coach Romeo Crennel admitted that backup Brady Quinn could get some work with the first team in practice this week and might even play a series in this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. That’s a double-edged sword for fantasy football owners. While Cassel has been dreadful for the vast majority of his games so far, he’s also become one of the kings of garbage time, putting up yards and points once the scores have gotten out of hand. This week’s game against Baltimore could bring more of the same.

Mathews working back: After a critical goal-line fumble in Week 3, San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews began Week 4 on the bench in favor of Jackie Battle. While head coach Norv Turner expressed confidence in Mathews, the team could still ease him back slowly after his recovery from a broken clavicle. There’s still Mathews’ fumbling issues. Most of his carries came with the game pretty much decided, and while he excelled against a poor Kansas City rushing defense, it’s still unknown whether Mathews will be trusted to carry the ball in key goal-line situations.

Jennings could be shut down: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings says he’s open to shutting it down until his nagging groin injury can heal completely. Jennings first suffered the injury in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers and missed the Week 2 game versus the Chicago Bears. Since his return, Jennings has managed seven catches for just 44 yards — re-aggravating the injury on a 9-yard touchdown catch in last Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile, James Jones has picked up the slack, notching 10 catches for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the last two weeks. If Jennings does take an extended rest, Jones appears to be the man to step into his spot.

— Marcas Grant

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