NFL fantasy: Arizona interested in Matt Cassel?

Cassel likely on the move: Let the quarterback carousel begin! Alex Smith is now a Kansas City Chief — that means Matt Cassel is the odd man out, looking for a new home. According to reports, that new home could be with the Arizona Cardinals. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wants to bring in a new arm to challenge the Kevin Kolb-John Skelton-Ryan Lindley trio that struggled so badly in 2012. Not that Cassel has been any great shakes lately. Injuries have limited the former USC signal-caller to just 18 games in the past two seasons and during that time, Cassel has thrown 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. It’s hard to envision a move to the desert doing much for Cassel’s fantasy value. Likewise, it looks like another year of Larry Fitzgerald struggling to catch passes from a mid-level (at best) quarterback.

Bowe likely to stay in KC: Since Smith is in the fold with the Chiefs, the next priority for Kansas City is making sure he has someone to deliver the football to. In that vein, the Kansas City Star reports that the team is likely to hold on to receiver Dwayne Bowe. The wideout has been KC’s best playmaker in the passing game, having led the team in receptions in each of the past four seasons. Beyond Bowe, there aren’t many consistent weapons in the passing game. However, that’s not new for an Andy Reid-coached team. The Eagles weren’t particularly known for their receiving corps during Reid’s tenure. But that still won’t do much to make Smith more than a No. 2 QB option — that same likely will apply to Bowe at the wide receiver spot.

Chris Johnson could get help: The idea that the Tennessee Titans could be going to a timeshare in their backfield is gaining traction. Coach Mike Munchak told ProFootballTalk that the team is considering adding another running back to take some of the load off of Chris Johnson. For his part, Johnson isn’t thrilled with the idea, which should come as no surprise. While his opinion will likely be noted, it’s not likely to change many minds. In the three seasons since rushing for 2,000 yards, Johnson has been inconsistent running the football. He topped 1,200 yards last season, but the majority of his yards came in just five contests. Any addition to the Titans backfield would have a negative effect on Johnson’s fantasy value — especially if that new back takes the goal-line opportunities. Stay tuned.

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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