Ponder’s time as starter winding down?

Cassel closer to starting?: Lezlie Frazier recently said he hopes Christian Ponder plays on Sunday against the Steelers, but I don’t know how broken up the coaching staff would be if they were forced to go with Matt Cassel. Ponder has more INTs (5) this year than TD passes (2), and he has yet to crack 240 passing yards in a game. In other words, he’s been operating at about a C- level all year long.  If Ponder plays well in London, he’ll be given a moratorium. If not, Cassel will likely start after the bye.

Jim Brown endorses Richardson trade: The Browns made a huge trade splash by recently sending Trent Richardson to the Colts, and former NFL great Jim Brown endorsed the move in a big way. What does this have to do with fantasy? Plenty. First, Brown’s thoughts on T-Rich: “I thought it was a brilliant move. … Because first of all, Trent (Richardson) couldn’t have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed.” Interesting. Richardson averaged about 3.5 yards per carry, which means on average, he’d have needed to get roughly 25-30 carries to reach the 100-yard mark with the Browns. He only rushed for 100 yards three times in his rookie year with the Browns, and if he doesn’t start reaching those numbers regularly with the Colts in short order, he may begin a career journey down a path of mediocrity. The jury is still out on him, but for now, hes’s much more of an RB2 until he proves otherwise.

Schaub’s leash getting shorter: According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said Matt Schaub “has made bad decisions this season and needs to improve.” Hmm. Schaub has been dealing with an ankle injury recently, but hearing that from your own OC is usually not a good sign. In the first three weeks, Schaub has gone a combined 85-of-128 for 838 yards and six TDs. Not terrible by itself, but the real black mark on his résumé has been the four interceptions he’s thrown, two of which were returned to the house. The Seahawks defense is hardly the tonic to cure whatever mistakes have infected Schaub’s game, but I don’t think his owners have much to worry about. Unless he plays absolutely dreadfully for an extended stretch, I can’t see the Texans benching him.

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