Houston seeks veteran QB: In perhaps another sign that the Houston Texans will eschew taking a quarterback with the first pick in the 2014 draft, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport notes the team’s interest in veteran Matt Cassel. The soon-to-be free agent was one of three QBs to start for the Vikings last season. However, he does have a prior connection to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien which should make it easier for him to pick up the offense. Since hitting his high-water mark with the Chiefs in 2010, Cassel has seen his production decline. In the past three seasons he has more interceptions (30) than touchdowns (27) — not the type of stat that will excite fantasy owners. If Cassel lands in Houston, it’s not likely to provide a significant boost for Arian Foster, Andre Johnson or DeAndre Hopkins.
Eagles to split slot WR snaps: In the wake of Jason Avant’s release from the Philadelphia Eagles, the Inquirer writes that the veteran’s snaps in the slot could be split between Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. From a fantasy perspective, it will be key to determine which of those two pass-catchers will see the most action. Keep in mind that they’ll also share targets with DeSean Jackson as well as tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz all while LeSean McCoy will continue to be the focal point of the offense.
Lions seeking WR: It might make Lions fans cringe, but the team is reportedly in the market for another wide receiver. Apart from Calvin Johnson, the team’s recent track record of drafting receivers hasn’t been good. However, there’s only so long that Megatron can carry the passing game by himself. There are plenty of quality options both in the draft and free agency. And while adding another quality pass-catcher would likely decrease Johnson’s productivity, he’s still good enough to be one of the top five fantasy wideouts around.
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