Matt Cassel, QB, Vikings
|QB - #37||196.80||MIN||Active||10 years||32||6'4||230|
2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jun-23-2014 by Rob Warner
Cassel was signed to a two-year, $10 million contract this offseason. Over nine games in 2013, the 31-year-old had a 60-percent completion percentage and mediocre TD:INT ratio of 11:9 while averaging 201 YPG in Minnesota's run heavy offense. With Cassel's knowledge of the offense, all signs point to him as the likely starter for the first month of the season. However, Bridgewater could be given a shot sooner than many expect based on his experience in a a pro-style system. Minnesota will look to diversify their offense to keep AP fresh and whichever QB is under center will benefit from playing behind a solid O-line ranked sixth overall by Pro Football Focus.
Bridgewater finished his first NFL preseason with five touchdowns passes and no interceptions. Bridgewater was thestarter in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night, and went 4-of-9 on passes, throwing for 17 yards and a touchdown to WR Adam Thielen. In total this preseason, Bridgewater has gone 30-of-39 for 283 yards, with the previously mentioned five touchdowns and zero intercepetions.Fantasy Analysis:
The 4-for-9 line isn't great, but overall this preseason, Bridgewater's made a fair case to become the Vikings' starter over QB Matt Cassel. Cassel is well-entrenched as the starter to begin the season, but that will change if he struggles. Bridgewater is the QB of the future in Minnesota, and should be expected to start filling that role sooner rather than later. From a fantasy perspective, Bridgewater is worth a late-round flier as a QB2 in deep leagues. He has far more upside than Cassel.
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