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QB Matt Cassel - Buffalo Bills

6-5, 230Born: 5-17-1982College: USCDrafted: Round 7

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Summary

New head coach Rex Ryan knew he had a massive issue at quarterback and traded for Matt Cassel to try and paper over it. Cassel is supposed to push third year quarterback EJ Manuel for the starting job but the situation is untenable enough to make it entirely possible he will win it, and handily. Cassel is no more than a game manager, but that was all Ryan ever really wanted in New York with the Jets - he just couldn't seem to really find one. Cassel has a shot to be the starter in Buffalo, and with Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods to throw to, that's not just whistling Dixie. However his own limitations only really leave him as no more than a backup in mist leagues if he wins the job, someone to grab late in a fantasy draft for a cheap bye week filler. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 36, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34, 34, 35, 35, 35
QB Dynasty - 51, 44, 48, 50

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 KC 9 161 277 1796 6 12 27 145 1
2013 MIN 9 153 254 1807 11 9 18 57 1 1
2014 MIN 3 41 71 425 3 4 7 19 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 6 60 95 * * * 7 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 31 50 * * * 2 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 7 92 155 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 4 80 129 * * * 9 * * *

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Latest News

Bills | Matt Cassel could receive extension (Sun Jul 5, 10:17 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is a candidate for a contract extension if he wins the starting job during training camp. He is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the salary cap this season.

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Bills | QB Taylor a sleeper in Buffalo? (Sun Jun 21, 08:49 PM) - Ben Volin, from the Boston Globe, reports that Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a player to watch out for in training camp. According to the report, Taylor received almost the same number of reps in OTAs and minicamp as both Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel.

Our View: Fantasy owners in deeper leagues take note. Does anyone have faith in Manuel or Cassel? Taylor has spent his entire career as Joe Flacco's backup, but he accepted an deal smaller than the Broncos offered him so he could compete for a starting job and get out of the shadow of a star quarterback. Taylor is super fast, quick and has a rocket arm but his accuracy and decision making need improvement. Yes, the Bills are going to have a run-heavy offense but remember that scrambling starting quarterbacks can be valuable assets in fantasy football.
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2015 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2vs New England Patriots
3@ Miami Dolphins
4vs New York Giants
5@ Tennessee Titans
6vs Cincinnati Bengals
7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Miami Dolphins
10@ New York Jets
11@ New England Patriots
12@ Kansas City Chiefs
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14@ Philadelphia Eagles
15@ Washington Redskins
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