This is not about Fantasy football (okay, maybe a little bit) but let me begin with a confession; I do it for the fix, the high, the buzz. I'm an addict who has no self control so I spinelessly bend to the will of my keeper. The first step to solving a problem is to admit it, so here I go: My name is SoCalChief and I'm a Fantasyaholic who spens countless hours mock drafting online. Inasmuch as I would love to use this post as some sort of self-help testimonial therapy, the real reason I'm taking a break from player rankings and mock drafting, is that the later of the two has revealed an interesting phenomena about our own Matt Cassel. Let me explain.
As was recently posted here on AP, Matt Cassel is considered to be an average quarterback in the league. Middle of the pack amongst 32 teams equates to undrafted status in most fantasy football leagues, or at best, a bench spot and possible bye-week start. Since the aforementioned became a Chief I have yet to draft him in any of my umpteen leagues. Not for lack of fandom mind you, but because when money is on the line (as in fantasy football) you have to think with your wallet and not your heart. As it relates to Matt Cassel, this season was going to be the exception where I could do a little of both.
Instead of reaching for a top tear QB in the early or mid rounds, I thought I would focus on depth in the skill positions and grab a passer much later on in the draft, possibly in one of the last few rounds. Kolb, Hasselback, McNabb, Cutler, and even Cassel, can all be had in the bottom of the draft. I figured my close following of the Chiefs might provide some advantage in selecting one of the also-rans to be my man. I know that the Chiefs have a crap-load of weapons on offense this season, so even a bowl of vanilla ice cream like Cassel should be able to eek out enough points to keep me in each match. I guess I'm not nearly as smart as I think I am (which is normally the case) because the rest of the fantasy football world has the same damn idea.
After countless mock drafts on ESPN's fantasy football site I'm shocked to see where Cassel is being drafted. He's consistently being taking first amongst the tier-two QB's, and normally in a much earlier round than he should be. The answer must be as simple as addition through addition: Take a Cassel and add Charles, Jones, Bowe, Breaston, McClain, McCluster, and Moeaki, and you get a legitimate fantasy point maker.
The reason I'm putting some stock in this and taking the time to make a post out of it is because I truly do believe in what I said earlier; when people think with their wallets they make more sound decisions, and as frequently as people are reaching for Matt in the draft there really must be something to it. When you lay it all out and look at it, all the talent around Cassel has to equate to success... or Cassel simply isn't even an average quarterback. Given the success he had in New England when he was surrounded by real talent I think the answer is he is legitimately better than average, even border line great. At least when looked at holistically with the rest of the Chiefs offense.
The bad news is I think I may be out of luck when my leagues real drafts start coming in early September, I'll have to reach if I want Cassel. But the good news is I'm a Chiefs fan first and foremost, and if my theory about hearts and wallets is correct, we're out for one helluva season...or heartbreak.