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Let’s get one thing about this post straight.  This is not a love song.  If reading that once didn’t get the point across, you can click on the link to get a fuller meaning of what I’m saying.  What it IS is me calling out Matt Cassel just as I’m sure the coaches in Kansas City are doing.  The fans have already spoken their feelings about Cassel, having booed him at a celebrity game at Kaufman stadium last month and given the history of what he has been versus the expectations, you can understand why.  Matt was brought into KC off the heels of a not great but promising 2008 campaign in New England when the holy-clefted one, Tom Brady, went down game one and was out for the season.  Though the numbers weren’t Earth shattering – roughly 3700 passing yards to go with 21 TDs and 11 INTs – it was enough for KC to go out and trade for the career back-up.  Though 2009 was nothing to write home about, he gave the Chiefs reason to gloat about their trade with his 27 TDs vs 7 INTs in 2010 while getting KC into the playoffs for the first time since 2006.  There were high hopes at Arrowhead Stadium for a 2011 campaign that was flat all around.  Of course, injuries were a large part of the team’s collapse last year.  Couple that with an extremely conservative approach from an offensive standpoint and by the time Cassel went down with a season ending injury after only 9 games, he has pretty much fallen off the map heading into 2012.  In fact, KC was doing their best to stay in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes this spring, eventually losing out to the Broncos for him.  So where in all this does Sky find a reason to make this post?  Let’s find out.

Kansas City has a lot – and I mean a lot with four capital letters – of weapons this year.  Returning on offense we have Jamaal Charles who, though still an injury risk, is lightning in a bottle and a handy receiver for Cassel who caught 40 and 45 passes from Matt in 2009 and 2010, respectively.  To keep Jamaal healthy and to give KC the option of pounding it in the endzone, they brought in Peyton Hillis who is also an adept pass-catcher in his own right, having amassed 61 recs in his pre-Madden cursed 2010 season.  When you factor in a full season of Jon Baldwin – a potential sophomore break out player – with known commodities in Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston, Cassel is being given every opportunity to succeed this year.  He really needs to have a good year to stay at the helm with the Chiefs this year, which could be fairly easy for him to do if he puts the people around him to use.  Again, this ain’t no sleeper post but for where he’s going in drafts, Cassel could totally go Gangnam Style on the competition this year.  Let’s just say I’m intrigued and call it a week, shall we?

  1. AdamH says:

    Should I trade Brees and my 2nd RD pick (#24) and 5th RD pick for Mike Wallace, Matt Ryan and a 2nd RD pick (#19)?

    We keep 3 keepers and then start the draft at RD 1 (which is basically 4). No penalty for keeping a top notch player.

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      Reasonable, I’d do it. Confessed Matty Ice fan for 2012 since about May and I have Wallace ranked high as well.

  2. The G says:


    I drafted for my RCL the other night and wasn’t too happy with my draft. I want your thoughts in regards to my running back situation. Here’s my team:

    DEF- NYG


    Thank you!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      Yeah, with Brees and Fitzgerald taking up your first two rounds, it makes it hard to get an RB1 this year. I don’t mind Turner or Hillis in an RB3 role or RB2 role if needed but you might have issues with keeping pace with others from RB. Not a fan of Gates this year from my rankings for two reasons: one health history and two TE is fairly deep and you probably had to spend a 4th or 5th round pick on him when other reasonable TEs were going later than that. Worried about Redman at this point. Overall, you have a nice WR set for a PPR league but worry you might not get enough touchdowns. Hopefully Randle gets a shot to shine this year.

      I wish I had brighter things to say but I’m not going to lie, you might struggle this year.

      • The G says:


        I spent the 6th round pick on Gates. It was down to him or Pettigrew and thought i’d roll the dice on upside. Running back was thin…but i think Charles will get hurt and/or Hillis will vulture his goal-line touches. I like Spiller and Little to turn the fantasy corner this year. Im either looking at a top 3 finish or a last place ‘Sad Trombone’ type of year.

        • Sky

          Sky says:

          Ah, well at least Gates went cheaper than I would’ve expected. Agree with you regarding Charles, but that means something has to break the right way (pun not intended) for you to have an RB1 this year. I too like Spiller and Little this year but I had to review you based on what you had in your starting line up. I do wish you luck for a happy oboe sort of year rather than sad trombone, though.

  3. The G says:

    I hear ya…I guess we shall see. I’m excited for this year…lots of great story lines to follow besides our fantasy teams. Good luck to you this season!

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      Ha, thanks and you too!

  4. paulzone says:

    10 team league, 6 pts for pass td’s and 0.5 ppr. 3 pt bonus for 300/100/100. What do you think of this team?

    qb: stafford / palmer
    rb: mathews / reggie bush / bradshaw / greene / goodson / royster
    wr: megatron / aj green / wayne / moore / randle / wright
    te: gonzo
    d/st: saints (i play matchups and they play mia in week 1)
    k: hartley

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      Sorry, had a house project I was working on all afternoon/evening on Saturday.

      Mathews is probably the only player I have a problem with because I don’t believe we see a good/healthy season from him if/when he returns. That said, Bush/Bradshaw should be solid RBs with Greene to back them up. Should be a competitive team.

  5. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:


    what do you think of this one in a 12tm dynasty

    i give up:
    Vernon Davis, Robert Turbin, Michael Crabtree

    I get:
    Sproles and Nelson (or demayrius thomas).

    he needs a TE real bad, and has lynch.

    it’s a .5 ppr

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      I’d want Thomas if I’m doing that trade in a dynasty.

  6. Tehol Beddict

    Tehol Beddict says:

    that music video at the end, which I saw last week for first time is a life altering piece. To say it’s drastically changed my life would be an understatement

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      I like to believe Razzball changes lives one youtube link at a time.

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    Hey Sky,
    Hope to get your thoughts on my 10 team Yahoo Non-PPR keeper league? had last pick which always sucks but think I crushed it all things considered.

    Its My Vick In A Box
    1. (10) Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac – RB)
    2. (11) Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
    3. (30) Roddy White (Atl – WR)
    4. (31) Mike Wallace (Pit – WR)
    5. (50) Steven Jackson (StL – RB)
    6. (51) Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG – RB)
    7. (70) Robert Meachem (SD – WR)
    8. (71) Tony Romo (Dal – QB)
    9. (90) Fred Davis (Was – TE)
    10. (91) Titus Young (Det – WR)
    11. (110) Santonio Holmes (NYJ – WR)
    12. (111) Andrew Luck (Ind – QB)
    13. (130) Davone Bess (Mia – WR)
    14. (131) Seattle (Sea – DEF)
    15. (150) Alex Henery (Phi – K)

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      That’s a great team w/Jackson and Bradshaw to anchor MJD’s issues. Should be really competitive this year.

      • Mr2Bits says:

        @Sky, Looks like I dont need a TE in this league, would you lose davis for anyone of these guys?

        Toby Gerhart
        Isaac Redman
        Pierre Thomas
        Roy Helu
        Randall Cobb

        • Sky

          Sky says:

          Like Toby to start the year. I’d do that for now

  8. Eric says:

    Hey Razzball Writers! Haha I asked about my team a couple of times but I think I keep missing you guys. Anyhow, I was wondering if I could get some feedback on my deep 2 QB league?

    10 Team, NO PPR, Yahoo Scoring, 2 QB league

    QB: Aaron Rogers (2, 1st Round)
    QB: Matt Ryan (39, 4th Round)
    WR: Julio Jones (19, 2nd Round)
    WR: Marques Colston (42, 5th Round)
    RB: Adrian Peterson (22, 3rd Round)
    RB:Willis Mcgahee (59, 6th Round)
    TE: Tony Gonzalez (99, 10th Round)
    W/T: Pierre Garcon (79, 8th Round)
    W/R: Torrey Smith (82, 9th Round)
    W/R/T: Michael Bush (102, 11th Round)
    K: Nate Kaeding (179, 18th Round)
    K: Garrett Hartley (182, 19th Round)
    DEF: Buffalo (122, 13th Round)
    DEF: (Stream)
    BN: Philip Rivers (62, 7th Round)
    BN: Robert Meachem (119, 12th Round)
    BN: Justin Blackmon (139, 14th Round)
    BN: Lance Moore (142, 15th Round)
    BN: Isaiah Pead (159, 16th Round)
    BN: Jon Baldwin (162, 17th Round)
    BN: Matt Cassel (199, 20th Round)

    I wasn’t comfortable with spending picks on RBs when the water was so murky so I was thinking that I would trade Rivers for a legit RB when the water clears up a bit. I went with a bunch of WRs because I feel like it’s easier to catch lightning in a bottle with them. What do you guys think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      Hey Eric, sorry for the delay in response. I looked over the comments section and this is the first post I’ve seen by you about this team. Maybe your first ones didn’t go through. In either case, overall, you have a good looking team. My only issue is your lack of depth at RB. With that many flex positions, I’d want more than 4 RB on my team. Having spent your first round pick on Rodgers should’ve afforded you to wait a bit longer on QB2. As it is you have Rivers and Ryan and could probably do without one of them for the season. I’d try to fix the RB situation by moving one of them. Preferably Rivers but whoever gives you the most value.

      • Eric says:

        @Sky, Whooo quick response haha. Yes, I need more RBs for sure haha, I just thought that QBs were falling too low in value so I snagged an extra QB in Rivers. I’m probably going to trade Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers away for a legit RB so hopefully that will change my situation a bit. Thanks!

        • Sky

          Sky says:

          No problem. Good luck in swinging a solid deal for one!

  9. Zachary Neugut says:

    I’m in a league which has 2 rb’s as well as a flex. My RB’s are Ray rice, charles, and lynch so ill use the third as a flex. My backup rbs are tate and daniel thomas and my other flex options if a RB got hurt are my wr’s holmes, brazill and amendola (assuming none of my starting wrs sucks or gets hurt). should i get isiah pead or jonathan dwyer. I shouldnt have a need for either in the first couple of weeks but not sure which should be better post week 8.
    thanks a lot

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      I’d lean Dwyer.

  10. Scott says:

    Lafeil or Kendall wright?
    Ryan Williams or rashard Jennings?
    Need upside for my bench

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      LaFell? If so I’d go LaFell and Williams.

  11. DSimms says:

    So just got done with my 12 team non-ppr keeper league and i kept missing out on Qb value that I liked and ended up with Locker as my starter. Really strong everywhere else tho. Should i panic a bit or no?

    QB- Locker
    RB- L. McCoy (keeper rd. 1)
    RB- DMC (keeper rd. 10)!
    RB- J. Charles
    WR- Dez
    WR- Maclin
    WR- D. Jax
    TE- J. Graham (keeper rd. 6)
    Flex guys – R. Cobb, K. Wright, S. Ridley, K. Hunter, A. Green

    FA QB’s – Cassel, Bradford, Ponder, Weeden, Tannehill, Skelton

    • Sky

      Sky says:

      Yeah I’d be a bit worried. Not super hyped about Charles in a non-PPR league. A green is the RB in GB I take it? I’d lose him for Cassel. Play matchups between the two until you maybe land a reasonable trade.

  12. Phil says:

    I have pick 3.
    I already have as keepers Stafford and Murry.
    I would like to pick up another RB.
    This is who I can pick from.
    Jones drew
    What do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:


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