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Cassel could miss opener

Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel has a sprained MCL in his right knee and could miss the season opener, according to reports on both Pro Football Talk and Yahoo! Sports.

Cassel was hurt on the third play of Saturday's 14-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He's expected to be out 2-4 weeks. The Chiefs open the regular season Sept. 13 at Baltimore.

Cassel came over to the Chiefs from the New England Patriots in an offseason trade and signed a six-year, $63 million contract with Kansas City. He's 11 of 16 for 114 yards and one touchdown so far this preseason.

Cassel's injury shouldn't have a huge fantasy impact this year, but it may give you pause entering your draft. If you're on the fence between Cassel and another QB, put your mind at ease and grab the healthy one.

---Jay Skurski

Fabiano sees potential in Edwards

Despite my aversion to such lists (see the post below), I thought I'd pass along the link to another one of the endless "sleeper" candidate articles floating around the Internet this time of year.

This one, by NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano, ranks Bills quarterback Trent Edwards second, behind Redskins QB Jason Campbell.

Here's Fabiano's take on Edwards: "The value of Edwards started to rise the instant the Bills signed Terrell Owens. The Stanford product now has a tremendous pair of wideouts in T.O. and Lee Evans, and the presence of what should remain an effective ground attack should keep opposing defenses honest. If Edwards can improve his decision making and decrease his number of turnovers, he'll turn into a nice matchup-based fantasy starter."

The decision making and decreased amount of turnovers certainly weren't on display Saturday against Green Bay. Until Edwards and the Bills show some consistency in their new no-huddle offense, Edwards remains a low-end starting quarterback option in fantasy leagues.

---Jay Skurski

Taking issue with 'sleeper' lists

It's nearing the end of August, which means absolutely, 100 percent, without a doubt I'm tired of reading about fantasy football "sleepers."

The term makes no sense. If the true definition of a sleeper is a player who has a season no one saw coming, how can Cowboys running back Felix Jones appear on approximately 352 "sleeper" lists?

In Sunday's column, I choose instead to employ a different term: bargain. If you play fantasy football, you know who Laurence Maroney and Pierre Thomas are. They're not sleepers by any stretch, but they are guys who could slip to the later rounds of your draft.

---Jay Skurski 

Brady sharp in return

Thinking about New England's Tom Brady in the first round of your fantasy football draft? If preseason games in August mean anything, it might not be a bad idea.

Brady was his usual self in his return to the field Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Chris Baker (he was also intercepted once). Brady played nearly the entire first half, which is sticking with what has been a busy training camp.

Brady finished the game against Philly 10 of 15 for 100 yards.

---Jay Skurski