News: The Chargers released veteran quarterback Kevin OConnell Saturday, less than two weeks after he was added for depth. O'Connell did not appear in the team's preseason opener Thursday.
Analysis: The Chargers added O'Connell after backup Charlie Whitehurst came down with an injury, but the team clearly did not end up having a use for him. At this point, O'Connell may catch on in another training camp, but he has no Fantasy value.
News: The Chargers signed quarterback Kevin O'Connell on Sunday, reports Chargers.com. O'Connell played for San Diego State in college. O'Connell was brought in because the Chargers needed an additional arm.
Analysis: The Chargers are dealing with an injury to Charlie Whitehurst and Kyle Boller decided to retire, making O'Connell necessary. Still, he doesn't figure to see the field for any downs this season. O'Connell has no Fantasy value.
News: The Palm Beach Post reports the Jets on Sunday have signed QB Kevin O'Connell, who was released by the Dolphins on cut-down day Saturday. O'Connell will be the No. 3 QB for the Jets behind Mark Sanchez and Mark Brunell.
Analysis: O'Connell has minimal Fantasy value coming into the season. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
News: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Dolphins have added another arm to the QB competition. Kevin OConnell, a three-year veteran who has played for the Patriots and Jets, reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins. He participated in Fridays practice. Tom Brandstater, who spent a couple of weeks on the Dolphins practice squad last season, was waived to make room for OConnell.
Analysis: Even though OConnell was drafted one round behind Chad Henne, its more realistic he will compete with Matt Moore and Pat Devlin for one of the teams two backup spots. He has minimal Fantasy value and is not worth owning in any leagues.
News: Injured starting WR Jerricho Cotchery and CB Lito Sheppard are among the Jets inactive players for todays game against the Raiders. WR Brad Smith, QB Kevin OConnell, S James Ihedigbo, OG Matt Slauson, and LB Marques Murrell are also inactive. Erik Ainge is the No. 3 quarterback.
Analysis: David Clowney will start in place of Cotchery in Week 7. The rest of these players have little to no Fantasy relevance.
News: The New York Daily News is reporting that the Jets have acquired QB Kevin O'Connell in a trade with the Lions. O'Connell was cut last week by the New England Patriots and picked up by the Lions. Terms of the trade are undisclosed as of now.
Analysis: The Jets will start Mark Sanchez this season and Kellen Clemens is the backup. Clemens is dealing with an injury to his throwing elbow, however. That means that Erik Ainge is the current No. 2 for the time being and O'Connell the No. 3. Still, he doesn't figure to see the field anytime soon. Leave him on waivers in all leagues.
News: The Lions have claimed former Patriots backup quarterback Kevin O'Connell off waivers from the Patriots. The move comes after third-stringer Drew Stanton tore knee cartilage, an injury that requires surgery. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday coaches will set up a simple package of plays for O'Connell and "see how comfortable he can get in the next 24 hours."
Analysis: We'd be stunned to see O'Connell end up as anything more than the No. 3/emergency QB for the Lions, and frankly we could see him wind up somewhere else before the season is through. Keep him off of Fantasy rosters.
News: The Patriots have officially released backup QB Kevin O'Connell. O'Connell, a third-round draft choice in 2008, was considered the leading candidate to be the team's top backup to Tom Brady entering training camp. O'Connell struggled in the team's preseason win over the Redskins on Friday, throwing two interceptions. In addition to Brady, the team now has five-year veteran Andrew Walter and rookie free agent Brian Hoyer on the roster.
Analysis: O'Connell was thought to be the heir apparent to Brady down the road after Cassel was traded, but he's been a disappointment and is now out of a job. Ignore O'Connell in all leagues on Draft Day even if he does find a job with a new team. It would not be a surprise to see him land in Denver or Kansas City, where ex-Patriots familiar with his skills currently reside.
News: New England backup QB Kevin O'Connell came on late for Matt Cassel against Arizona and was 1-of-2 passing for minus-2 yards and three carries for minus-6 yards.
Analysis: O'Connell has minimal Fantasy value and should not be used in Week 17 against Buffalo.
News: New England quarterback Matt Cassel practiced for a second straight session Friday following the death of his father earlier this week. But the Patriots declined to say whether he'll play against Oakland on Sunday. Coach Bill Belichick addressed the media briefly before Friday's practice at San Jose State and wouldn't describe Cassel's playing status. "We'll do our thing after practice and let you know," Belichick said. Cassel briefly left the team on Wednesday after his father, Greg, died Monday night in the Los Angeles area. Cassel was notified of his father's passing on Tuesday, but stayed with the team before flying to Southern California to be with his family. Though all indications are that Cassel will play against the struggling Raiders, Belichick and the Patriots have yet to say. If Cassel is unable to play against Oakland, rookie Kevin O'Connell would likely start.
Analysis: Cassel has completed 64 percent of his passes since taking over for the injured Tom Brady in the season opener. He has thrown for 3,052 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. "He seems to be doing really good," teammate Ty Warren said of Cassel. "Guys in the locker room have been supporting him. He's our family. What he's dealing with is a difficult thing but we're here for him." Even if O'Connell has to make his first career start, it's not a favorable matchup against a very good secondary in Oakland. Look to other options in Fantasy Week 15.
News: New England QB Kevin O'Connell was active for Week 14 against the Seahawks as the Patriots backup behind Matt Cassel. He did not play in the game.
Analysis: As a backup QB, O'Connell has virtually no Fantasy appeal. Leave him on waivers for Week 15 at Oakland.
News: New England had several players active for Week 13 against the Steelers without picking up any stats in the game. Running back Heath Evans and WR Sam Aiken played but did not have any stats. Backup QB Kevin O'Connell did not play in the game but was active.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value, so consider to ignore them in Week 14 at Seattle.
News: Only three New England players were active or played in Week 11 against the Jets without picking up any stats. Backup QB Kevin O'Connell did not play in the game but was active. Tight end David Thomas and WR Kelley Washington played but did not stat.
Analysis: As a backup TE, Thomas has virtually no Fantasy appeal. Leave him on waivers for Week 12 at Miami. The same goes for the other two players mentioned above.
News: Patriots WR Kelley Washington and QB Kevin O'Connell all dressed for Week 10 against Buffalo but did not record an offensive stat.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value, so ignore them in Week 11 against the Jets.
News: Patriots WR Kelley Washington, WR Sam Aiken and QB Kevin O'Connell all dressed for Week 9 against Indianapolis but did not record an offensive stat.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value, so ignore them in Week 10 against Buffalo.
News: Patriots TE David Thomas, WR Jabar Gaffney, WR Matt Slater and QB Kevin O'Connell didn't record offensive statistics Week 8 against the Broncos.
Analysis: None of these players ever does enough statistically to matter in Fantasy. Leave them all on waivers.
News: Patriots WR Matt Slater, WR Sam Aiken and QB Kevin O'Connell didn't record offensive statistics Week 6 at San Diego.
Analysis: None of these players does enough statistically one a week-to-week basis to matter in Fantasy. Leave them all on waivers for Week 7 against the Broncos.
News: Patriots WR Matt Slater, RB Heath Evans, TE David Thomas, WR Sam Aiken and QB Kevin O'Connell all dressed for New England's Week 5 win over the 49ers but did not record an offensive stat.
Analysis: None of these guys have any Fantasy value. Continue to ignore them in Week 6 when New England visits San Diego.
News: Patriots QB Kevin O'Connell got some garbage time in a 38-13 loss to the Dolphins in Week 3, completing 3-of-4 passes for 25 yards.
Analysis: O'Connell is now one injury away from starting for the Patriots if Matt Cassel gets hurt. Don't add O'Connell in any leagues at this time, but keep an eye on Cassel. If he struggles and O'Connell is somehow promoted, then he would be worth adding to your Fantasy team. The Patriots are off in Week 4, however.
News: Patriots WR Kelley Washington, WR Matt Slater, TE Stephen Spach and QB Kevin O'Connell all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 2 against the Jets.
Analysis: Most of these players are either reserves, play on special teams or aren't an integral part of the Patriots' offense. They have little to no Fantasy value heading into Week 3 against the Dolphins.
News: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's in no rush to sign a new quarterback. Belichick spoke Tuesday, one day after losing MVP Tom Brady for the season with a knee injury. The coach said quarterbacks Tim Rattay and Chris Simms were in Foxborough on Monday, but they didn't work out or take physicals. It appears the team will go into Sunday's game against the New York Jets with two quarterbacks - veteran backup Matt Cassel and rookie Kevin O'Connell. Cassel replaced Brady in New England's 17-10 win over Kansas City. And Belichick says the team hasn't decided on whether to add another quarterback.
Analysis: O'Connell is now one injury away from starting for the Patriots if Cassel gets hurt. Don't add O'Connell in any leagues at this time, but keep an eye on Cassel. If he struggles and O'Connell is somehow promoted, then he would be worth adding to your Fantasy team.
News:The Providence Journal reports that because New England has signed its 94th overall draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, quarterback Kevin O'Connell, backup QB Matt Cassel's days as Tom Brady's backup could be numbered.
Analysis: The Pats haven't taken a QB that high in the draft since picking a guy named Drew Bledsoe first overall. Unless Brady gets hurt, neither Cassel nor O'Connell really have any Fantasy value. We still think Cassel could win the backup job, but speculation would argue against that. Either way, neither are worth adding off the waiver wire unless something happens to Brady.
News: The New England Patriots on Monday signed LB Shawn Crable and QB Kevin O'Connell, two players drafted in the third round this year. O'Connell was taken with the 94th overall pick out of San Diego State. He passed for 7,689 yards, 46 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 40 college games.
Analysis: O'Connell has minimal Fantasy value and should not be drafted in any Fantasy leagues this year. He won't even touch the field if something happens to Tom Brady.
News: The Boston Globe reports that Patriots QB Matt Gutierrez, in making the club as a rookie free agent last year, was composed and in command in preseason action. But the Patriots essentially had him working off a limited script, so the challenge this year will be to show he can operate as smoothly with more responsibilites. His battle with Matt Cassel to backup Tom Brady figures to be one of the more notable training camp storylines. Given the complexity of the Patriots' offense, this would presumably be a learning-behind-the-scenes year for rookie Kevin O'Connell.
Analysis: Unless Brady gets hurt, Gutierrez and Cassel have minimal Fantasy value. Look for Cassel to win the job, and he would be the one worth adding off the waiver wire if something happened to Brady. O'Connell will likely sit most of the year.