“Probably the most improved player I’ve seen is Brian Quick,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s doing a great job. Another guy that we’re giving an opportunity to, he’s competing for playing time and he’s made the most of his opportunities. He started today, again just moving guys around in and out of the lineup trying to create competition, and he’s stepped up and made a lot of big plays for us.”
If you’re looking to acquire Quick, it should be fairly easy to do. Quick is basically free in every format right now and it may be worth your time to pick him up.
Jon Moore told us why Quick has star potential, and on a per attempt basis he was actually decent last year. Before Sam Bradford got hurt he posted an AYA of 8.65 when targeting Quick, the most of any wide receiver on the Rams. It’s a very small sample size due to Quick only seeing 20 targets (fifth most), but were not talking about someone you have to spend a lot to get. We’re talking about someone who is free.
I understand if you’re not interested, Quick is a 25-year-old WR with almost no production in his first two seasons. He’s also in a crowded receiving corps on a team that would probably like to run more than they pass. However, let’s look at other WRs going late in drafts. The majority of WRs being drafted as fliers are guys that have seen fantasy production before but are likely past their prime or might be in the wrong situations. Harry Douglas came on strong last year but how many targets will he see with Julio Jones and Roddy White leading the way? Brandon LaFell has pretty much shown what he can do, or can’t, do. He may improve with Tom Brady but he’s so far down the depth chart right now that I had to look twice to find him. Kenny Britt is in a battle with Quick for playing time in St.Louis, and Stevie Johnson is in one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL. Even Jerricho Cotchery is being drafted before Quick, I can’t even make sense of how that’s happening. If you wanted to draft Marqise Lee, who may be poised to be the top rookie WR in 2014, or Greg Jennings, who Justin Winn suggested you draft everywhere but may not be that much of a bargain–they come with a ton of upside, and you can get all these players after round 13.
If I’m taking a WR that late though, I’m looking for something special and if I don’t find it he’s getting cut. Entering his third season that’s exactly what Quick appears to be. It’s certainly possible that Quick never has any fantasy value, but considering how well he performed in college and his athletic ability, it’s also certainly possible that he can have value. Either way, you can’t afford to not keep tabs on him.