Brady Quinn: QB Unlikely to Be Fantasy Relevant Despite Injury to Matt Cassel

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter on October 7, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Baltimore defeated Kansas City 9-6.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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It is important to be opportunistic in fantasy football, but do not waste valuable roster spots on players that will not help your team. Brady Quinn is one of those players.

The quarterback took over for Matt Cassel in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens when the starter was knocked out by Haloti Ngata and was cheered off of the field. Now fans of the Kansas City Chiefs will get to see what life is like without their starter. According to ESPN:

It's unclear how long Cassel will be out, but at this point every indication is that Quinn will be the starter when the Chiefs head to Tampa Bay next weekend.

Quinn did look good in the short time he was on the field last game. He completed all three of his passes and would have had the go-ahead touchdown if not for a penalty to negate the effort. Unfortunately, this is the same player that was not good enough to keep a job with the Cleveland Browns.

The former first-round pick became a career backup when he could only muster a 3-9 career record as a starter in three years with the team that drafted him. Sunday's action was his first pass attempts since 2009.

His biggest problem in his career has been consistency. He has 10 career touchdowns, nine of which took place in three mistake-free games. In his other nine starts, Quinn has thrown only one touchdown compared to nine interceptions. 

In his one year as a full-time starter, the former Notre Dame star had six games in which he threw for 100 yards or fewer. He was unable to shake his college narrative that he could not perform well against a solid defense.

This is not going to help your fantasy team.

While one could argue that there are better weapons on his current team, that will not help. If Cassel could not be an effective fantasy player with this squad, Quinn has little chance to do better.

The quarterback switch also comes after the Chiefs figured out that Jamaal Charles is a pretty good running back. The running back inexplicably only received 22 rushing attempts in the first two games combined. Not surprisingly, the team was blown out in each game.

In the two games that Charles has more than 20 carries, Kansas City has its only win and was almost able to upset the Baltimore Ravens. Unless Romeo Crennel wants to join the unemployment line, he will keep giving the ball to his most talented player.

This change in strategy will help the team, but it will hurt Quinn's ability to provide good enough statistics to make him a good fantasy player. 

It is unknown how long Cassel will be out. However, it is very likely that he will regain his starting spot when he is once again healthy.

Brady Quinn will have to show he can be successful on more than one drive to believe he is worth a pickup in your fantasy league.


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