Brady Quinn: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Chiefs QB

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 22, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 14, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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As the Kansas City Chiefs come out of their bye week head coach Romeo Crennel has apparently decided to shake things up in an effort to get the team on the right track, beginning with a change under center.

Sixth-year veteran Brady Quinn, who started in Week 6 for the injured Matt Cassel, will once again take the field Sunday when the Chiefs face the Oakland Raiders, and as Crennel told the Associated Press via Fox News it's a switch meant to get his floundering team's attention:

I felt like the most impactful move I could make to get everybody's attention was to change the quarterback. I think that will get everybody's attention, and hopefully that impacts the team because the quarterback position is the one that has the spotlight on him.

This move may well get his team's attention, but in reality all it does it point out just how horrid the quarterback situation in Kansas City is.

After all, it's not like Quinn played well in the team's blowout loss to the Buccaneers two weeks ago, completing 22 of 38 passes and tossing a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

However, as bad as Quinn's performance may have been, Cassel has been even worse this season. The 30-year-old with the $63 million contract has been a human turnover machine this year, throwing nine interceptions and losing five fumbles in five games (one of which he didn't finish).

From a fantasy football perspective Quinn's insertion into the starting lineup doesn't mean a whole lot for the quarterback himself, because unless you're playing in an exceptionally deep or a two-quarterback fantasy league, Brady Quinn has no business whatsoever on your roster.

The value of running back Jamaal Charles should remain more or less unchanged as well. It's not like the Chiefs were moving the ball effectively through the air anyway, and Charles will all but certainly continue to receive a very heavy workload against defensive fronts stacked to stop him.

That leaves wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, and for fantasy owners of the sixth-year pro the outlook isn't good. In Quinn's start against the Buccaneers (who have been a favorable fantasy matchup for wideouts in 2012) Bowe had by far his worst statistical game of the season, catching only three balls for 25 yards.

So, to recap, for fantasy purposes we have a quarterback you shouldn't touch, a running back that remains untouched, and a wide receiver that just got touched up.