Entering this season some fantasy owners in deeper leagues took a late flier on rookie wide receiver Brian Quick of the St. Louis Rams, believing that, given the sorry state of the St. Louis receiving corps, Quick would make a, well, quick ascension into a prominent role on offense in the Gateway City.
However, the youngster from the small school has been slow to adjust to the National Football League, and after being a complete non-factor for the Rams for most of the season Quick is much more likely to be found on the waiver wire than on a roster in most fantasy football leagues.
Quick, who caught 71 passes for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Appalachian State, has had trouble picking up the Rams playbook, but as former Rams great Isaac Bruce recently told ESPN Radio in St. Louis, he looks for both Quick's knowledge of the St. Louis playbook and his playing time to increase significantly over the second half of the season.
"It took me about eight weeks before I really knew what was going on, from a playbook standpoint," said Bruce, "and I think Mr. Quick might be on that same program."
For a moment in the Rams game with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday it appeared that "The Reverend" may be prophetic indeed, as Quick was on the receiving end of the Rams' first score of the day, a 36-yard pass from quarterback Sam Bradford that put the team ahead 7-0.
With that said though, as "Quick"-ly as he appeared to be set for a big day, that day was done, as that scoring strike was Quick's only catch on the day. It's that lack of snaps and targets that a Rams official told Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly will all but certainly prevent Quick from making an impact in St. Louis this season.
“I can’t put my finger on what the problem has been with him,” one team insider said. “He just looked lost in the London game (in Week Eight). If you make the analogy to baseball, he’s like a player 80 games into a season with 25 at-bats. At this stage of the season, it could be real hard for him to catch up.”
So, if Quick's not making a dent for the Rams then he's certainly not making one in fantasy football, and with Quick mired on the depth chart and only occasionally even seeing the field, much less the ball, there are much better ways to use a precious roster spot as we continue towards the fantasy postseason.
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