Fantasy football deep sleepers: Brian Quick has potential

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Tim Tebow, QB, Jets: What a difference an offseason (and a trade) make. Eventually, he'll be starting for the Jets this season, but not right away, so owners will focus on other QBs and leave Tebow alone. You'll be able to grab him late and stash him on your bench until he wins the job. And, if he winds up playing some running back, it's quite possible your league will have him listed as a QB/RB, which would let you play him in a flex eventually.

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jaguars: He had zero weapons last season. Now suddenly, he has Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans and Mike Thomas to throw to along with Marcedes Lewis. We'll see if last season was that he was bad or that he had no one to throw to. If all the other good backup QB's are taken, he's worth a flier just in case he is better than we thought, and these new weapons let him blossom.

Taiwan Jones, RB, Raiders: He's an unknown, but the Raiders let Michael Bush go even though Darren McFadden can't stay healthy. Jones will have some value early on, as the Raiders won't want to overburden McFadden in an effort to keep him in the lineup. So he'll get his chances, and then, when McFadden does get hurt, the job will be his.

David Wilson, RB, Giants: New York didn't draft him in the first round to be Ahmad Bradshaw's caddy. While I think Wilson will go into the season as the complementary back initially, he'll get every chance to play his way into at least a time-share. The Giants aren't convinced on Bradshaw's ability to carry the load, (or with D.J. Ware as a backup) because if they were they wouldn't have gone RB in the draft as early as they did. He could be a good flex option later in the season.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers: The Chargers offense really took off in 2011 when Floyd came back from injury. He had 24 catches and four touchdowns in the final five weeks of the season -- and in four of those weeks he had at least 95 yards receiving. That's a harbinger for this season. He'll be the de facto number one WR for Philip Rivers, who has great chemistry with him. He could wind up being your flex or even a number two very early on this year.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks:Matt Flynn has to throw it to someone, and while it seems crowded in Seattle's WR corps, it really isn't. Sidney Rice has been a bust. Mike Williams wasn't the player he was a year ago. Golden Tate has shown flashes, but he's inconsistent. Baldwin was a sometime-fantasy starter last year, and now that he has a QB who can actually throw the football in Flynn, his value just went way up. Another guy who could be a consistent flex option right away.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals: It's tailor-made for him to become a big possession receiver in Cincinnati. Jerome Simpson is gone, and there's a gaping hole opposite A.J. Green. Sanu caught 115 passes last year at Rutgers, and he has great hands and runs good routes. He'll get a ton of targets underneath. By the end of September, he'll be a viable option for your starting lineup.

Brian Quick, WR, Rams: Well, Sam Bradford has to throw it to someone, even a non-FBS second-round draftee. Whenever you're the number one receiver (by achievement or by default), you're going to get the targets and be fantasy viable. Bradford's got Danny Amendola in the slot but Quick will be his go-to target. The Rams drafted him to be Bradford's guy for the next ten years, so he's worthy of a spot on your roster.

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans: I see Wright and I think "street ball." I see Jake Locker and I think "street ball." I see both of these guys hooking up a ton this season. Kenny Britt is coming off a torn ACL, and Nate Washington is not bad, but he's not special. Tennessee didn't take Wright in the first round to see him play third fiddle in the offense. He'll catch a lot of long passes from Locker (who I think will win the job in camp) and possibly be very similar to what Torrey Smith was a year ago.

Joe Adams, WR, Panthers: Hey, Cam Newton needs someone else to throw to besides Steve Smith, right? I know he's a 4th round pick, but Adams is one of those smaller, lightning-fast wideouts who can make a huge living in the slot and on broken plays. In a perfect world he's the Victor Cruz of 2012. In a more likely scenario, he can give you Darren Sproles-in-the-passing-game-type production. And he may have been the best punt returner in college last season, making the Panthers defense more valuable on draft day as well.

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