Fantasy Impact: Tim Tebow
First off, you all know this one is a sore spot for me because I can think of at least 30 players I would have rather seen my Broncos take in the draft, but even I’ll admit that this kid is starting to grow on me like a fungus.
I don’t know if I’ve finally grown tired of hating him or come to terms with the fact that he’s going to be around for a little while and I had better get used to it.
He does have a great attitude, he’s certainly saying all the right things, and even the veterans are starting to give him props… “He is a very humble guy but he is a very hard worker” said Brian Dawkins, “He is constantly asking me questions and he is asking from a humble state of ‘what can I do to get better and improve’”.
When guys Weapon-X are throwing out compliments like that, it says something about the way you handle yourself. My stance on this kid as a quarterback remains the same but I’m really starting to realize why he’s going to stick around in the NFL. He’s an athlete and a winning personality that takes over like an infection in a locker-room, which is one of the big reasons he was drafted. McDaniels wants people to buy into what he’s doing and he knows Tebow will go out there and risk life & limb for the team, while playing whatever position he’s told to play.
Of course, you all know by now that Tebow-Mania has swept the football nation and his jersey is leading the entire league in sales….. yes, more than Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, or even the Silver Fox aka Brett Favre. One would think ‘that’s an awful lot of fans that will have to watch Kyle Orton start at QB for the Broncos in 2010‘, but what about his fantasy impact this year and beyond???
I don’t see Tebow starting at QB until very late in the year, if at all, but that doesn’t mean he can’t sneak in a play or two and score you some fantasy points this season. There’s rumors of a “Wild Horses Set” being used in Dove Valley that would feature Tebow in at running back, shifting out wide, and of course behind center with Moreno and Correl Buckhalter in the backfield with him.
There’s also different packages they’re going to install around the goal-line for this kid and that just tells me that I might be able to get a few TDs out of a backup QB in a deeper league more than anything. He might actually sail one of those trademark flailing duck passes to the corner of the end-zone to Daniel Graham or new rookie Erick Decker late in the year.
I hate to say it, but I’m expecting a similar kind of situation to his freshman days at Florida when he was worked in sparingly behind then starter Chirs Leak in specialty formations, goal-line packages, and short yardage situations.
The bottom line does remain that McDaniels will do whatever it takes to back up his own ego and the decision he’s made, so expect to see Tebow on the field in some fashion each game.Â He’s not going to start for your fantasy teams every week, but he might be a decent options in larger leagues with deeper rosters that require two starting QBs every week.Â Tebow might just be a decent bye week filler for you some week this season… stranger things have happened.
The bonus of all this however, it that righteous “Friar Tuck” picture at the top of this story.Â That frickin haircut is epic! Tebow has given us football fans a gem for life, as that photo will go down in history as one of the best rookie hazing haircuts of all-time.Â Soon you’ll see Denver-area children walking around, getting their “Monk” on.
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