Today we’re introducing our brand new fantasy sports blogger, Josh Brier!
As I furiously searched the free agent wire in my fantasy league Sunday evening, in need of another quarterback thanks to the frail butterfly that is Jason Campbell, I was beginning to believe that Campbell’s back-up, Kyle Boller, was going to be my best option (slim pickings for QB’s in a 12-team league). I refuse to consider John Beck of the Redskins as I am a Miami Dolphin fan with too good a memory about his brief SoFla tenure. Beck also couldn’t beat out Rex Grossman for the starting gig in Washington. Yes, the same Rex Grossman that occupies the nightmares of almost every Chicago Bear fan and is the football equivalent of Kevin Costner…HOW DOES THIS GUY KEEP GETTING WORK?!?…back to my initial problem. Not having a solid QB option is an invite to selecting at the top of next year’s fantasy draft. It was during my thoughts about drafting Aaron Rodgers number one next season when I stumbled upon the enigmatic Tim Tebow, who was still sitting in the free agent pool. Was he worth the gamble, or should I bite the bullet and offer up some of my RB depth to get the likes of Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb? This led to research and I was surprised with what I found…Tebow could be a fantasy monster with some modest improvement from last year’s stint as a starter!
Consider the following- in 3 games of meaningful playing time last year he threw for 651 yards, tossed 4 TD’s (to 3 INT’s), rushed for 199 yards and had 3 rushing TD’s. That is nearly a 30 point per game average! We are talking Michael Vick territory (when Vick’s not throwing to receivers on the other team) and one would expect that the guy would at least show some modicum of improvement year-over-year in the passing game. What he does with his legs will not change, that was his strength coming into the league (remember that he ONLY rushed for 49 TD’s in 3 years as the Gator’s starting QB). He showed just as much in leading a second half comeback against the Chargers last week when he threw for 79 yards, rushed for 38 yards and scored 2 TD’s (1 rushing). That was an 18 point performance in just one-half of work and against a 4-1 Charger team that had only allowed one team to score more than 20 points against their defense in the first 4 games (and that team was the New England Patriots who score more than 30 points on almost everyone they face).
Buy low while you can. The Broncos schedule for the remainder of the season has them playing the porous defenses of Miami, Buffalo, Minnesota, Kansas City (twice) and Oakland (who Orton threw for 300 yards against in week one). Tebow is also getting back wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was the receiver prospect ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. compared to Calvin Johnson coming out of the same Georgia Tech program in 2010 (he missed most of last season and the first few games this year due to injury). Tebow deserves love in all fantasy formats as he will be a top 10 performer from here on out. Don’t believe me…watch someone else in your league reap the benefits.
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About Joshua Brier:
Joshua is a delusional sports fanatic and is the pre-eminent authority on all things fantasy sports. He has won every fantasy league he has ever participated in and competed in his first league while still in the womb.
For an income, Josh analyzes risk for a Fortune 500 company and lives in the greater Hartford area in Connecticut. He attended Arizona State University and adores all Sun Devils athletics. He is married with three children (one human and two English bulldogs named Stewie and Bertram). You can follow his bulldogs on Twitter @Stewie_Bertram.