Denver fans rejoice! Tim Tebow is finally the starter “for good.” Now the Broncos will finish the season undefeated, win the Superbowl and repeat it all next year. Did I take that too far?
OK, maybe Denver is still a sub .500 team even with the savior Tim Tebow coming to the rescue, considering the fact that Kyle Orton really hasn’t been that bad since being in Denver and Tebow has less experience and isn’t as good of a passer.
But at least there’s something to talk about in Denver other than their yearly injury bug. Tebow is an exciting player, and while I don’t think he’ll lead the Mile High dwellers out of oblivion just yet, he could very likely make an impact in the fantasy world, and I, for one, am jumping on his bandwagon.
Up: Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos
I’m sticking with my previous storyline and putting Tebow here. While he won’t put up huge numbers every week, Tebow could be a worthwhile pickup as a backup.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility to say Tebow could average one rushing touchdown each week due to his tremendous size, strength and speed. He is essentially a hybrid running back/quarterback. You might say that’s not unheard of, look at Michael Vick.
Well, the difference is Tim Tebow is in the body of a tight end or large fullback at 6-foot 3-inches, 240 pounds. And of course Tebow will eventually make a play through the air here and there. Oh, and here’s a little exclusive snippet for all you Michael Vick owners: Tebow plays Miami week 7, which is Vick’s bye. Am I the only one smelling 3-4 all-purpose touchdowns in that matchup?
Up: Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts
It’s weird to put a Colt in this column considering how flat this team has been thus far. However, Garcon has surprised everyone with massive back-to-back games. Week 4, he caught two balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Most, including myself, attributed this to one crazy week for him, considering he did only catch two passes. But this week he surprised again with five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns and is becoming Curtis Painter’s favorite target. Garcon is becoming somewhat of a consistent piece in this offense and he isn’t a bad bye week pickup as he is available in many leagues.
Up: Jackie Battle, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Down: Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster, RB’s, Kansas City Chiefs
I combined these three guys simply based on last Sunday’s performance out of the Kansas City backfield. It looks like my recent picks of Jones and McCluster may have been off base after seeing last Sunday’s performances.
Last week the 6-foot 2-inch, 238-pound Battle stole the show and carried the rock 19 times for 119 yards. Jones didn’t have a bad performance with 10 carries and 55 yards, but I think this will become a trend with Jones’ workload decreasing and Battle’s rising.
I thought last week may be McCluster’s breakout day against a weak Indy defense, but it turned out he got less work than he’s gotten all season with just one carry and four catches for just eight yards. With Kansas City’s passing game on the rise, mostly due to stellar week-in week-out performance from wideout Dwayne Bowe, I just don’t think there is enough work to go around to feed all 3 backs consistently. But from here on out if you are going to bet on one of these guys, Battle is probably your best option.