Yes, in all seriousness, it’s time to welcome Tim Tebow to your fantasy team. He didn’t look great on Sunday, but neither did Orton, so I don’t think there is anyway John Fox can turn back now. Tebow went 4/10 for 79 yards and 1 TD, the majority of which came on a 31 yard completion to Daniel Fells and a screen-pass to Knowshon Moreno which he turned into a 28 yard touchdown. But of course, it’s not Tebow’s passing that’s appealing; it’s what he does with this legs. He rushed for 38 yards and 1 score, something fantasy owners should expect at the very least. Tebow has a rushing touchdown in every game he’s ever started, and averaged over 66 yards rushing a game.
Prediction the rest of the season –
Passing – 2,000 yards-18 TDs-15 INTs
Rushing – 700 yards-10 TDs
QB – Matt Cassel – KC – I mentioned it last week, Cassel is starting to return to last year’s form. I expect big things the rest of the way, especially as his chemistry with Breaston grows.
QB – Alex Smith – SF – Had another great week this week. The injury to Josh Morgan could be costly, but Braylon Edwards is expected back by week 8, and he has a very favorable schedule going forward.
QB – Curtis Painter – IND – Surprise, surprise. The Colts look a lot better when they play a QB that has been in the system for more than two weeks. Painter should be a viable bye-week replacement all season.
WR – Victor Cruz – NYG – Made another spectacular catch for a touchdown this week. He continues to make plays and Manning looks comfortable with him in the slot. Manningham owners might want to make sure they own this guy if he’s still available.
WR – Doug Baldwin – SEA – Had a monster day on Sunday – 8rec-136yds-1TD. It’s worth noting the majority of his production came with Charlie Whitehurst at QB. Mike Williams also missed the game, so it remains to be seen how big a role Baldwin will have after their bye-week this week.
WR – Darius Heyward-Bey – OAK – He’s beginning to look more and more like an actual receiver every week. He’s running multiple routes (instead of just fly’s), and making big plays once the ball is in his hands. I still think Moore is the #1, but that will benefit Heward-Bey this week as he shouldn’t be matched up against Joe Haden all day.
WR – Early Doucet – ARI – Had a whopping 16 targets this past week against Minnesota. However, the Cardinals were down the whole game so that probably wasn’t a part of the game plan.
RB – Jackie Battle – KC – Could be the workhorse for the Chiefs the rest of the season. I can’t say I’m not disappointed. I was all-in on Dexter McCluster and he hasn’t shown much yet. But with Thomas Jones not stepping up either, I was still holding out for a breakout performance from McCluster. Keep an eye on what the Chiefs say during their bye-week this week.
RB – Earnest Graham – TB – LeGarrette Blount has a left knee injury, but nothing specific has come out yet. If Blount is out this week, Graham could have a big week against New Orleans. Once again, keep an eye on the injury report.
RB – Delone Carter – IND – Addai suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday. This might be Carter’s chance to become the permanent starter, so hopefully he can capitalize. Donald Brown could be a deep sleeper add here too.
TE – Jared Cook – TEN – Continues to show flashes. Hasselbeck targeted him 9 times on Sunday. Cook’s line for the day was 4rec 59yds. If you’re a frustrated Antonio Gates owner, or just looking for another TE, Cook is a must add.
TE – Jake Ballard – NYG – Big target, most often only the 4th or 5th option in the passing game but still could be a nice bye-week fill-in this week against Buffalo.
TE – Joel Dreessen – HOU – Should continue to see a hand full of targets while Andre Johnson is out.