Is Tim Tebow worth picking up? 

December, 20, 2010
While one running quarterback was putting on quite the stunning fourth-quarter comeback Sunday, leading his upstart team to a shocking road win against the New York Giants and solidifying his name in the MVP discussion, there was another running quarterback scoring 22 fantasy points in his first NFL start. No, I am not going to logically compare rookie Tim Tebow to proven fantasy stud Michael Vick, except to say fantasy owners must pay particular attention to quarterbacks who can run, because the good ones are special. And Tebow looked special.

It's just one game, of course, and Tebow's passing numbers in Sunday's 39-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders look pedestrian, with only eight completions in 16 attempts, a Jimmy Clausen-like 138 passing yards and one touchdown pass that frankly should not have been (a Raiders defender whiffed and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had the gift fall in his arms in the end zone). Still, that's 22 fantasy points, because Tebow buoyed his passing figures with 78 rushing yards and a touchdown. He managed to provide this in a hostile environment, with nasty weather and with his starting running back on the sidelines. It's way too early to type this with confidence, so don't misread the intent, but aren't those numbers typical of what Vick did in his early Atlanta Falcons years, before he learned how to properly read defenses, use his arm for good and make wise, on-field decisions? And that Vick was certainly fantasy viable.

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Ric Tapia/Icon SMITim Tebow's running ability certainly makes him intriguing in fantasy.
While I don't take these types of chances in the fantasy playoffs, Tebow might be fantasy viable immediately, and you bet I don't want to see my Week 16 or 17 fantasy opponent using him at quarterback. This week the Denver Broncos, and presumably their rookie quarterback and not 28-year-old Kyle Orton, face the Houston Texans. You know the Texans, the league's patsy against the pass, easily the worst in preventing opposing fantasy quarterbacks from piling up numbers. Kerry Collins looked like Dan Marino on Sunday against them. Tebow won't be a top-10 quarterback in my Wednesday rankings because there are easily 10 safer, more reliable options, but does any fantasy owner want to see his fantasy opponent in Week 16 -- the Super Bowl in many leagues -- add and activate Tebow? I sure wouldn't.