Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Tim Tebow and the Top Dual-Threat QBs

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJuly 1, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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When it comes to fantasy football, there is nothing better than having a quarterback on your roster who can not only throw the ball but also run the ball. Having that luxury is such a huge bonus for a fantasy owner, as it's almost like having an extra running back—which can make up for the lack of running back production on your fantasy team, or it even could be a little extra production to just overwhelm your opponent. 

Over the years, dual-threat quarterbacks like Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb have helped lead fantasy owners to league championships.

In fact, in Vick's first season as starter for the Philadelphia Eagles when Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion, I was actually lucky enough to immediately add him to my roster, and then watch him dominate with his stellar 30 combined touchdowns, his 3,018 passing yards and a massive 676 rushing yards. 

Vick's dominance led me all the way to my fantasy league's title game—but unfortunately, I fell just short, as Vick disappeared against the Minnesota Vikings in his Week 16 battle.

In that spirit, let's take a look at the top dual-threat quarterbacks entering the 2012 fantasy football season. If you're interested in adding a little kick to your rushing attack, then you might consider drafting some of these quarterbacks. 


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

This selection is a bit of an iffy one since he's just a rookie, but seeing him produce with Baylor at the college level, Robert Griffin III can certainly throw the ball as well as tuck the ball and run with it.

RG3 is probably the most athletic quarterback in the NFL today, and as a rookie, he might resort to running the ball more often than he'd like, which could be beneficial for fantasy owners. 

I wouldn't invest in RG3 being your starting quarterback, but if you play in a two-quarterback league, then he'd definitely be a solid option. In your traditional league, he'd be a guy I'd consider having on my bench.


Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

As far as I'm concerned, Michael Vick is in a league of his own.

Vick is probably the most efficient rushing quarterback we have ever seen play at the NFL level, and he is definitely the greatest rushing quarterback in fantasy football history. 

Vick might have only played in 13 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, but he still threw for 3,303 yards and tossed 18 touchdowns while racking up 589 rushing yards.

If Vick can stay healthy, then he's definitely someone you should consider as your starting fantasy quarterback.


Tim Tebow, New York Jets

This selection is even more of an iffy pick than Robert Griffin III.

We have no idea how the New York Jets are going to use Tim Tebow, but I know one thing for sure—they will use him in the running game, I can guarantee it.

However, I also would like to share one of my very bold predictions I have been sticking to over the past few months: Tebow will steal the starting job away from Mark Sanchez

Even if Tebow isn't a starter, the Jets still will use him in the rushing game, whether it be a Wildcat formation or as a change-of-pace back. 


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

I am not saying Cam Newton is the next Vick, but I see Newton producing at a much higher level than Vick; he's just much more of a dominant athlete.

Newton can throw the ball all over the yard, and he's able to run like a running back.

Let's put it this way: Newton has one of the strongest arms, he's built like a linebacker, he's as fast as a running back and runs like a running back. He's the ultimate weapon.

During his rookie season in 2011, Newton was able to accumulate a combined 4,757 yards while scoring a combined 35 touchdowns. You simply can't beat that production, and I can only assume that the second-year quarterback is going to improve in 2012. 


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