Tim Tebow: Jets' Use of Backup QB Proves He Isn't Worth Fantasy Risk

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during their season opener against the Buffalo Bills  at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow was easily the biggest addition to the New York Jets this offseason, at least in terms of fanfare. Yet as we saw in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, the way the team is going to use him will make him a non-factor in fantasy football. 

For starters, the idea of Tebow as a viable fantasy player was always laughable anyway. Last year with Denver, when he was under center for all those games the Broncos won in the fourth quarter, he had one game with a completion percentage over 55, and never had more than two touchdowns in a game.

The only "value" Tebow really had in fantasy football was his ability to make plays happen with his feet. But being able to run around doesn't make you the next Michael Vick or Cam Newton. They are quarterbacks who have some attributes that a running back does. 

Tebow has some of the attributes of a running back who happens to be playing quarterback. Since there is no way he moves off the quarterback position, his value, what little he has left, goes from minimal to non-existent. 

All of that was confirmed on Sunday, as the Jets blew out the Bills 48-28. In that game, they only used Tebow for nine plays and the entire team gained 19 yards when he was on the field. 

The wildcat package that the Jets kept talking so much about this offseason was used a handful of times with minimal success. 

It is easy to pile on Mark Sanchez for being overrated just because he plays in New York, but the Jets have a vested interest in him becoming the quarterback they hope he can be. They gave him a three-year contract extension in the offseason, which came after the team failed to land Peyton Manning

The Jets are not going to start giving Tebow 20-25 touches per game as long as Sanchez is throwing the ball well, which he did on Sunday, and they are winning games. 

If you want to pick Tebow up for fantasy purposes, the best thing you can do is hope the bottom falls out with the Jets sooner rather than later. Sanchez is their starter. His performance in Week 1 bought him a longer leash than he has had at any point in preseason. 

The wildcat offense was a novelty act that has worn thin as NFL defenses have gotten used to it. Tebow is a gifted athlete who can do a lot of things, but that doesn't make him a valuable fantasy asset.