Tim Tebow being named the starting QB for the Denver Broncos shouldn’t affect your fantasy football team, but it will.
Remember The Butterfly Effect, the 2004 movie starring Ashton Kutcher? As the character Jason Treborn stated, “You can’t change who people are without destroying who they were.” I don’t want to destroy you or your fantasy team, but if the flapping of a butterfly wing can trigger a tsunami on the other side of the world, just think what the starting of Tim Tebow in Denver will do for your fantasy team.
How will it affect you? Even though the Broncos are on a bye, there will be the Tebow faithful who will pick him up. In order to do so, they will have to drop a player, so keep an eye on the waiver wire.
Or you may be sucked into the Tebow hype yourself and pick him up. If this is you, remember when the Broncos come back from the bye week they play the winless Miami Dolphins—it couldn’t be set up any better for him to succeed. If he is going to succeed, it will be in Week 7.
Tim Tebow, in the half that he played against the Chargers, was 4-10 with 79 yards with one passing touchdown and one running touchdown. Not exactly Cam Newton stats. Don’t be distracted by the Tebow hype; if you are looking to replace Philip Rivers, consider Andy Dalton, who has scored double fantasy points three out of the five weeks. In Week 6 the Bengals play the Colts who are not only suffering on the offensive side of the ball, but their defense makes the weak look strong.
Let’s think about this: bye weeks are here, but what is becoming more predominant are the injuries that are popping up everywhere. Teams are facing the prospect that the "suck for Luck" sweepstakes are for real. Joseph Addai, LeGarrette Blount, Phillip Rivers and Andre Johnson all need to be replaced in your lineup, so where are you going to turn?
Donald Brown will replace Joseph Addai, Earnest Graham for LeGarrette Blount and Ryan Torain for Tim Hightower. This is the era of the running back by committee, and nobody does it more consistently than Mike Shanahan, currently at the helm of the Washington Redskins. So there are three viable options there: Ryan Torain, Roy Helu and Tim Hightower. Are you really going to bet your fantasy scores on one? If you are in a deep league and need have a flex option, go with Ryan Torain.
The problem with wide receivers is the abundance on good teams. Is the NFL becoming a wide receiver by committee league also? With the exception of Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Greg Jennings, where are you going to focus in the waiver wire?
Green Bay’s James Jones outscored Jordy Nelson last week, but Aaron Rogers goes to the hot hand and Nelson just got paid—so many men, so many options in the Green Bay offense.
Drew Brees has the same problem in New Orleans—Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Marques Colston, I could go on—again, so many men, so little roster room. So look west and go for the silver and black; Darrius Heyward-Bey is starting to become a reliable option for the Raiders. He is a viable option for either a bye week or injured player, so get him now. While he only has one touchdown, Bey is averaging 16.4 yards per game. If you are in a PPR league, he could be worth the one-week option.
The other option out west is Michael Crabtree, I know you have been crushed by him before, but he is looking more dependable and besides Vernon Davis, where is Alex Smith going to go? Crabtree’s numbers are rather unimpressive, but he is now healthy and Alex Smith seems to be finding his groove.
During this turbulent time, don’t fall for the hype, and remember your matchups. It is important that you benefit from the Tim Tebow hype, not fall victim to it!