Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Is Tim Tebow a Viable Option?

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 17, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes to the outside against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 13, 2011 during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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It’s easy to look at Tim Tebow and declare him a must-start option. Even on a day when he throws a measly eight passes, like he did in Week 10, he was able to post stats good enough to use (17.06 points in basic scoring systems, thanks to his rushing touchdown).

However, is he worth using tonight in a matchup against the New York Jets? It’s easy to look at the Jets’ defensive numbers against the run (116.0 rushing yards per game and nine touchdowns) and declare him a player that should be used in all formats, but things are never quite that simple.

For one, the Jets defense has actually been significantly better in recent weeks:

  • Week 6 vs. Miami: 118 yards and 0 TD
  • Week 7 vs. San Diego: 96 yards and 1 TD
  • Week 9 at Buffalo: 96 yards and 0 TD
  • Week 10 vs. New England: 60 yards and 0 TD

In their past four games, the Jets have allowed just one rushing touchdown. Those aren’t weak running backs that they kept out of the end zone either, with Fred Jackson, Reggie Bush and the Chargers duo included.

That’s not to say the Broncos aren’t going to be able to run the ball. The Jets are simply a much different animal than the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Broncos try throwing the ball just eight times once again, the Jets will not be afraid to put eight or nine players in the box in an effort to stuff them. Make no mistake, they will leave Darrelle Revis and company on their own on the outside. 

Even if the Broncos do throw the ball early on, would it surprise anyone if the Jets challenged Tebow to beat them with the pass? We all know Rex Ryan isn’t afraid to do so. The only way you should use Tebow is if you are in a two-quarterback format or if you are confident he can consistently make big plays in the passing game. Otherwise, there is way too much risk involved in using him.

What are your thoughts on Tebow tonight?  Is he someone you would use?  Why or why not?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles: