Three and out: Tebow looks like a sleeper

Time for our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …

Let the Tebow madness begin: The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos have put Kyle Orton on the trade block, in part to open the door for Tim Tebow to be their starting quarterback in 2011. If that’s the case, then the Florida product’s fantasy appeal is going to rise … and fast. In his three starts at the end of last season, Tebow scored more fantasy points than any player in the entire league. What makes him so valuable is his skills as a runner. In those three late-season starts, Tebow rushed for a combined 199 yards and three touchdowns. If you project his yardage totals over a full season, he would have recorded 1,061 yards on the ground. That’s not to say that you should draft Tebow as your No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but grabbing him in the middle to late rounds as a No. 2 and potential sleeper candidate could turn into a very beneficial move.

Will Marques Colston hold out?: In a recent column in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, beat writer Jeff Duncan suggests wide receiver Marques Colston could hold out of training camp. The veteran wideout is in the final year of his contract, but he’s also coming off multiple knee surgeries — including a microfracture procedure. So while being in a contract year would make Colston more attractive (barring a holdout), the fact that he’s gone under the knife so often is a cause for concern. In fact, a worst-case scenario could turn Colston into a bust and make Robert Meachem a potential sleeper. Overall, I’d avoid picking Colston as more than a No. 2 fantasy option in drafts.

Watch out for Mario Manningham: Last season, Manningham quietly finished in the top 20 in fantasy points among wide receivers on NFL.com. A big part of that success came in the absence of Steve Smith, who missed a total of seven games with an injured knee that ultimately required a microfracture procedure. Smith, a free agent, continues to recover from the operation and could start the 2011 campaign on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. According to the New York Daily News, Smith could be forced to sign a one-year deal with the G-Men (or elsewhere) due to his questionable status. Regardless, Manningham is in a position to see plenty of targets in the Giants offense and warrants middle-round attention. He could be a nice draft value.

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