New York Jets’ Tim Tebow rising in fantasy football?

The specialist: Tim Tebow fantasy enthusiasts will be salivating over news that New York Jets quarterback will be used in the red zone. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com cited “team insiders” in the report, adding the plan is to “replace Mark Sanchez in an effort to create mismatches in the running game.” The biggest impact of the revelation isn’t as much what it does for Tebow, but rather how it affects Shonn Greene‘s fantasy value. He is already considered no more than a borderline No. 2 or 3 RB, and it will be hard to see much upside if he’s losing red-zone touches to the Florida product. Tebow is still only worthy of late-round consideration in fantasy drafts, but he now becomes a player who could provide good value in the flex position.

Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow workout together during Jets minicamp. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

Leverage game: Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor believes Maurice Jones-Drew will “continue to hold out because there were some things that were miscommunicated by both sides.” Taylor, who has been working out with MJD during this offseason, added “I don’t think Maurice will be the first one to show his hand. Possibility it’ll go into training camp or even further.” The longer Jones-Drew holds out, the more fantasy owners should be concerned. Running backs who hold out have had a tendency to perform poorly once they hit the field, so if the situation drags on into the preseason it might be wise to temper expectations. Currently considered a No. 1 RB in fantasy drafts, expect the UCLA product’s value to drop if the stalemate continues.

Gold rush: “Love it, love it.” That was 49ers quarterback Alex Smith‘s response to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport when asked what he thinks about the new offensive additions to the team. The eight-year veteran had high praise for wide receiver Randy Moss, adding he’s a “great guy, great teammate, catches everything, makes you look good as a quarterback, so it’s been great.” Moss has received nothing but great reviews since joining the team, and if he turns out to be as advertised, Smith could become one of the better reserve QBs in fantasy land. There are still too many “if’s” in this equation, but should their chemistry show during the preseason, both will be players to keep an eye on in fantasy drafts.

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