Birthday boy: As the “NFL AM” crew pointed out, birthday boy and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow received the early birthday gift of running the Wildcat offense during practice Monday. Though the 25-year-old Florida product wanted to keep details of what took place “in-house,” it should come as no surprise the team will implement the scheme given offensive coordinator Tony Sporano’s history. With neither Tebow or Mark Sanchez looking particularly good during their first preseason action, the offense could do well by adding extra wrinkles to the game plan. The quarterback will likely be a hot topic at the NFL Fantasy Draft Week event in New York City next week, but Tebow’s fantasy football value will be minimal unless he takes over the starting role or is selected in leagues which allow a quarterback at the flex position.
Back in action: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was activated from the camp PUP list, and was reportedly taking first-team reps during the Vikings’ walkthrough practice on Sunday. The once elite fantasy football back does carry some risk for those considering drafting him, a topic the “NFL Fantasy LIVE” crew evaluated during their injury report coverage. His current ADP of 27.55, places him as a third-round value. As fantasy guru Michael Fabiano points out, just because he has been activated off the camp list does not mean the team will not decide to tag him with the regular season PUP designation if they feel he’s not ready. Caution should be key when drafting Peterson, but his current value could make him one of the better selections should he return to form and enter the season healthy.
Giant return: Another player activated from the camp PUP list this week was New York Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks. After passing his physical, Nicks is expected to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. The receiver admitted he is “on schedule,” but will have to work with Eli Manning to “eventually get our timing back.” It’s fair to expect a possible slow start for the North Carolina product, who will also be facing off against one of the tougher strength of schedules among all fantasy football wide receivers. He is still projected as a borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy wideout, but owners should temper expectations since it will be tough to gauge his health until the season starts.
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