All or nothing: The New York Jets experiment with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez is not working out as expected thus far. In two preseason games, the Jets have scored just nine points. Though Sanchez has the better percentages, six of the nine points scored have come when Tebow is at the helm. His ability to run the ball has been the difference in leading the team to scoring opportunities, and had it not been for an errant throw, he would have been the first of the two to throw a touchdown in the preseason. It’s typical for the Florida product: Things aren’t always pretty, but he does at least help put points on the board. Though it’s only preseason, from a fantasy football perspective, Tebow would also be leading Sanchez with 11.5 fantasy points compared to Sanchez’ 6.4 total. The Jets need to choose one or the other in terms of who will be tossing the pigskin on Sundays. If this becomes a timeshare situation, owners might want to steer away from selecting anyone outside of Shonn Greene, who should be considered a No. 3 running back in drafts. If Tebow ultimately wins the starting job, he would be worthy of a look as a No. 2 quarterback with upside because of his running ability, but this offense doesn’t look to have much hope of racking up fantasy points in 2012. For Jets fans attending NFL Fantasy Draft Week in NYC this week, there might not be many hometown players flying off the boards early.
Miles to go: Dallas Cowboys wideout Miles Austin seems to have picked up where he left off last season, once again bitten by the injury bug. After suffering a hamstring injury last week, owner Jerry Jones is not optimistic the veteran will return to practice for Week 3 of the preseason, stating “I wouldn’t discount it, but he’s not one of the ones that I have coming back.” With Jason Witten suffering a spleen injury and Dez Bryant’s legal issue still looming, the Cowboys’ offense is in a state of flux. Though the team is hopeful everyone will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, fantasy football owners should play it conservative when selecting Austin in drafts. He missed six games last year due to hamstring injuries, and it looks to be a problem once again. With an ADP of 56.84, Austin is considered a borderline No. 2 or 3 wideout, which carries considerable risk given his current issues and the fact he faces the eighth toughest strength of schedule among all receivers.
Next man up: San Diego Chargers wideout Vincent Brown broke his ankle in preseason action Saturday, and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. Brown was quickly ascending as a premier player in the Chargers’ offense, but the injury now leaves quarterback Philip Rivers searching for answers. Antonio Gates will now be relied on even more to move the chains, but it could be Malcom Floyd who takes the next step as a secondary option in the passing game. Robert Meachem has failed to live up to expectations thus far, and Floyd is coming off a year which saw him rack up a career-high 856 yards to go along with five scores. In the last three games of the 2011 season, Floyd scored a touchdown in every contest and finished with no less than 95 receiving yards. The Wyoming product could be one of the better values in fantasy football drafts, considered no more than a reserve selection in the later rounds.
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