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Coming into Sunday’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills, questions remained for New York Jets fans on what an offense which was anemic during the preseason could do when it mattered. Those questions were answered after the Jets dismantled the Bills in a 48-28 win. More importantly, any thoughts of a quarterback controversy were squashed…for now. It is New York after all.
For fantasy owners, the question if you should start Tim Tebow was answered as well. The hybrid quarterback would have helped you if you were in a tie game, and that’s about it. He went out with a whimper, racking up a whole 1.10 fantasy points on the day. Coach Rex Ryan toyed with the Tebow faithful by putting him in the game on the first play of their first offensive possession, lining him up at the tight end position. As you can tell, that wound up producing nothing. Throughout the rest of the game, he took six snaps as the Wildcat quarterback, attempting zero passes but rushing five times for 11 yards. Things got so bad that in the second quarter, the boo birds came out.
Welcome to New York, Mr. Tebow. I wonder if you’re wishing you would’ve signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then again, Blaine Gabbert looked as if he was a new man on Sunday.
Bottom line: Maybe we all read too much into it. Ryan said from the start he planned on getting Tebow 10-15 snaps a game and using him in a variety of formations which defenses would have to account for. That’s exactly what happened — Tebow’s highlight of the day coming in the fourth quarter when he lined up for a kick return with the all-hands team and recovered an onside kick.
The regurgitated line that Tebow is “a football player” turned out to be true this week, and it doesn’t bode well for fantasy owners. The competition did what it was supposed to, pushing Mark Sanchez to one of his best performances we’ve seen in a while. There’s no doubt who is the quarterback owners should have on their rosters. It’s Sanchez, hands down.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s only one game, and there is still plenty of time for the quarterback controversy to get a second wind. Maybe it’s what Tebow did for fantasy owners last year, maybe it’s his potential, or maybe it’s just the fact we’ve seen Sanchez perform like this before, only to lay an egg the next week. There’s something about Tebow which won’t let us disregard him no matter what his performance brings.
Should he be on your roster? No! Why not use that roster spot on a player that could actually help you win games?
Will those who have him on their roster keep him there? Yes. Why drop a player that could potentially help you win games, and maybe even start at quarterback if injury strikes or Sanchez hits a rough patch?
And there you have the Tebow dilemma. I have him on my keeper league roster, and I’m sticking with him. It might not be wise, but he’s a good “football player” and things can change in a New York minute.
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