Fantasy Football’s Secret Weapon: Tim Tebow
By Guest Writer EJ McKinley:
He is the ultimate secret weapon. He could score more Fantasy points than any player in the NFL. He is ridiculed further than any player in the history of the league. His name is Tim Tebow. Now come the boos and sighs as yet another Tim Tebow article is being written. But I’m here to give you totally unbiased explanation and to crack the case of the mysterious Tebow.
To start with why Tebow could be so good in the NFL and be a great Fantasy quarterback you must look at his entire body of work. See with Tebow it’s not all about completion percentage and rushing attempts, it’s about one word, winning.
Award & Accomplishments:
High School Junior Season:Florida Player of the Year.
High School Senior: State Title, All-State Honors, Florida’s Mr. Football, Parade Magazine All-American, Florida Player of the Year, U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant, subject of ESPN documentary, featured in Sports Illustrated, FHSSA All Century Team (2007), and recipient of full ride scholarship to play quarterback at Florida University.
College Freshmen: Sec All-Freshmen team, National Champion.
College Sophomore: Second highest passing efficiency in the nation, 2 SEC records, 1 Florida record broken, First team All SEC selection, First team All American, Heisman winner, Davey O’Brien winner, Maxwell Award winner, Walter Camp finalist, Sporting News Player of the Year, Harley Award Winner, Quarterback of the Year, First Team Academic All-American, Manning Award Finalist, Rivals.com National Offensive Player of the Year, Rivals.com SEC Player of the Year, First Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches, Rivals.com) AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, James E. Sullivan Award, SEC Male Athlete of the Year, ESPY for Best Male College Athlete.
College Junior: School Record for rushing touchdowns, National Championship,
Maxwell Award Winner, 3rd in Heisman voting, First Team All-American, ESPY for Best Male College Athlete, Manning Award Winner, SEC Championship game MVP, First Team All-SEC, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, Wufferel Trophy winner, First team Academic All-American.
College Senior: SEC record for rushing touchdowns, Sugar Bowl champion, record for total yards in a Bowl game, William V. Campbell Award Winner, First team Academic All-American, Senior CLASS Award, Heisman Trophy Finalist, First team All-SEC, Second team All-American, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated College Player of the Decade, at career end owned 5 NCAA record, 14 SEC records, and 28 University of Florida records, he was the SEC’s all time leader in completion percentage and passing efficiency.
Now we all know Tebow was successful in High School and College, but who cares? Ryan Leaf was great before the NFL too. Tebow may have been drafted 25th overall and won a playoff game with the Broncos but he only did that because of a great defense. Oh wait I’m forgetting something. In Tebow’s Rookie season he started the final three games. Now I knew something special was coming. So I did the riskiest thing I have ever done in my Fantasy career. I started him each week (won all three times too). In the first week he faced Oakland and did a better than average job for a first time starter. He threw for 108 yards, rushed for 78, and scored two touchdowns with no interceptions. In the next game the quarterback who can’t throw passed for 308 yards, rushed for 27 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns. The next game he faced one of the best defenses in the league in San Diego. While Tebow did throw 2 interceptions he was able to match that with three scores. He also passed for 205 yards and had 97 yards rushing. Tebow was in his first three starts PASSING the ball well. He was really doing it! But why couldn’t he pass so well in 2010? He had a coach who believes in him as a regular quarterback.
I said it once and I’ll say it again; Tebow could be the best quarterback in Fantasy football history. He is a unique quarterback. He has a style that is different from today’s quarterbacks. He isn’t an every down passer. He can run. But isn’t that what today’s Read-Option QB’s are all about? Put Tebow in a read-option system and he will flourish. He can utilize his great running abilities and can pass the ball. We have seen him pass the ball well in his career and the reports are now that his throwing motion is the best it has ever been. Tebow would score more points than Cam Newton. He did in college and there’s no reason he can’t now. He’s not the sharpest practice guy but is a game changer. He is a game situation QB. He is never given a fair shake. But he posses the skills to be a major point scorer in FF. He fits today’s quarterback style. He is the ultimate secret weapon.