October 11, 2011
That's right, I know what time it is. You know what time it is. John Fox finally figured out what time it is. And the Broncos fans pictured above have always known the time.
Coach Fox made it official on Tuesday morning: Tim Tebow(notes) has been named Denver's starting quarterback for the Week 7 game at Miami, after the bye. The team couldn't possibly give the nod to Kyle Orton(notes), not after Tebow reanimated the Broncos offense on Sunday.
At this point, every member of the Yahoo! fantasy staff has already offered a take on Tebow's fantasy potential. Here's the short version: You have to consider him at least a low-end starter, a top-12 fantasy option, because he'll pile up rushing stats like few other quarterbacks. Tebow rushed for a touchdown in each of his three starts last season, and he found the end zone in Week 5 against the Chargers, too.
He may not do any favors for Eric Decker(notes) or Brandon Lloyd(notes) — although we should note that Lloyd survived the Orton-to-Tebow transition last year — and he'll undoubtedly steal red zone carries from Willis McGahee(notes) and Knowshon Moreno(notes). The Broncos currently rank No. 25 in the NFL in pass attempts (33.0 per game), and future game-plans should be even more run and screen-heavy. Whatever else you think of Tebow, you can't argue that he's ready to make a few dozen timing/touch throws each week. Still, there's no question he can be a solid fantasy option, or a great trade chip during the byes.
• There isn't any good news to report on Julio Jones(notes), at least not yet. He suffered a hamstring injury in Week 5, checking out early in the loss to the Packers. Mike Smith says Jones will definitely rest on Wednesday, and the team will reevaluate later in the week. The Falcons face the Panthers in Week 6 and if Jones can't play, Roddy White(notes) will probably see 24 targets (and drop eight of them). Harry Douglas(notes) should see an uptick in usage, too.
Newton has received the vast majority of carries inside the 10 and leads the team with five rushing touchdowns. That's one shy of the team's single-season record held by Chris Weinke and we're just five games into the season.
"That's one place where it's so compact that it's hard to get good numbers and so with the quarterback as a runner your numbers even out so that you can get hats on hats a little easier," offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said.
You hate to think that Weinke might get bounced from the team's record book. Shame. Still, this is fine news for those of us with shares of Cam.
• Andre Johnson(notes) (hamstring) remains unlikely to play in the Week 6 match-up at Baltimore, but the news isn't all bad. According to Houston head coach Gary Kubiak, "the soreness has gone away, and [Johnson's] rehab has picked up." So that's encouraging. While AJ is out, the only reliable members of the Texans' receiving corps are Arian Foster(notes) and the tight ends. Please see this week's Target Practice for additional details.
• I'd like to dedicate this blurb to anyone who thought Tim Hightower(notes) might lead them to a fantasy title. I'd also like to dedicate it to those who can't wait for the Ryan Torain(notes) surge to begin. Here's Mike Shanahan discussing his backfield plans for Week 6:
"I'm going to play the best players and we'll see how these guys do," the coach said. "They have some great competition. As I said before, we have three backs that I really believe in. … I think we're in a good situation and we'll see how practice goes this week and we'll make a decision."
• LeGarrette Blount(notes) suffered a left knee injury of unknown severity in Tampa's embarrassing loss to the Niners, and it now sounds like he could be sidelined for at least a week. Here's head coach Raheem Morris:
"I don't want to rule [Blount] out, but I'm not looking at him. It is what it is. Next man up. I'd like to get more detailed information on him. I'll call him day-to-day for now."
Earnest Graham(notes) gets a temporary upgrade. Graham has been a significant receiving weapon for the Bucs so far this season (23 catches, 143), and he's now a good bet for double-digit carries. Add as needed.
• Cedric Benson(notes) continues to stiff-arm the league regarding his suspension. He's not the flashiest runner, but never question his legal team. No decision is expected on Benson's appeal this week, and the match-up with Indy is obviously friendly.
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