Not a troll post. Honest, and for realz.
A little later this afternoon I’ll consume more caffeine and hit many keys to write my weekly waiver wire manifesto in which I seek out the top three waiver adds at each offensive position prior to the regular Tuesday night claiming deadline.
A fellow named Tim Tebow will likely, maybe, probably be featured there too, but let’s explore him more thoroughly here first. As a fantasy option in his current situation, Tebow is equal parts intriguing, and useless.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard this yet, but Mark Sanchez isn’t very good. Some may even call him bad, or worse adjectives that require at least one more letter. The Mark Sanchez we saw during the Jets’ Week 1 win over Buffalo in which he threw three touchdowns and averaged 9.9 yards per pass attempt with a passer rating of 123.4 was a big fat phoney, which leads us to believe that a cyborg of some kind is the actual love interest of Eva Longoria. Perhaps that says much more abut Longoria than Sanchez, but we digress.
That game is now a mirage more deceiving than those Nestea plunges in the desert that look like the best thing anyone could ever do after sipping a refreshing beverage. Since then Sanchez has averaged 5.2 yards per attempt, a number that fell to a low which can’t even be call Tebowian this past Sunday when he only averaged 3.6 while completing just 44.8 percent of his passes (he’s at a woeful 49.2 overall) for 103 yards. That yardage was the third-lowest single-game total of Sanchez’s career, and it comes after a 2011 season when he already had a mediocre completion percentage (56.7) and per game yardage (217.1).
To be fair, Sanchez’s low point came against the 49ers defense, one of the best in the league. And he’s had to pass against the Steelers and Dolphins, two teams that also boast quality pass rushes and secondaries. Oh, and his receivers are multiple shades of black and blue, with Santonio Holmes now out for an undetermined period (he’ll likely miss a minimum of two games), while Dustin Keller has missed three games with a hamstring injury, and Stephen Hill also sat out last week.
But those excuses could matter so very little to Rex Ryan soon. Any creature that’s fighting for its existence will exhaust all possible avenues, and although the Jets are still an even 2-2, they’ve been outscored 61-10 in their two losses. Continued embarrassment on that level leads to swift unemployment for NFL head coaches.
It’s not getting any easier either, with the undefeated Texans and their top-ranked defense up next. Ryan can publicly support Sanchez, but a continued inability to stretch the field deep will prompt a change, with the chants for #Tebowtime growing louder.
So make the speculative Tebow add if you’re struggling early, because it’ll cost you so very little, and there’s potential for a significant return. Tebow is the epitome of the waiver flier, with equal potential for booming and busting, but the allure of his production and fantasy ceiling is far to difficult to brush aside.
While Sanchez brings little dynamic ability, Tebow has legs. I suppose Sanchez has legs too, but he doesn’t move them nearly as much, or with the same quickness. Sanchez has 318 career rushing yards over 51 games, while Tebow had 660 in just one season last year. That led to his ascent as one of the premier fantasy quarterbacks, recording 222 fantasy points over just 11 starts in 2011.
He’s owned in just 13.4 percent of ESPN leagues, and nine percent of Yahoo leagues. But if you have room on your roster to cash in on the possibility of watching Tebow run joyfully on Sundays — even when he’s wearing his shirt and it’s not raining — keep these two oft repeated words in mind: potential, and possibility.
While the mindless Skip Bayless drones of the Interwebs and of Earth credited Tebow for winning all of the games last year, the reality is that he was able to make those heroic late-game plays and produce throughout the game because he was regularly placed in an ideal position to succeed by a stout defense — and especially a Broncos pass rush featuring Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil — and the support of a strong running game powered by Willis McGahee.
The Jets don’t have either of those things. Darrelle Revis is gone, they have only five sacks at the season’s quarter mark, and Shonn Greene is inexplicably still receiving the bulk of the workload in their backfield despite averaging 2.8 yards per carry.
Any quarterback is set up for crushing failure right now in the Jets’ offense. The difference is that for both you and the Jets, Tebow brings the gift of creativity, and therefore also the gift of hope (possibly, and potentially).