Pass on Tebow and Palmer, plus Week 7's top replacement players
The last time the AFC West had the most talked about quarterbacks in the NFL, even for just one week, John Elway was leading the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. Since then, we've seen some great play from Rich Gannon, Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers, but the ascension of a well-known backup and a shocking trade has a division not recently known for stellar quarterbacking, outside of San Diego, featuring two of the more interesting starters in Week 7.
It's fitting that Tim Tebow would land with a team that has been looking for a second coming at quarterback since the retirement of someone the city deified both during and after his career. Tebow gets his first start this season Sunday against the Dolphins, and there are plenty of fantasy experts bullish on his prospects, including
While I appreciate the argument for Tebow, I'm not buying it this week or for the rest of the season. I see him as no more than a backup or bye-week starter. The argument, as I understand it, is Tebow's legs make him fantasy-worthy, regardless of what he might do through the air. Unfortunately for Tebow and his supporters, the NFL isn't the SEC. You can't get it done in the pros simply by running. Even the most prolific runners from the quarterback position among active players like Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, and Cam Newton do a ton of damage throwing the ball. In the past, guys like Steve Young and Randall Cunningham had success on the ground and in the air. It's OK if you're a quarterback who can run. I fear, for Tebow's sake, he's a running quarterback, and that's a completely different story. Adding to his difficulties, the Broncos dealt his best downfield weapon in Brandon Lloyd. With a lackluster running game supporting him, I don't see Tebow making a serious fantasy impact this year.
About 1,000 miles to the west, the Raiders pulled the trigger on one of the more surprising NFL trades in recent memory, sending one and possibly two first-round picks to the Bengals for Carson Palmer. Let's leave aside the fact that the Raiders gave up way too much to get Palmer, a guy who is certainly a better option than Kyle Boller, but not someone who will put them over the hump, at least in terms of making any serious noise in the playoffs. Instead, let's look at how the acquisition affects his fantasy value and that of his new teammates.
In this week's other big trade, Brandon Lloyd landed in St. Louis, a move that increases his fantasy value
You know the drill. Thanks to byes, starting fantasy lineups have been ravaged. Here are the usual backups who will put up starter's numbers this week.