Well, it turns out everyone was right. Tim Tebow is not a good NFL quarterback, can’t throw a spiral and can’t hit open receivers. But he can run and he can win.
Despite an absolutely abysmal performance for three-plus quarters, Tebow finally got going late. When it was said and done, he scored 22.94 fantasy points in standard leagues. And that was even though it appeared the Broncos set him up to fail. They didn’t run screens or other quick-hitting patterns that would be easy completions for a developing quarterback. That has to change.
But the bottom line is that no matter what, Tebow is a winner in fantasy. Ride him because he runs.
Here are the rest of the observations from a carnage-filled Week 7:
* Tim Hightower tore up his knee and is almost certainly done for the year. Ryan Torain will get a lot of the headlines this week, but the man to watch is Roy Helu. Torain appeared to get banged up late in the game.
* Santana Moss broke his hand and is out indefinitely. Fred Davis is going to beast as the No. 1 option in the passing game.
* Don’t sell on the Cam Newton/Steve Smith combo. They are for real.
* Matthew Stafford is headed for an MRI on his knee and ankle after taking an awkward hit on one of the game’s final plays. We can pray for health, and we can add Shaun Hillin the meantime.
* Chris Johnson is in big trouble. He looks slow, something I couldn’t have imagined we’d ever say about him. There are just no signs right now that he can turn it around.
* Both Mohamed Massaquoi and Ben Watson suffered concussions today. Evan Moore could end up as a sneaky tight end option in deep leagues.
* I’m not buying Plaxico Burress. He’s a red-zone option, nothing more. Owners chasing today are going to be disappointed with inconsistency.
* Vincent Jackson got shut down by Darrelle Revis. Still buying low on him.
* Beanie Wells is hurt again and this time it’s a major concern. The injury is to his right knee, the same one he previously had surgically repaired. On top of that, he usually plays poorly at less than 100 percent. Bad situation.
* Rashard Mendenhall fell victim to the Steelers’ dominant passing game today. With Hines Ward (ankle) going down, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders did whatever they wanted. Mendy’s value is in his potential to score touchdowns.
* Carson Palmer is what I thought he was — not that good anymore. He’ll get better after the bye, but he can’t move in the pocket and his arm strength is questionable. Outside of Darrius Heyward-Bey, I’d avoid the entire Oakland passing game.
* Darren McFadden barely played after spraining his foot. He watched the whole game in pads, so it’s not overly serious. The Raiders have a bye next week, but Michael Bush needs to be owned.
* DeMarco Murray was impressive — just remember he was playing the Rams. No one should consider him an RB1 now. Still, the chances of Felix Jones ever regaining his feature back job are not looking good.