Analyzing a player on the football field and for fantasy purposes can be a big difference sometimes. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is one of the primary examples.
Tebow will start next week against the Dolphins following the Broncos' bye. He has poor mechanics and is inaccurate and it remains to be seen if he can succeed at the NFL level. One thing we do know: He can be an every week starter for fantasy teams.
We saw it in the final three games of last season when Tebow was a starter. He was the highest scoring QB in that time. He averaged 66 yards rushing and scored a rushing touchdown in each game. That is 12 points before he even threw a single pass. Tebow passed for 138, 308, and 205 yards with four TDs and three interceptions.
In one half of play against the Chargers last week, Tebow passed for 79 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 38 yards with a touchdown. If Tebow is still available, even if you have two good QBs, pick him up. At worst you have another trading chip.
With six more teams on bye, here are some good plays in Week 6:
Ryan Torain (Redskins, RB): There's some risk here because Mike Shanahan won't tip his hand, but Tim Hightower is listed as questionable. When Torain is healthy, he produces. The Eagles rank 30th against the run and Torain looked as good as ever with 135 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in Week 4 after not getting a carry the first three games.
Cedric Benson (Bengals, RB): The Colts defense has been awful against the run the last two weeks. They allowed Chiefs RB Thomas Jones to average 5.5 yards per carry and Jackie Battle to gash them. Benson should get at least 20 carries.
A.J. Green (Bengals, WR): Green is an every week start. He's that good and the Colts' secondary was shredded by the Chiefs last week.
Marques Colston (Saints, WR): He had the most snaps of the Saints receivers last week, so it's safe to get him back in the lineup.
Victor Cruz (Giants, WR): Even though he isn't starting, he's playing too well to sit. He has 20 targets the last two games and he's making plays with at least 98 yards receiving and three touchdowns the last three weeks.
Greg Little (Browns, WR): He will start and play the slot in three wide receiver sets. Oakland has allowed 10 passing touchdowns and the Browns had the bye to work on getting Little more involved.
Fred Davis (Redskins, TE): He was terrific the first two weeks and quiet the next two before the bye. The Eagles struggle against tight ends, making Davis a Top 12 play with the bye weeks.