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Is the Tim Tebow hype legit?

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos warms up

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos warms up before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (Oct. 9, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

It was only a matter of time before the Broncos replaced Kyle Orton at quarterback and it became official today as Tim Tebow will start in Week 6 against the Dolphins with the Broncos on bye this week.

If Tebow is available, get him now! I don't care if you are loaded at quarterback. You could have Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton, get Tebow. Even if you have Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, get Tebow.

You won't start Tebow over the elite, but you have a trade chip. Why am I going nuts over Tebow?

Remember, we're talking fantasy football. We're not looking for pretty spiral passes or great footwork. It's about stats and Tebow will get them. I know he looked like he was doing the merengue on the final play of the game Sunday when he threw up a hail mary.

Go back to last season. In the final three weeks of the season, he was the highest scoring QB. He won a lot of teams championships. He averaged 66 yards rushing and scored a TD in each game. That is 12 points right there without throwing a single pass.

Tebow passed for 138, 308, and 205 yards and four TDs and three INTs in those three games. On Sunday, he played one half of football and scored 18 points in many formats. He went just 4 of 10 for 79 yards with a TD and rushed for a TD. The energy of the stadium and Broncos team completely changed with Tebow in the game.

Like Cam Newton, he will get a lot of carries near the goal line. Tebow will start over quarterbacks like Josh Freeman, Jay Cutler, and Joe Flacco.

Tebow has a lot of fantasy value. I can't state enough how much value running quarterbacks have. Don't understimate it. Even if you think you're fine at QB, get Tebow unless you have a glaring need at another position and there's a better player out there. The hype on Tebow is insane now and you can trade him for a good player. If you're rolling with Freeman or Flacco, Tebow can save you.

For fantasy purposes, the hype is legit.

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