Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/21/12

I completed the first of several fantasy football drafts last night and some of my competition is probably snickering into their fists right about now.

Some of you reading this article may be chuckling shortly as well when you learn that I did indeed draft New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

Before you discount Tebow as a pick entirely, and probably my opinion as well, allow me to discuss the reasoning behind my selection.

To begin with, I'll make it clear that I acquired Tebow with my final pick in a 10 team league, so I wasn't salivating over the opportunity to grab him days before my actual draft.

I found myself in the unenviable 7th pick position and as many of you know, by the time that pick rolls around, most of the tier one quarterbacks are already gone.

Nevertheless, I was fairly comfortable with my QB situation even in the late rounds. In any case, as the last round started, I felt secure enough with my other positions and was looking at both Tebow and Jets' starter Mark Sanchez on the board.

Thinking from a strategic perspective, anyone who picked up Sanchez, who has made playoff runs and posted decent numbers in the past, would be vulnerable to Tebow taking over play calling duties at any time. Knowing enough about Jets' head coach Rex Ryan should tell a fantasy footballer that the Jets trade for Tebow was more than just a marketing ploy.

There's been talk of Tebow being used in the wildcat formation, or even as a tight end. If Tebow is successful and Sanchez struggles, it would be easy to envision Ryan caving to the fan pressure which is sure to come and starting Tebow.

As a final pick, I, or anyone else would have little to lose, but that may not be the case in your own league where some of the participants may still be star-struck by the University of Florida Heisman winner. If someone drafts him early that's to your advantage, but drafting Tebow in anything but the late, late rounds could be a recipe for disaster.

As a late round flier, Tebow's significance skyrockets. However, the main point to remember is that his true value is as a rusher, with the potential attendant rushing yards and touchdowns.

If Sanchez gets benched, Tebow's upside could be incredible as the Jets' main running back, Shonn Greene, has had difficulty finding the end zone with only six TDs last year. With the probability that Tebow may rack up both rushing and passing TDs, eclipsing his 12 total from last season and becoming a sleeper hit, he's worth the late selection.

If you are able to draft Tebow as a bench player, adopt a "wait and see" attitude. If it's clear he's only being used sparingly or not performing when the Jets do play him, you can always drop him later. In any case, Tebow's definitely worth a shot.



GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Julius Thomas traded to Dolphins

Joe Mixon likely to go undrafted in April?

Belichick officially updates boat’s name to ‘VII Rings’

Canseco warns humanity about robot takeover in Twitter rant

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kings throw shade at Cousins in press release announcing trade

Report: Jets tampered with Revis through private phones, secret meetings

Calipari shoots down talk of him leaving Kentucky for Pelicans

Report: Carmelo prefers trade to Clippers or Lakers

Report: Kings blowing up roster, putting Darren Collison, Ben McLemore on block

Russell Westbrook's beef with Kevin Durant might not be over after all

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher with 200 or more wins since 1961

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker