2013 Fantasy Football: Stay Away From New England Patriots' Tim Tebow

By Adam McGill
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With the latest news that Tim Tebow has signed with the New England Patriots, one can’t help but remember the abysmal fantasy football performance he had in 2012.

The former Florida quarterback was drafted in thousands of leagues in hopes that he would usurp Mark Sanchez as the premier signal caller with the New York Jets. However, Tebow threw just eight passes all year long and failed to score a single touchdown. He was an utter waste of a late round pick.

The move to New England reunites Tebow with offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, who ironically was the same person that drafted Tebow in the first round in 2010. New England head coach, Bill Belichick, has also stated that Tebow will participate as a quarterback in Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp. However, if true, it doesn’t leave much room for Tebow to make a fantasy impact this season.

The team obviously has eight-time Pro Bowler, Tom Brady, under center, so I wouldn’t expect Tebow to see much time throwing the ball on Sundays. Ryan Mallett is also on the roster, which could leave Tebow as low as third on the depth chart when the season opens.

New England does have a glaring hole at tight end though. TE Rob Gronkowski has had back surgery and forearm surgery this off-season, so the absence of Gronk could force the team to move Tebow over to the edge.

TE Aaron Hernandez is a proven commodity, but he is at his best with a comparable option on the other side. Tebow definitely has the frame to play tight end and a transition to the position may be the best way for Tebow to have fantasy value in 2013.

Either way you look at it, though, Tebow will once again be a headache for any fantasy football owner that takes a shot on him in 2013. There are better project players out there to target at the end of drafts, so it would be wiser to put your faith in someone that wasn’t just receiving offers to play in the CFL.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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