Fantasy Football: Sam Bradford Out, Tim Tebow In?

By Bill Pivetz
Sam Bradford
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The St. Louis Rams‘ season looked promising, but their hopes just came crashing down. Their starting quarterback will miss the rest of the season. Sam Bradford hurt his knee with five minutes left in the game against the Carolina Panthers. It was later reported that he tore his ACL after a late-night MRI.

Bradford was doing well from a fantasy football standpoint. After seven weeks, he has 114 fantasy points, good for seventh in ESPN leagues. Bradford was protecting the ball well in his fourth year. He’s thrown for 14 interceptions and just four interceptions in seven games.

However, Bradford wasn’t helping his teammates become fantasy stars. Austin Pettis is the highest-ranked wide receiver on the team, currently ranked 31st. Rookie sensation Tavon Austin is ranked 65th. The running game is not much better. Daryl Richardson, Steven Jackson‘s replacement, has been benched in favor for Zac Stacy.

The only other quarterback the Rams have is Kellen Clemens. Expect the front office to reach out and bring some players in for a tryout. Maybe someone like Vince Young (who was with the Green Bay Packers earlier this season), David Carr or dare I say, Tim Tebow.

Whether the Rams are still playing for this season is unknown. Though, if they want to stay competitive, there’s only one available quarterback that will make that happen. Tebow is a playmaker and, despite some inaccuracies, can throw the ball deep. Tebow hasn’t seen NFL action since being cut by the New England Patriots at the end of preseason.

There are already reports stating that the Rams are interested in bringing in the controversial quarterback. If they do sign Tebow, Pettis’ and Austin’s values will rise and some pressure will be taken off of whoever the starting running back is next week. Richardson had 40 touches in the first two games of the season, while Stacy has 41 in the last two games.

The Rams face the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts before their Week 11 bye. With Tebow, they could be 5-5 at the end of Week 10.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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