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Fantasy Football Week 12: Tim Tebow, Vulture

I was never a Tim Tebow hater—I think he's got a fascinating NFL career ahead of him, whether it's a long one or a short one. But if I owned Kyle Orton, Knowshon Moreno, or Brandon Lloyd in a fantasy football league I might be somewhat less charitable about the Denver Broncos' tendency to use Tebow as a kind of double-threat Jerome Bettis, getting the direct snap within five yards and—on all but one occasion so far—keeping the ball and charging toward the end zone.

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So far the Denver Broncos' first-round pick has 12 rushing attempts for 28 yards and three touchdowns—and one three-yard completion on his first and only pass attempt to date. It's an interesting way to utilize a guy who is both your top jersey-seller and also clearly not ready to start, and I'm all for any trick play or specialized player that makes a perfectly normal football play look like something from newsreel footage circa the sinking of the Lusitania. But I know fantasy football players, and considering Tebow's existing unpopularity with the "hardcore" football fanbase, the Broncos are not doing him any favors with that set.

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Meanwhile: Brady Quinn tries desperately to find some reason for the Broncos to direct-snap it to him. Alas, I'm afraid the A-11 Offense is still banned in the pros.

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