ESPN Ranks Tebow Ahead Of Sanchez
Tebow may be a touchdown vulture for the Jets, running the read option down by the goal line, but as long as Sanchez is the starter, Tebow will be little more than that. However, a touchdown vulture could never have more value than a starting quarterback. By ranking Tebow ahead of Sanchez, ESPN's fantasy gurus are essentially saying that Tebow will be the starter sometime around the middle of the season.
Despite his oft-ugly numbers, Tebow is actually a pretty decent fantasy quarterback. Though his play can be inconsistent from week to week, he averaged 20.48 fantasy points per game in his 11 starts last season. Mark Sanchez, on the other hand, averaged 21.54 points.
Sanchez was also working with a lot more talent, as the Jets boast a superior offensive line and receiving core. Also keep in mind that the Broncos' run offense was far below average before Tebow took over at quarterback. They averaged 86.75 rushing yards per game while Kyle Orton was starting (excluding the game when he was pulled at halftime), while the league average was 117.1 yards per game.
Another thing to note is that in Tebow's three starts in 2010 he averaged a very nice 28.81 fantasy points per game.
Tim Tebow may end up posting solid RB3 value while Sanchez is the starter, but he won't be posting anywhere near good quarterback value. The reason that ESPN ranks Tebow above Sanchez is because they believe he'll be the starter sooner than later.
Once Tebow is named the starter, he should be picked up as a backup and monitored as a potential matchup-play starter, as he has the ability to put up gaudy fantasy numbers.
(All fantasy points calculated using the scoring settings from my league, which can be found here)