Fantasy Football Q&A

The sports desk is happy to bring you our weekly fantasy football advice column.

Readers will again see advice from sports editor Tyler Alley and editor-in-chief Chris Derrett, who are all faring well in the Lariat Super League.
Look tomorrow for more “advice” from photo editor Matt Hellman and A&E editor Joshua Madden.

Q: Tim Tebow has been named the Broncos starter for Week 7. Should anyone in his or her right mind take him?

A: I realize that initially this sounds like a no-brainer. It’s Tim Tebow. He’s a winner, just not for fantasy teams. Hold on, though, because in his game against the Chargers, he earned 22 fantasy points, more than Tom Brady did this past week. He’s worth a shot if you need him — Tyler Alley

Tebow’s worth a start that week, but then again, anybody is worth a start against Miami. Even against stiffer competition Tebow’s an exciting player who can produce yardage with his arm and legs as well. There’s just as good a chance of him rushing it in from the 2 as there is a Bronco running back getting the score. — Chris Derrett

Q: Should I give up on Josh Freeman? – Daniel Wallace, sports writer

A: Yes. Even in the Bucs’ three wins Freeman hasn’t put up sensational numbers. If you have strength elsewhere, Freeman might be acceptable for decent point totals, but if your team is relying on a high-production quarterback, Freeman is not the guy. — Chris Derrett

He got a total of five points this past week when the Buccaneers got demolished by the 49ers. He’s put up some decent numbers, but currently has six interceptions to three touchdowns. Find someone else stat. — Tyler Alley

Q: Good call on Victor Cruz last week. Any more darkhorses this week?

A: Here’s a name not a lot of people have heard: Montario Hardesty. He plays running back for the Cleveland Browns. True, they do have Peyton Hillis, but there seems to be unease in his current contract situation. Hardesty might see quality playing time against a Raiders defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points so far. —Tyler Alley

Apparently Hines Ward is only owned in 52 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s not really an unknown player, but he’s definitely worth picking up if you need to fill a bye week or even if you’re just looking to change things up. He also faces Jacksonville and Arizona in the next two weeks. The 1-4 Jaguars are surprisingly 10th in the league in pass defense, but their lackluster offense won’t be on the field very long and will give Ward and the Steelers offense a chance to put up nice numbers. The Cardinals’ defense is 21st in passing yards per game. — Chris Derrett

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