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Won't be tempted to draft Jets with Tebow in town

What we are talking about:

  • Eric Decker

    He's the one to have in Denver

  • Ryan Clark

    A player worth following

  • Mandy Peet

    She's back on TV; life's good

Tim Tebow was recently gunning for Mark Sanchez's girl, Kate Upton, and now he's going for his job. To quote the great Vince Lombardi, what the hell is going on here?

Well, we should pump the brakes for a moment. Tim Tebow was a New York Jet -- for about 11 minutes or a lifetime for a Kardashian marriage -- before reports of a snag surfaced. Figures, just another instance of something Tebow can't complete.

But the deal went through, and fantasy enthusiasts should breathe a sigh of relief, as you'll no longer be tempted to draft either quarterback. Sanchez scored the tenth-most fantasy points at quarterback, but his six touchdowns from last year would likely evaporate. Even Shonn Greene's value as a breakout and Joe McKnight as a sleeper take a hit with Tebow calling his number at the goal line.

And then there's the reason for this whole trade in the first place: Peyton Manning is now a member of the Broncos as John Elway managed to once again stick it to the Colts.

So what do you do with Manning this season?

Manning is still a member of the Fantasy Illuminati, just based on history. And to be honest, everybody carries a risk of serious injury every time he takes a snap. But not every quarterback is coming off four neck surgeries and an entire year on the sidelines.

I'll let Manning be somebody else's worries. I'll take Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers and even Eli Manning ahead of Peyton.

But we'll have time to think this out as we get closer to training camp. For right now, here are my Likes and Dislikes of free agency so far. And the other inanity which you have all grown to like or dislike (... mostly dislike).

And without further ado ...

Don't be so quick to believe Demaryius Thomas is the WR to have in Denver. One of the knocks against him when he entered last year's draft was that he struggles at route running, but makes up for it with his athleticism. …

That's not to say Thomas can't be great. But he's going to need to get up to speed rather quickly to be immediately effective. …

I'm trying to figure out if Manning's signing is more like the Yankees signing of Alex Rodriguez (years ago) or Andy Pettitte. I have to admit, I admire Pettitte. I don't know where a 39-year-old admitted steroid user finds a Fountain of Youth, but he seems to have found it. …

ImageI really feel sick to my stomach grabbing Yu Darvish for my fantasy team this season. He joins King Felix in my rotation. In fact, I have Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano on my team. No wonder I hate fantasy baseball so much. I have to root for my enemies every day. …

Vincent Jackson is a great talent, but don't look for his numbers to improve with the Buccaneers. He's going to be a great benefit to Freeman, but V.J.'s comparisons to T.O. are a little off. …

The most staggering thing about Jackson is he's never reached double-digits in touchdown receptions. For a guy his size, this has to be a concern. There were also times last year (particularly against the Raiders at home) where he seemed to give up on the ball way too easy. …

One name the Bucs fans don't want to hear is Alvin Harper. But don't worry, Harper was a No. 2 who benefitted from playing opposite Michael Irvin. It's not like Vincent Jackson had a big-bodied guy playing alongside him. At tight end. You know, a guy who played college basketball and then became a football player. Nope, nobody like that at all in San Diego. …

Wait, you know I was talking about Antonio Gates, right? Sometimes I'm a little too subtle for some of you. …

The one positive for Jackson is a lot of former Chargers players have gone on to flourish like Brees, Sproles and Burner Turner. Not Shawne Merriman, though. But the point is, there are a lot of post-Chargers success stories. …

Mike Tolbert is another post-Chargers guy looking to strike out on his own. But Carolina, which already has DeAngelo Williams and Jon Stewart? Are the Panthers going to break out the single wing formation? All three of those guys lose some value because Tolbert is a known touchdown vulture. …

Tolbert's presence is enough to knock Cam Newton down my fantasy rankings. Not far, just from No. 2 to No. 5. The locker room in Carolina needs harmony, and there is no chance Newton reaches 14 rushing touchdowns again. Not with three running backs needing red zone touches. As Steve Smith once said on the DDFP, Cam is going to need to keep his teammates happy. …

Peyton Hillis to the Chiefs is a great football move, lousy fantasy move. Hillis just nuked his fantasy value, with Jamaal Charles suffering collateral damage. …

ImageSpeaking of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, is it my imagination or is "The Hunger Games" really just a reboot of "The Running Man"? How dare you make this reboot without Jim Brown. Wait, he's not in this, is he? Let me check IMDB real quick. (Pause) Nope, he's not in it. This is an outrage. …

The Browns should pass on Ryan Tannehill and Trent Richardson with the No. 4 overall selection and instead focus on Justin Blackmon or Morris Claiborne. Tannehill, Brandon Weeden or Lamar Miller will be available for the Browns for their second pick in the first round. …

Rashard Mendenhall looks like he won't return to the Steelers and even if he does, don't expect the real Mendenhall until at least 2013. …

Ahmad Bradshaw told reporters he's ready to go and 100 percent for the 2012 season. Bradshaw said he's willing to do whatever's asked for him, but it's hard to imagine the Giants giving him a heavy workload with his history of injuries. He'd be a great feature back, but he's splitting time with somebody next year. …

All right, what is wrong with the Dolphins? Are players that turned off by the B-list celebrities hanging around, they'd rather not go there? Ryan Clark said so. And you have to believe Manning felt the same way during his courtship. Well, so much for Reggie Bush's fantasy value. …

You have to imagine Alex Smith would take the opportunity to stick it to the 49ers for the whole Manning courtship by going with Miami, but even that's too severe. He's back, but it doesn't matter much fantasy wise …

And to be honest, how butt-hurt can Smith really be? We're talking about Peyton Manning, and this is the NFL -- not Little League. Even then, I had to sit behind Darryl Kile in Little League. …

Don't expect big numbers from Mario Manningham, probably the most apt comparison to Harper of all of the receivers out there. …

Oh wait, we have another contender for the dreaded Alvin Harper Award: It's former Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson. Congratulations on the new contract, but who much are you giving up in long-term viability signing with the Jaguars? Oh well, maybe he can reteam with Tony Romo in Jacksonville when he's released for not leading the Cowboys to the playoffs again this season. …

I like Kyle Rudolph as a fantasy sleeper at tight end this year. But having John Carlson in the mix now kills that. Seriously, the two tight end (expletive) only works in fantasy when Tom Brady is your quarterback. …

ImageNice work, Jets. It's bad enough you made a deal for Tebow, but you made your team look worse by trying to get out of it. I would have at least respected your decision if you stood by it and weathered the criticism. I mean, you did it when you signed Sanchez to an extension. Terrible. Not only did the Jets get sent to work in the boiler room, they lost their red Swingline stapler, too.


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