I find that Faramir is a good hero, but great in the right deck. If he's in a deck full of powerful allies like a Harad deck, Ent deck, or Eagle deck then he's a beast. He lets you quest with that ally and free him up for the combat phase. All around great hero.
Hero. Threat: 11. 2 2 2 5
Gondor. Noble. Ranger.
Response: After you engage an enemy, ready an ally you control. (Limit once per phase.)
"That will be the Captain: he can master both beasts and men" Beregond, The Return of the King
Jason Cheeseman Meyer
The Land of Shadow #2. Leadership.