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Stay Away From Sanchez


Just because New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan named Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback, don't rush out and add him to your roster or vault him up your draft board. You may be tempted based on the success of Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Baltimore's Joe Flacco last season, but avoid that pitfall, most fantasy experts caution.

This from "While it's an exciting move for the Jets, it's a situation for fantasy leaguers to avoid."

Ryan and Flacco had fine rookie seasons in leading their teams to the playoffs, but as far as fantasy goes, neither was a No. 1 option.

Ryan had 3,440 yards and 16 touchdowns, which was in the ballpark of Jason Campbell, who's far from a viable starter in fantasy. Flacco, meantime, had 2,971 yards and 14 touchdowns.

ESPN projects Sanchez to pass for 2,453 yards and 14 touchdowns and has him ranked 31st, one spot ahead of Detroit rookie Matthew Stafford. Sanchez is ranked 32nd on

That's just about where you'll find him on most major fantasy sites, with the notable exception of Fantasy Football Toolbox, which rates him 27.

Toolbox goes so far as to comment: "The stats guys here at FFLToolbox have Sanchez on the brink of being a backup quarterback for fantasy owners this season. This makes Mark a great target for a late sleeper pick."

Would you take a chance on Sanchez as a rookie sleeper? Your comments are encouraged.

By Gene Wang  |  August 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Posted by: Stilts | August 27, 2009 1:49 PM

I'd start Bubby Brister before I start Mark Sanchez.

Posted by: You Can Call Me Bubby | August 27, 2009 1:54 PM

Sanchez is a lock for the fantasy guys, but only the ones with the biggest bal1s will be able to reap the benefits. Hes going to amaze the world in 2009

Posted by: Karl | August 27, 2009 5:43 PM

What about for those of us in 16 team leagues that waited to draft quarterbacks until the end of the draft. My RB depth is crazy I've got great receivers but the truth of the matter is I'm looking at starting either Trent Edwards or Sanchez...and right now with the weapons the Jets have with T.J. L. Washington, and Cotchery it seems like Sanchez is a better starter than Edwards. I'd love to get some feedback on this as I'm not 100% sure what to do week 1.

Posted by: David | September 4, 2009 2:25 PM

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