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Quarterbacks Movin' Up - Week 14
Tim Van Prooyen
December 8, 2009
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Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Movin’ Up

Breakdown: The regular season of fantasy football is coming to an end in many leagues.  With that in mind we realize that, minus the opportunity that may arise due to injury, the players with something to bring to the table this fantasy season are pretty much well known to all.  Therefore our perspective must change a bit, leading us to look beyond just this season but to next season as well.  Whether for keeper league purposes, trade purposes, or whatever other purposes may be pertinent, we’ll be taking a weekly look at players and situations that fantasy owners should be aware of in order to be on top of their game moving forward.

Mark Sanchez (NYJ) – Before getting into things too far regarding Sanchez I have to say up front that I don’t believe he is going to be setting any passing records anytime soon – or for that matter, ever.  As long as he’s playing for the Jets, he’s likely going to be restricted by the philosophy that seems to stay with the team regardless of who is in charge – run first, pass second.  That being said, I do think that Sanchez does have some good fantasy value going forward.

In his rookie season so far, Sanchez has only attempted thirty or more passes in four of twelve games.  Of those four, two times he passed for exactly thirty, once thirty-one times and once thirty-five times.  By comparison, he’s also attempted twenty-two passes or less four times, once at twenty-two, once twenty, once seventeen and once sixteen.  This is very much within expectations for a rookie quarterback in any environment, much less a run first one like in New York.  However, it can be assumed that those numbers will improve when he’s had some time to adjust to things.  The thing that should concern owners is his turnover numbers.  If he was throwing for a ton of yards and two or three touchdowns a game, two or three interceptions a game might be acceptable, but he’s not.  This will have to come down, and at some point, with a little experience and some better receivers, he’ll likely get better in that category.

The Jets have committed to Sanchez as their future, so he’s not going to get yanked in and out of the starting job like some teams do, but he’ll need to show improvement over time.  The trade for Braylon Edwards gives him a nice target, but Edwards has his own issues of staying in the game mentally, and he’s also a free agent at the end of this year, so there is nothing certain there going forward.  The Jets have solid talent at most places on offense and a good defense, so the 2010 draft will be spent solidifying the few holes there still are…receiver being one of those areas.  So, looking forward over the next couple of years I see Sanchez as another Pennington-like option, capable of a big game here and there, but overall a solid manager of the game, tossing one or two touchdowns most weeks to go along with about 240-270 yards.  Those numbers would make him a very solid number two quarterback option in just about any fantasy league.

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