Fantasy football is about knowing who to start, just as much as it is about having the right guys to start. Each week our fantasy experts here at Rant Sports will debate over which players are the better starting options for the upcoming week. Our second week 5 fantasy football debate is about whether you should keep New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez or drop him to pick up Tim Tebow:
Candidate Mark Sanchez – By Adam McGill
Many people are currently calling for the head of New York Jets starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. However, those same critics should go watch some film of Tim Tebow throwing the ball last year for the Denver Broncos and they would quickly recant their previous grumblings.
Now, Sanchez may not be posting All-Pro numbers right now, but he is still worthy of a fantasy roster spot in deeper leagues. His 3-touchdwon performance in week one against the Buffalo Bills helped many people win their first matchup of the year, and in fantasy football, a win is a win.
Tebow is not a mechanically sound pocket passer, but just imagine how poor his mechanics would look throwing the ball behind one of the most underachieving offensive lines in all of football. He would constantly be flushed out of the pocket, which would only result in him trying to do more with his legs and let’s face it; Tebow is no Michael Vick.
Also, once the Jets lost their star wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, for the season, it left the team extremely vulnerable on the outside. Sanchez is obviously a much more accurate quarterback, so he is the better candidate to distribute the football among the team’s collection of below-average receivers. Tebow, on the other hand, would just end up throwing ball after ball into the turf or into the stands.
The lack of surrounding talent, or any assemblance of an offensive line, will only further showcase Tebow’s deficiencies as a starting quarterback. It will make him look even worse and will no doubt have the same fans that once called for Tebow to start, dusting off their Sanchez jerseys.
Mark my words; if Tebow starts for the Jets down the stretch, this will be his last shot in the league as a potential starter. No team will want to sign him after he embarrasses himself and completely exposes all his weaknesses. After all, there is no hiding your weaknesses as a quarterback when you have no protection and no weapons to get the ball to.
Sanchez may not be the best fantasy option, but he still has more value than Tebow (his backup). Sanchez is a much more polished quarterback and considering the Jets current roster; he gives the team the best chance to win.
Again, Sanchez may not be putting up elite fantasy numbers, but in 14-man leagues he can certainly occupy a roster spot. I am not saying to start Sanchez this weekend by any means, but simply not to panic and drop him. He is still the starting quarterback for the Jets and in fantasy football you can never have enough starters.
Candidate Tim Tebow – By J. M. Nicholas
Yes, it is indeed Tebow time for the New York Jets and for fantasy football team owners around the world. The Jets came out swinging in week one, with Mark Sanchez throwing for three scores and over 250 yards against the Buffalo Bills. The thing is, the Bills look to be a fluke, which speaks the same for Sanchez’s big opening week. Buffalo gave up 52 points against the New England Patriots last week, as well. Sanchez has thrown for more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2), and has completed less than 50 percent of his passes since the win against Buffalo.
Long story short (too late), Sanchez’s epitaph was written the day Tebow was signed. Just ask Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn how it feels to have a cult of personality waiting in the wings behind you. Tebow may not be a prototypical quarterback, but he totally has the “it” factor on the field and in fantasy. This job will be Tebow’s before long, so pick him up while you can.
Love him or loathe him, Tim Tebow is fantasy football gold. He’s the ultimate wild card in the passing game or on the run. Players want to play for him, and coaches have a hard time preparing for him. If the Jets want any chance to save their season, then they have to make the move to Tebow. Tebow may only throw for 100 yards, but he will also run for 100 yards and a score. If you hear a ticking sound in the distance, that’s because it is officially Tebow time in the Big Apple.
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