Fantasy Trader’s Football Roundtable: Sanchez or Stafford?

Mar 15, 2010

I’ve been invited to participate in Fantasy Trader’s fantasy football roundtable.

This week’s topic:
With their rookie seasons now in the books, who has the better fantasy career?  Matt Stafford or Mark Sanchez?

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My response:
I’m going to go with the #1 pick Matthew Stafford for a number of reasons. First of all, he already has a premier wide receiver in Calvin Johnson. Megatron is a physical specimen that will only get better. He also has talented second-year tight end Brandon Pettigrew that will grow with him. Having two young, talented pieces in place is a great start.

Mark Sanchez started to get with tight end Dustin Keller in the playoffs, but his options are limited. Plus, the Jets don’t need Sanchez to have a big game to win. The Lions, on the other hand, don’t have a good defense. If they are going to win, it’s going to be a shootout. The Jets are built on defense and their running game. It’s unlikely that they  are going to change it any time soon. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

I also favor Stafford as a long-term fantasy quarterback because he plays in a dome. While Sanchez has to deal with the elements, Stafford is at ease in climate-controlled Ford Field. Nothing derails a fantasy championship like a late-season nor’easter.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    March 15th, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Great point about the supporting cast. I think the Jets commitment to power running and eating up clock will also limit Sanchez in the long run (unless Rex doesn’t survive the next few seasons). I think Stafford will be given a little more free reign with the weapons around him.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 15th, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    excellent points Rad.

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