Week 10 fantasy football: Can Mark Sanchez be the golden boy once more?
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Week 10 will be dedicated to your fraternity's upcoming executive board elections.
This guy used to be the face of your house. He came in as a highly recruited rush who you knew could instantly provide a spark. After being given the social chair reigns in his sophomore year, he immediately booked your house the social schedule it had long been yearning for.
You started hosting tailgates and throwing down at after hours. While the social may have benefited from a strong supporting brotherhood cast filled with scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen, he still got it done weekend in and weekend out, elevating the fraternity's social status on campus.
But then in the blink of an eye, your social chair lost his craft. With a now restless brotherhood, the fraternity replaced him on exec board and has since struggled to recover from the damage his ineptitude caused.
After sitting the following year out, your ex-social wants to get involved again, but realizes he isn't going to be forgiven anytime soon, so he accepts an assistant role on the social committee. Slowly but surely he proves his worth again. On a limited budget, he gets maximum value on the party favors he picks up before events and starts turning some heads with his commitment to the cause.
With elections upcoming, he is considering running for social chair again, which sparked the following conversation at the chapter: is he a stud or a dud?
Coming out of USC, Mark Sanchez was ranked as one of the two top quarterback prospects, behind Matthew Stafford in the 2009 NFL Draft. After trading up for the fifth pick, the Jets drafted Sanchez to replace Brett Favre.
In his rookie season, Sanchez was given the reigns as the starting quarterback. He led the team to consecutive appearances in the AFC Championship Game in his first two years. While, yes the Jets made it that far each year mainly because of its defense (which wins championships!), Sanchez still got it done at quarterback.
Then in 2011, the "Sanchize" threw for a career-high 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns. The guy was killing it. But then in the blink of an eye, he seemingly forgot how to play football in his fourth and final year with the Jets.
First, there were the 18 interceptions (tied for second-most in league), 54.3% completion percentage (third lowest) and 25.8 quarterback rating (worst in NFL).
Then there was the infamous butt fumble which ESPN had to finally retire on SportsCenter after it won "Not Top 10: Worst of the Worst" play for 40 consecutive weeks. The play also has it's own Wikipedia page. Even John Brenkus did a Sports Science on it!
Lastly, he was benched for Greg McElroy, who is now retired and apparently a college football analyst on the SEC Network. Who knew?
In the team's third preseason game in 2013, Sanchez injured his shoulder and was replaced with rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Sanchez ended up missing all of 2013 and was released by the team in that offseason.
Knowing there was no chance he'd get a starting gig this season, Sanchez accepted a one-year, $2.25 million contract to be the backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the preseason, Sanchez proved his worth to Chip Kelly going 25/31 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, a quarterback rating of 112.5. Then, after starting QB Nick Foles went down in the second quarter in Week 9 with a broken collarbone, Sanchez smoothly stepped right in and completed 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
He also threw two picks, but got the "W" for his team, so we'll let the turnovers slide for now. Unless it of course becomes habitual, which is the million-dollar question: Is Mark Sanchez for real and is he an actual viable fantasy football quarterback?
On the surface all signs point to the answer being "yes."
For starters, the Eagles are used to switching quarterbacks mid-season. Sanchez will replace Foles who once replaced Michael Vick who once replaced Kevin Kolb.
And in an even more ironic twist, Sanchez will replace Foles who once replaced Vick who once replaced Geno Smith who replaced Sanchez.
Both Foles and Vick (the 11th-highest fantasy scoring quarterbacks in 2013 and 2011, respectively) were studs as the Eagles' starter. And now in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense, which is probably comparable to playing football after five cups of coffee, Sanchez will have an opportunity to air it out week in and week out.
In his first pass after replacing Foles, Sanchez aired out a 59-yard bomb to Jeremy Maclin before connecting on a touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Sanchez later hit Maclin for a TD from eight yards out late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Both Maclin (the No. 3 fantasy wide receiver this season) and Jordan Matthews (a boom or bust flex option) remain viable fantasy options with Sanchez at the helm, and while Zach Ertz has been a big disappointment, I'd hold onto him and wait to see what happens.
Sanchez has never been known to fill up a stats sheet in years past, aside from the INT column. But Kelly has a track record of turning your 'average Joe' into a top notch pro. I'm definitely intrigued.
You'd have to imagine the Eagles will officially deploy its three-headed backfield monster full-time now. While yeah, Sanchez seems like a capable passer, for now, there is no need for him to throw more than 30-35 times in a game when you have LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk, who ran for a combined 186 yards on 35 carries last week.
So, just like with their wide receivers, I don't anticipate any downgrade in the Eagles' running backs' fantasy production. If anything, I see Sanchez starting as a benefit to the committee. I'd even scoop Polk off free agency if you are desperate because of bye weeks.
With eight weeks left in the regular season, Mark Sanchez is asking for your vote and show of confidence. After leaving New York as the punch line, he is now the headline in Philadelphia. His first start as the Eagles starting quarterback will be at home on Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers. Are you ready for some football?
Bryan Rubin is a senior at Syracuse University. He once ate Chipotle three times in one day and woke up at 3:46 a.m. on a Wednesday morning to make a roster move to his fantasy football team (while his friends were sleeping) to avoid wasting his No. 1 waiver claim. Follow him on Twitter: @bryan_rubin