Ranks reaction: Will Jets bounce back? 

December, 8, 2010
Now that the smell from Monday's performance by the New York Jets has dissipated a bit, I found myself actually trusting the fantasy options on the AFC East's second-best team in my Week 14 rankings. Look, the NFL is obviously a week-to-week league; heroes and villains rise and fall so quickly that if you miss a Sunday, you miss a lot. But you have to look ahead. The Jets played a terrible game Monday, losing 45-3 to a New England Patriots team they needed to make a statement against, but I don't think it has any bearing on this Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins are hardly the Patriots, and Chad Henne is no Tom Brady. I trust the Jets to bounce back with a strong performance. The last time these teams played, sophomore quarterback Mark Sanchez delivered his second consecutive 22-point fantasy outing. Yes, Sanchez has a total of 10 fantasy points the past two weeks, but in Weeks 9-11, he averaged 23 points. There are so many stats out there, one can make the case for just about anything ... and I think Sanchez can move on and will find success against, frankly, an underachieving opponent with a fluky 5-1 road record.

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Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger/US PresswireMark Sanchez has scored 20 or more (standard) fantasy points five times this season.
Sanchez didn't reach starter status for me this week, but No. 16 really isn't bad at all, especially for those in deeper formats. I thought about placing him ahead of the Houston Texans' Matt Schaub, who faces a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, but ultimately decided the Andre Johnson factor was too strong. Then again, hasn't Santonio Holmes outscored Johnson the past five weeks? Why yes, he certainly has, and Holmes has eased by Braylon Edwards to become the Jets' prime wide receiver, averaging 13 fantasy points per game since Week 9. Edwards has 30 fewer fantasy points in the five weeks. Advantage Holmes; I didn't rank him quite as well as my colleagues (though I will move him up in the Friday update), but if you're choosing a Jets wide receiver, it has to be Holmes.