Stock Watch: Mark Sanchez emerging 

September, 28, 2010
It's always dangerous to rely on a young quarterback in fantasy football, because mistakes are usually part of his game, and some of those errors cost points. Last season, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez led his team to the AFC title game, but almost in spite of his error-filled ways, as he threw 20 interceptions and fumbled 10 times. Fantasy owners love upside picks, but not when they come with so many, well, picks.

This season, however, it's hard not to notice the change in Sanchez. Of the 33 quarterbacks who've scored more than 10 fantasy points so far, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick and Sanchez are the only ones without an interception. Since Week 1, Rex Ryan's bunch has produced 59 points, and Sanchez has a pair of three-touchdown games, 22 standard fantasy points in each and nary a turnover. In fact, Sanchez has yet to commit a turnover in three games, which is startling considering his 2009 performance. Although the upside for large passing totals in yards and touchdowns remains somewhat limited on this defensive-minded, run-focused team, it's impressive nevertheless and would have made Sanchez quite a bit more popular on draft day had fantasy owners thought mistake-free football was possible from him.

Steve Mitchell/US PresswireOnly three quarterbacks scored more fantasy points than Mark Sanchez (44) the past two weeks.
I can't vault Sanchez into starting-quarterback territory quite yet, but he's certainly headed in the right direction. Although running back Shonn Greene has been one of fantasy's bigger disappointments, Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson has stepped up and looked better than he has in two years. Sanchez also has stepped up, as he and tight end Dustin Keller have a great thing going -- Keller is fantasy's No. 2 tight end -- and Braylon Edwards has scored in consecutive games. When Santonio Holmes debuts for the Jets after his suspension, it will give Sanchez another weapon.