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Entering this season, Mark Sanchez was destined to be remembered, if at all, for a single notorious play that marked his sorry stretch as the starting QB for the New York Jets.
Yet, in Week 9, the guy who has long since looked more like the quintessential big-name backup QB got his chance when Philadelphia starter Nick Foles suffered a serious injury. Sanchez didn't do badly, and Week 10 was even better: 332 yards passing, two TDs, zero INTs, zero buttfumbles.
Now, as we enter the last third or so of the season, and the fantasy diamonds in the rough are becoming fewer and farther between, Sanchez is looking like he has fantasy value for the first time in years. A bit more on Sanchez and a few other remaining fantasy bargains in our Week 10 review:
- Sanchez is not necessarily a lock for great fantasy value the rest of the way. I'm mean, he's still Mark Sanchez. But during his Week 10 outing against Carolina he looked very comfortable and confident at the throttle of a high-flying offense. In the weeks to come, he's got one not-great-but-not-awful fantasy match-up after another: GB, TEN, DAL, SEA, DAL, WAS, in that order through Week 16. Even Seattle these days is not an automatic doomsday date for a QB. Foles, the guy he replaced, was a late-season fantasy stud last year. Could the Buttfumbler be the same in the coming weeks?
- Denard Robinson, RB/WR, JAC, has put together three impressive fantasy weeks in a row, yet prior to this past weekend was still less than 80% owned in Yahoo! leagues. In Week 10, he had his fewest rushing yards as a starter - 60 - but scored two TDs. No one wanted to believe the former Michigan QB could really change positions as a pro, but given the tumult across the league at the RB position, if he keeps his job and finishes strong, he could be in the RB-1 fantasy discussion next season.
- Mike Evans, WR, TAM, caught seven passes for 125 yards and a TD in Week 10, upping his tally from the last three games to 329 yards receiving and three TDs. Even more impressive is that the Bucs' QB switch from Mike Glennon to Josh McCown from Week 9 to Week 10 appeared to make no difference in his performance. He's been a hot waiver-wire pick in the last couple weeks, but is still available in about 20% of Yahoo! leagues.
- LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI, almost seemed to be rescuing his lost season as he headed into Week 10, with two 100-plus-yards rushing efforts in the previous three games. The good news from Week 10 is that McCoy finally scored his second TD of the season, but it came with only 19 yards rushing. Sanchez's success passing also doesn't really bode well for McCoy in the coming weeks. He's played himself down to the RB-2 level, and I can think of better RB-2 options to start the rest of the way.
* Bleacher Report's Week 11 buy/sell report is ready to give up on Russell Wilson.
* FoxSports.com offers Week 11 waiver-wire options.
* Rotoworld reports that Ben Tate, RB, CLE isn't happy about becoming part of an RB committee. Fantasy owners probably weren't happy with his declining fantasy numbers, either.
Dan O'Shea is our man in fantasyland. He welcomes your comments.