Greg McElroy: Jets QB Makes for Sneaky Fantasy Start Against Chargers

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 18, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets celebrates a call in favor of the Jets with teammate Konrad Reuland #87 on December 2, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals 7-6.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Deep Breath. I can't believe I'm saying this, but New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy will make for a decent fantasy option this week if you need one. 

No, he's not going to somehow do that from the pine. If you haven't heard by now, the Jets officially benched Sanchez for the other former SEC star (via the Jets' official Twitter account):

#EA Greg McElroy has been named the Jets starting QB for Sunday’s game with the San Diego Chargers.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 18, 2012

This will obviously open up endless debates, especially if First Take has anything to say about it, but as ESPN Stats & Info points out, it's likely the correct decision:

Jets #QBR leaders this season: Greg McElroy (95.9), Shonn Greene (25.2 - just 1 action play), Mark Sanchez (25.0), Tim Tebow (17.6).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 18, 2012

OK, because of sample sizes, that stat truly has little-to-no worth, but I just couldn't help showing that Shonn Greene has a better QBR than Mark Sanchez.

Anyway, back to this whole McElroy as a fantasy option thing. I've avoided it for long enough.

You may think this is a crazy notion considering the current state of the Jets' offense and the fact that the second-year QB has attempted a whopping seven passes in his career.

And you might even be right.

But if you're in an extremely deep league, a two-quarterback league, have been streaming QBs the entire season or—the most likely reason—all of the above, and need a boost for championship week (or, also most likely, a consolation game with pride on the line), look no further than McElroy should your waiver wire be dry. 

The biggest thing he has working in his favor is the fact that he's playing at home against the San Diego Chargers.

Norv Turner's defense isn't terrible. It's 13th in the NFL in yards per pass allowed (6.9), after all. But it's certainly not perfect, either.

The Chargers, according to ESPN, are giving up the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and most importantly for McElroy, they don't force you into a lot of mistakes. They have just 12 interceptions (less than one per game) and 27 sacks (23rd in the entire league). 

Throw in the fact that both teams are out of the playoff race—meaning all the pressure is off—and this shapes up to be an ideal first start for McElroy. If Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller are able to return from their injuries, then that's just some delicious big-play ability gravy on top.

Just so we're clear, I'm not advocating that you start McElroy over Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. But if you're desperate, there are several worse options starting out there.

And if that's not a ringing endorsement, I simply don't know what is.