Speaking of Sanchez, there are conflicting reports about his decision to undergo shoulder surgery. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that he's decided to have surgery on his torn labrum and will be out for four to six months:
Source: #Jets QB Mark Sanchez has decided he plans to have surgery on his torn labrum after attempting to rehab. 4-6 month rehab process— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2013
Brian Costello of the New York Post reports a slightly different version, noting Sanchez has decided to see Dr. Andrews but hasn't yet decided to have surgery:
Mark Sanchez is in Fla. seeing Dr. Andrews again, but has not decided to have surgery yet. Still going to rehab shoulder, per source. #NYJ— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 30, 2013
ESPN's Chris Mortensen also reports there hasn't been a decision yet, per NFL on ESPN:
Either way, Sanchez is out of game action until at least Week 11, per ESPN's Rich Cimini, since the Jets placed him on short-term injured reserve in mid-September. So, Smith will continue to have opportunities, but that doesn't mean he'll seize those opportunities, at least from a fantasy perspective.
Smith has been atrocious this season—Sanchez-esque, if you will—due to his tendency to create costly turnovers at inopportune times.
In fact, Smith has also given Sanchez a run for his money in the "butt-fumble" category. He lost a fumble in Week 4 after attempting to go behind-the-back while getting sacked. The ball was recovered by the Tennessee Titans for a touchdown.
As far as Smith's fantasy outlook goes, there isn't a lot of upside. In four games, he's thrown eight interceptions and has fumbled the ball three times. While he's piled up the yardage, throwing for 1,090 yards, his mistakes have turned him into a fantasy-football pariah.
Given the state of New York's receiving corps, improving upon those numbers won't be easy, either.
Deep threat Stephen Hill suffered a concussion in Week 4, and veteran Santonio Holmes suffered a hamstring injury, as noted by Darryl Slater of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Perhaps this is why head coach Rex Ryan doesn't anticipate benching Smith "at this time," as noted by Rapoport:
The Jets were already thin on talent at the receiver position before these injuries, and the team has struggled to run the ball effectively. This all adds up to a horrifying situation for fantasy owners hoping Smith can produce points.
Smith isn't even worth a spot on your bench at this point.
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