I’ve been invited to participate in Fantasy Trader’s fantasy football roundtable.
This week’s topic :
With their rookie seasons now in the books, who has the better fantasy career? Matt Stafford or Mark Sanchez?
My response :
I'm going to go with the No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford for a number of reasons. First of all, he already has a premier wide receiver in Calvin Johnson. Megatron is a physical specimen that will only get better. He also has talented second-year tight end in Brandon Pettigrew that will grow with him. Having two young, talented pieces in place is a great start.
Mark Sanchez started to get with tight end Dustin Keller in the playoffs, but his options are limited. Plus, the Jets don't need Sanchez to have a big game to win. The Lions, on the other hand, don't have a good defense. If they are going to win, it's going to be a shootout. The Jets are built on defense and their running game. It's unlikely that they are going to change it any time soon. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I also favor Stafford as a long-term fantasy quarterback because he plays in a dome. While Sanchez has to deal with the elements, Stafford is at ease in climate-controlled Ford Field. Nothing derails a fantasy championship like a late-season nor'easter.