But Mark is just way too classy for that.
Instead he took the podium and fielded questions with his usual aplomb and went about his business, even though he proved his doubters wrong.
Well at least for one week.
Sanchez was on point against the Panthers. Of course, some would like to dismiss it as bad defense but Sanchez was pretty accurate on his throws. He did get away with a potential interception but hey, it was a nearly flawless start from a guy who hadn't started since 2012.
The Packers should provide a more accurate test for Sanchez this week. I'm still going to roll with him in my League of Record because I lost Foles. And really, if I have to choose between Sanchez and some of the other guys on this list, I'm going to roll with Mark. The offense is too good, and I'm really just about pot-committed to Sanchez at this point. So why not go all-in?
But while it's good for one former-USC quarterback, the news isn't so great for another. I'm rather bummed about what has happened to Carson Palmer. It's hard to imagine now, but some folks questioned whether he would ever return to the NFL after his injury in 2006. And then he had that regrettable stint with the Raiders. I remember seeing him at Wahoo's Fish Tacos before he went to Oakland and the dude seemed content with life (saw him at a USC tailgate after that, too). But he did go to Oakland and then seemed to have a new lease on life when he went to Arizona. Of course the Birds were rolling to the best record in the NFL and this injury happened. Seriously, this is a total buzzkill.
So where do we go from here? I like Drew Stanton a little bit. I don't care for the matchup this week against the Lions, but he can be a serviceable fantasy option at some point this year. Actually, he still has two games left against the Seahawks and that can be a bit troubling. So I only see him as a streaming option in Week 13 against the Falcons. No reason to keep him on your roster. And even then, the matchup against the Falcons isn't that great. But you're in luck because I have some other quarterbacks you can look at.
Carlos Hyde aka Los Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
These can always be a bit unnerving. The 49ers have a great matchup, but we've seen some great fantasy plays blow up in our faces before. This also depends on Jim Harbaugh. Never a great scenario. But Harbaugh has given the ball to Hyde inexplicably in the past (remember the Monday night game against St. Louis?), so this one is worth a shot if you're in need of a runner.
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers
I know, he's slowed a bit. Perhaps it was a bit of a rookie wall with all of the work he's gone through. But I like the matchup against the Raiders. And even if Ryan Mathews does return, Oliver will still have a place in the lineup, similar to what Danny Woodhead would do.
Andre Roberts, WR, Washington
I kind of like this matchup against the Bucs. This has been kind of a rocky year for Roberts, who thought he was going to be the No. 2 guy in D.C. But it's cool, he has a chance for points this week.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Cleveland Browns
Yep, the Browns are another one of those teams who engage in the popcorn popper. You never know who is going to present themselves. I like the 5-foot-8 dynamo to give a lot of fits to the Houston Texans, who have given up a ton of points to fantasy receivers this season.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Yeah, he kind of burnt us over the weekend. I mean, everybody was partying against the Bears but we didn't see much from Adams. Mostly because the Packers chose to go after the Bears with a two-tight end formation for most of the night. Doh! The Packers could use more three-receiver sets against the Eagles.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington is pretty generous to opposing tight ends, so this is a nice play. The only thing going against ASJ is he scored last week. Now we're just going to look like we chased the points. But if you need a guy, like if you played Owen Daniels last week or something. He's worth a chase, I suppose. I know, hearty endorsement.
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