Yeah, AICN isn't exactly the most accurate place in the world much of the time, so for now, it is taken with a big grain of salt. I think you're right Scott, a lot of people seem to want Venom, although I'm with you and don't necessarily care to see him in this next movie. Not that I have anything against the character, but I think it is the type of villain who might need a little more development (with the symbiote, attaching to Peter, finding Eddie, etc.) and might be better suited for later movie installments if they continue.
I wouldn't mind seeing Sandman on screen, but I don't know if he could be the "main" guy. Perhaps in combination with Harry/GG2 and/or the Lizard it could be ok though. I always kind of liked the Sandman as a Spidey villain, although he wasn't as "deep" of a character as some of the other baddies. Could be a good supporting nemesis though.