NFC East Week 2 Preview

NFC East WEEK 2 PREVIEW: Fantasy Relevant Players

Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs

Tony Romo: Romo passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Giants which isn’t that great considering his past numbers against them. The Chiefs defense appears to be the team strength, but then again they did play the Jaguars week one. With the news that receiver Dez Bryant practiced in full this week, Romo will once again have his full compliment of weapons. If around 275 passing yards and a couple touchdowns is enough for you, I’d start him.

DeMarco Murray: Murray looked strong last week rushing for 86 yards. The Cowboys have stated they want to run the ball more this year, so things are looking up for him. The key, obviously, is if he can stay healthy. If so, he should end up as a low end RB1 or high RB2 for your team this season. The added bonus is he does catch some passes in this offense and last week he had eight receptions for almost 40 yards against the Giants. Look for around 80 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 6 receptions for 40 yards or so.

Dez Bryant: Bryant’s four reception 22 yard performance and limp off the field with a foot sprain last week sent mass panic through fantasy land. Luckily a major injury was averted and Bryant was able to practice in full this week. After week one the only negative vibe I saw was the Cowboys choosing to go away from Bryant when he receives extra coverage. Let’s hope this isn’t a permanent pattern. You don’t need me to tell you to start this guy; if he’s healthy and playing he should always be in your lineup. He should be good for around 6 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Miles Austin: Austin is the direct beneficiary of Bryant’s double coverage and this will remain the same if the Cowboys don’t figure a way to get Bryant involved more. If you own Austin this is all good news. Last week he rewarded you with ten receptions for 72 yards, which are the most receptions he’s had since 2010 season. Chiefs’ corner back Brandon Flowers will likely be following Bryant around so there’s a good chance Austin scores this week.

Jason Witten: Week one was all roses for Witten owners when he had eight receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Romo loves this guy and looks for him every time he feels a little pressure. Witten is a bit older, but still looks quite capable. I wouldn’t expect another two touchdown outing but Witten should be good for 5 receptions and 60 yards. There is always that chance that he goes off again so start him with confidence as usual.

New York Giants vs Denver Broncos

Eli Manning: If the Giants could get their rushing attack worked out, Manning would be putting up decent numbers every week. His 450 passing yards and four touchdowns performance last week was blemished by three interceptions, some his fault, some not his fault. With an anemic running game, the Giants offense will revolve around Manning’s arm and his trio of talented receivers, the likes of which the Broncos defense didn’t see in week one. This will likely be a shootout and Manning will have around 290 passing yards and two touchdowns.

David Wilson: This situation is a mess. Wilson’s fumble-itis reappeared and he’s in head coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse to be sure, but with Andre Brown on IR and Da’Rel Scott not on Wilson’s talent level, who else are the Giants going to turn to? Wilson is the most talented running back on the roster and Coughlin knows he will need him this week. Another fumble would be disastrous for Wilson, but he’ll play and bounce back with 60 yards and a touchdown, and may God be with us.

Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks/Reuben Randle: This is one of the most talented trio of wide receivers in the league and all three are capable of going over 100 yards receiving on any given week. Cruz (5-118-3TDs) is the most explosive and seems to be able to put up numbers regardless of double coverage and is a must start every week. If Nicks (5-114) can stay healthy, which is doubtful, he should have a good year. If not, Randle (5-101) has the talent to step in and do well. I’d start both Cruz (6-75-1) and Nicks (7-80-1) and then Randle (6-50) makes a nice flex play this week.

Brandon Myers: Manning targeted Myers nine times and he had 7 receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. With so many other talented mouths to feed on the Giants roster I wouldn’t count on these kinds of numbers every week. This week four or five receptions for somewhere in the 50 yard range.

Philadelphia Eagles vs San Diego Chargers

Michael Vick: I have one word for this offense and it’s wow! Vick’s 54 yards running with one touchdown and 203 passing yards and two more touchdowns have the Vick owners very happy. Hell, even if you don’t have him on your roster you have to admit this is fun to watch. He did get dinged up a bit and I’m not sure he can last through half a season, but until further notice Vick is a must start. Look for another very good outing for him with around 50 running yards and a touchdown and another 250 passing yards and two touchdowns. Enjoy it while it lasts folks.

LeSean McCoy: McCoy had 21 carries by halftime and by the end of the game he had 31 carries for 184 yards and one touchdown and looked as shifty and elusive as he ever has. The only negative point I can make is that he only had one reception. Hopefully his receptions will get better, but who’s complaining. Until further notice he’s good for 100 rushing yards and one touchdown. Leave him in your lineup and don’t touch him until he gets hurt, God forbid, or it’s his bye week.

DeSean Jackson: Jackson has never been short on talent or arrogance in the past but he does appear to be re-energized in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. He looks exceptionally fast and is getting open everywhere on the field. Last week he had 7 receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown and I don’t see that changing against the Chargers in Philly. Must start.

Brent Celek: Last week the Charger defense gave up 70 yards and two touchdowns to Texans’ tight end Owen Daniels and Celek had two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown himself. Catch my drift? It’s a bit early in the season to write this is stone, but he does appear to be part of the game plan in Philly and I would use him as my starting tight end until he proves he’s not. Percentages of him scoring again this week are high.

Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers

Robert Griffin III: Things got off to a very shaky start for RGIII last week but he was able to get at least some of his game legs working again and finished with a very respectable 329 passing yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since his injury so the rust has built up a bit, but it won’t last. He doesn’t seem too concerned about tucking the ball and running when need be which is good to see, and other than a few errant passes caused by lack of playing time, his arm looks as strong as ever. This week we should see plenty of both as he will need to keep pace with a high powered Packer offense. Look for around 300 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Alfred Morris: Things got off to a very shaky start for Morris last week. Sound familiar? He only had 45 rushing yards on 12 carries and had costly fumble added as well. He is still a durable and dangerous runner and the Redskins will continue to use him unless the score gets out of hand and they take to the air. He didn’t do much in the receptions department and only had one last week, but its way to early to tell if that will be the case going forward. The Packers are sporting a pretty good defense and they are playing in Green Bay, so keep your expectations within reason for Morris this week.

Pierre Garcon: The Packers should force this game into a shootout and Garcon will be one of the beneficiaries when RGIII starts slinging it. The 49er’s gouged the Packer secondary to the tune of 412 passing yards and three touchdowns. I’m thinking this make Garcon a high end WR2 with upside this week and I think he scores a touchdown and throws in 6-7 receptions for about 80 yards.

Leonard Hankerson: Hankerson is another player who will benefit when the game goes into pass mode. He had a career opening performance ( 5-80-2TD’s) which shot him to the top of the waiver wire and seems to be a good compliment to Garcon. I wouldn’t think another two touchdown day is on the horizon as defensive coordinators know how to read stats also, but five or six receptions for 65 yards or so might do the job as a flex play.

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