NFC East Week 9 Preview: Fantasy Relevant Players

 

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Cowboys vs Vikings

Tony Romo: However inconsistent Romo has been this season week nine should go a long way in tipping the scales in his favor. He’ll be facing one of the worst, if not THE worst pass defense in the league and things are really heating up with his star receiver Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Romo has thrown ten touchdowns the last four weeks and that pace will continue this week against the Vikings. This is a great week to be a Romo owner.

DeMarco Murray: Murray is coming off a strained MCL but has declared himself, “ready to go.” In an interview with the Dallas Morning News Murray said, “I feel like I can contribute at a high level and help this team win.” Murray has scored three rushing touchdowns and two in consecutive games before his injury. The Eagles have been giving up one rushing touchdown a week to opposing backs so if Murray is good to go there’s no reason not to get him in your lineup.

Dez Bryant: Bryant just went off on head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo last week and should get plenty of grease this week against the Vikings at home who on average surrender three receiving touchdowns per game to opposing wide receivers. Bryant has eight touchdown receptions and is coming off a two touchdown performance against the Lions. I don’t really know what more I can say, start him as usual.

Terrance Williams: Although Williams only had two receptions against the Lions in week eight he had a whopping ten targets and managed to score another receiving touchdown. Williams has scored in his last four games and week five against the Broncos went off for 151 receiving yards. With Dez Bryant getting most of the defensive attention Williams has thrived and surpassed receiver Miles Austin as the number two for the Cowboys. He’s fast becoming a must start WR2 or flex so like Romo and Bryant, get him active this week.

Jason Witten: The once dependable Witten has really fallen on hard times this season. Witten has scored only once and has only gone over 50 yards receiving in three games. In week eight he only had two receptions on two targets for 15 yards. Those aren’t even flexible numbers. It’s hard to recommend Witten this week even against a defense such as the Vikings, were it not for his past accomplishments and being considered one the most dependable plays in fantasy football he wouldn’t have made this article this week. I think he bounces back this week and scores a short touchdown, but it’s definitely a risk.

Eagles at Raiders

Nick Foles: Before sustaining a concussion against the Cowboys in week seven Foles was playing horribly. He finished that game passing for only 80 yards on 11 pass completions. In contrast he did have a good performance just a week earlier against the Bucs completing 22 passes on 31 attempts for 296 yards and three passing touchdowns. It’s hard to say if we’ll see the week six or week seven quarterback and he is going against a Raiders defense that has only given up five passing touchdowns the last four games and are at playing at home so he’s a very high risk play if you’re in a pinch at quarterback this week.

LeSean McCoy: McCoy has definitely cooled off after rushing for 395 yards and two touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season. In his last two games he’s only rushed for 103 yards and hasn’t scored a touchdown since week five. Add to that the Raiders haven’t allowed a 100 yard rushing day against them this season. The Eagles quarterback issues are causing havoc with McCoy’s numbers and he’s had little room to roam, but he is the lynch pin that holds this offense together and the last game Nick Foles started he rushed for 116 yards.

DeSean Jackson: Jackson is the passing game for the Eagles whether Nick Foles or Michael Vick are playing. In week six against the Bucs Jackson had six receptions on six targets for 64 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. The Raiders have given up ten receiving touchdowns in the past seven games so there’s no reason not to start Jackson this week. Hope for a better performance from Nick Foles this week, if not, forget everything I just said.

Redskins vs Chargers

Robert Griffin: Against the Broncos last week before being pulled from the game with a knee injury Griffin passed for only 132 yards on 30 attempts for 15 completions, one touchdown and two interceptions. That’s about six fantasy point and a lot of heartache for those that were counting on a big game from him. According to reports Griffin is good to go this week and hopefully will continue running the football. In week six against the Cowboys he rushed for 77 yards and a week later rushed for 84 yards against the Bears. Griffin has passed for nine touchdowns this season and three touchdowns in his last two games. The Chargers are allowing two passing touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks and have shown a weakness to running quarterbacks.

Alfred Morris: Morris has two important factors going against him so far this season. The first is the Redskins have been falling behind and going away from the running game in favor of passing in catch up mode and the second is the solid play of backup Roy Helu who’s been chipping away at Morris’ carries each week. In week four Helu had 13 carries to Morris’ 16 carries and in week seven Helu had 11 carries to Morris’ 19. Having said that Morris is still the bell cow in the running game and if the Redskins can stay close or get ahead Morris should be fine. The bad news is the Chargers are the only team that has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

Pierre Garcon: The Washington Post is reporting that Garcon was limited in Wednesdays practice with a calf injury. Garcon has been getting over ten targets a week but has only had one 100 yard receiving game in week 2 against the Packers and the last two games hasn’t even reached 60 yards receiving. Garcon has only scored two touchdowns thus far and has been averaging seven receptions per week. If Griffin has the time to find him he has a lot of upside this week against a Chargers defense that is giving up two passing touchdowns on average a week.

Jordon Reed: Reed has been one of the few bright spots in the Redskins offense since his breakout game in week seven against the Bears when he had nine receptions on nine targets for 134 yards and a receiving touchdown. In week eight he was targeted a team high 14 times and completed eight of them for 90 yards. He’s a solid upside play this week against the Chargers and quite possibly other than Robert Griffin the best Redskin start of the week.

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