NFC East Week 5 Preview: Fantasy Relevant Players

NFC East Week 5 Preview: Fantasy Relevant Players
By Scott Lynge

Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos

Tony Romo- Romo’s been unspectacularly efficient this year passing for eight touchdowns while only throwing one interception but has yet to pass for 300 yards this year. Bronco cornerback Champ Bailey missed week four with a foot injury and could miss week five as well which could be part of the reason the Broncos secondary have been giving up plenty of passing yards thus far. The Broncos are playing lights out right now and whether the Cowboys can keep up is yet to be seen but we do know they will be trying too. Romo will be taking to the air to keep pace and that means fantasy points.

Demarco Murray- This is a tough call because the Cowboys could fall behind so quickly they may go into catch up mode by the end of the first quarter limiting Murray’s rushing attempts. The good news with that scenario is he may see an increase in receptions and Bronco linebacker Danny Trevathan was injured in practice this week. He’s only broken the century mark once this season and I doubt he does it against the Broncos but it would be hard to sit him and I don’t recommend you do anyway. Murray may not kill it rushing but his yardage total should be good for RB2 numbers. (50-60 yards rushing one touchdown)

Dez Bryant- As if you needed any more reason to be happy you drafted Bryant not only did Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones criticize how Bryant is being underutilized but owner Jerry Jones reiterated this later in the week also. Bryant had six receptions for 81 yards on nine targets and scored two touchdowns but only had three receptions for 28 yards in the second half and only one reception in the last 12 minutes of the Cowboys loss to the Chargers. I have a feeling things are going to change this week.

Terrance Williams- Last week Williams stepped up during receiver Miles Austin’s absence with a hamstring injury and finished with a respectable seven receptions on eight targets for 71 yards. Head coach Jason Garrett has apparently forgiven his young receiver for a late game fumble and was satisfied with his performance. With Austin’s continued absence look for flex type numbers (4-5 rec. 55 yards) from Williams this week against the Broncos.

Jason Witten- It appears by examining Witten’s numbers that we could be witnessing a serious decline in his influence on the Cowboys offense. Other than his two touchdown performance in week one he has yet to score another touchdown in three weeks, furthermore, although he was targeted ten times last week his receptions and receiving yardage are also in decline. Last week he finished with five receptions for 43 yards and no touchdown. You most likely can’t afford to sit him because he still has the talent to go off any week.

New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick- After two back to back sub 250 passing yard games Vick is facing a struggling Giants defense who have allowed three receiving touchdowns the last two weeks. Vick has only surpassed the 300 passing yard mark once this season and hasn’t reached 250 yards passing in three of four weeks. Vick should finish with a decent stat line however against the Giants in what should be a high scoring affair and will pass for a couple touchdowns and it’s entirely possible he gets a rushing touchdown also.

LeSean McCoy- There’s no way you’re doing anything with McCoy other than starting him every single week. In the last three meetings with the Giants McCoy has been held out of the end zone but he’s leading the NFL in rushing yards with a 117 yard average per game so McCoy is a must start against the Giants this week. This is an obvious no-brainer, you don’t need me to tell you that….right?

DeSean Jackson- Last week Jackson had two, yes two, receptions for 34 targets and only six targets which is a far cry from the 15 targets he received week two against the Chargers. He’s coming off a couple less than stellar games against some good teams but should get back in your good fantasy graces this week against the Giants. It’s a bonus to hear that Michael Vick was lobbying to move Jackson around in the offense more, so it looks like he’ll see a significant increase from the six targets he got last week and should finish with about six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown reception.

New York Giants

Eli Manning- It doesn’t get any better than the Eagles defense for resurrection and Manning is just the guy that could use it. The Eagles are giving up the fourth most points per game to quarterbacks and the secondary has allowed nine passing touchdowns against them to date and with the Giants running game all but impotent, Manning will be taking to the air early and often if the ground game remains status quo. Manning leads the league in turnovers with 11, not all of which are his doing, his offensive line could be among the worst in the league and he rarely has had time to get rid of the ball. Manning does have a successful history against the Eagles so he does have that going for him. If you haven’t totally thrown in the towel on Manning consider starting him this week, I think you’ll be happy you did.

David Wilson- I didn’t want to include Wilson in this article until he proves he deserves to be here, but with running back DaRel Scott’s release this week and the Giants playing the pathetic Eagles I had a change of heart with him. It’s risky at this point, but he does have a chance to redeem his value this week and I would use him.

Victor Cruz- Cruz is the only reliable weapon that the Giants have and quarterback Eli Manning has confidence in him and relies on him tremendously. Last week Cruz had ten receptions on ten targets for 164 yards and one touchdown and has gone over 100 yards in three out of four weeks. The Eagles are giving up 227 receiving yards per game and also nine receiving touchdowns so far this season. It won’t get any better than this for Cruz. He’s going to have a big game, get him in your lineup.

Hakeem Nicks- After only having three receptions on nine targets for 33 yards last week Nicks is most likely on your last nerve and what makes it so unpalatable is that it came on the heels of a one target no receptions outing in week three. Nicks was complaining about his usage, or lack thereof, after week three and saw an increase in targets in week four, but only managed to convert three into receptions. He’ll have to do better than that if he wants quarterback Eli Manning’s attention and his number one receiver tag back. With the Giants in desperation mode and needing a win this is as good a week as any to start.


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