Cowboys @ Giants
Tony Romo: Romo has two personalities. The totally-break-everyone’s-heart-turn-over Romo and the multiple touchdown passing Romo. Although both matter we are most interested in the latter. In week one against the Giants Romo threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and limited his turnovers to only one. Romo has thrown multiple touchdowns in six of ten games this season and in week five he passed for 506 yards and five touchdowns. The Giants are ranked 18th in pass defense giving up 238.1 passing yards per game and have surrendered 14 passing touchdowns.
DeMarco Murray: The Giants are ranked 7th in rush defense only giving up 98 yards per game and have only allowed seven rushing touchdowns this season. This defense is surging right now and have limited running backs to a 3.3 yards per carry but Murray is coming off a 16 carry for 89 yards and one touchdown performance against the Saints in week ten and should be ready to roll after the Cowboys week 11 bye. In week one against the Giants Murray ran for 86 yards on twenty carries and although he failed to score he also had eight receptions for another 39 yards which adds up to a pretty good day.
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Dez Bryant: Bryant is coming off a pathetic 108 yard seven reception two game skid but hopefully the return of receiver Miles Austin and a week of rest are the remedies. For some reason the Cowboys brain trust has chosen not to or haven’t been able to get Bryant more involved. He’s the most expensive decoy in the NFL when he gets double covered which is all the time and the Cowboys have chosen to deal with this by going away from him for an entire game if necessary. As frustrating as this can be Bryant has scored in five of ten games and had multiple touchdowns in three of those which makes him an every week without fail must start regardless of how inept head coach Jason Garrett appears to be.
Miles Austin/Terrance Williams: Austin is returning this week from a hamstring injury and is slated to start ahead of Williams. Williams has only seen 12 targets the last two games and Austin’s return will most definitely cut into that number but Williams’ has scored five touchdowns in his last six games and that alone should keep him fantasy relevant. Keep in mind the Giants haven’t allowed a receiving touchdown since week ten against the Bears and it’s possible Austin could re-aggravate his hamstring injury so we’ll have to see how these two receivers will be used going forward.
Jason Witten: Witten has been less than relevant playing away from the comforts of home. Check this out: at Chiefs 3 receptions-12 yards no score, at Chargers 5-43 no score, at Eagles 4-48 no score, at Lions 2-15 no score, and more recently in week ten against the Saints he only managed two receptions for 27 yards and, yup you guessed it, no score. The Giants have only allowed four passing touchdowns at home this year. Unfortunately this could lead to one very mediocre if not worse day for Witten.
Eli Manning- I’ll only say this one time and you can consider it good for the rest of the Giants players: the Cowboys defense is abysmal right now and if I could come up with a word to describe worse than abysmal when they play on the road I would use it. In week one when the Cowboy defense was healthy Manning went off for 450 yards on 27 completions and four passing touchdowns. Last week Manning went 25 of 35 for 279 yards and one touchdown against the Packers and although he hasn’t thrown for multiple touchdowns since week six all that could change against the Cowboys defense.
Andre Brown- In their last two games on the road the Cowboys defense has allowed seven touchdowns to running backs and six rushing touchdowns in the last three games. More importantly the Cowboys best linebacker Sean Lee is out with a hamstring injury and defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware could play but apparently isn’t fully recovered from a thigh injury which kept him out for three weeks. Since coming back from a leg injury Brown was able to rush for 115 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown in week ten and another 18 carries for 66 yards last week against the Packers.
Victor Cruz- Were it not for last week’s performance against the Packers last week Cruz’s numbers would be pedestrian at best. Cruz hasn’t scored a touchdown since week four and has only gone over eighty yards twice in his last six games. The good thing is he’s still averaging about ten targets each week and last week turned eight of them into 110 yards. This week he faces a defense that is ripe for the picking.
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Reuben Randle- If you like a receiver who catches touchdowns then Randle is your guy. Although Randle doesn’t have huge target and reception numbers he has scored a touchdown in five of his last six games and its obvious quarterback Eli Manning has confidence in targeting him in the red zone. Receiver Hakeem Nicks gets targeted more but has done little with those opportunities and hasn’t scored a touchdown all season. My money is on Randle to make it three games in a row with a touchdown reception.
Redskins vs 49ers
RGIII- Griffin’s talent doesn’t come without frustrations. He’s been taking heat from some teammates in the locker room for lack of leadership qualities and were it not for his second half heroics he’d be pretty unpopular with those fantasy football gamers who own him as well. He does have five touchdown passes in his last two games and in week ten he threw for three touchdowns and 281 yards against the Vikings but he has found it difficult to put four quarters of quality play together. Not only is Griffin is facing a good 49er defensive unit who are giving up 215.6 passing yards per game and only one receiving touchdown when on the road but he lost receiver Leonard Hankerson to a torn LCL, may not have tight end Jordan Reed who is negotiating through the concussion protocols and his top receiver Pierre Garcon is playing with a slight ankle sprain.
Alfred Morris: Morris hasn’t scored a touchdown since week nine but he is getting the carries each week to get some decent yardage points. In week nine he rushed for 139 yards on 26 carries and last week he rushed for 93 yards on 22 carries. Touchdowns will be hard to come by this week against a 49er defense allowing only 103.8 yards a game but Morris is playing well and they are playing at home so there is always a chance. The biggest problem Morris has been facing lately is being eliminated from the game when the Redskins fall behind and have to rely on the passing game to catch up. Morris hasn’t had a reception since week two.
Pierre Garcon: Garcon is the most reliable weapon in the Redskins receiver arsenal but he’s playing with a slight ankle sprain sustained week 11 against the Eagles which could affect him this week. Garcon is averaging a healthy 11 targets per game and is on somewhat of a hot streak accumulating 359 receiving yards and one touchdown in his last three games. Unfortunately his week ten touchdown came after a four game dry spell. It would be nice to see RGIII put four quarters of solid play together which would most surely have a positive benefit for Garcon.
Jordan Reed: Reed is dealing with a concussion and as of this writing hasn’t been cleared to resume practicing or playing. The Redskins don’t play till Monday night and unless you also have 49er tight end Vernon Davis on your roster, which would make this conversation moot, you’d be risking a goose egg at your tight end slot if he’s ruled out. Hopefully we’ll hear he was able to practice today (Friday) and is good to go on Monday night because the Redskins will have to rely on him heavily in this game to win.