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NFC East Player Analysis
Patrick White, FantasySharks.com, Staff Writer

Philadelphia Eagles (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)

QB Nick Foles: Foles has the opportunity to completely embarrass the Jaguars to open the season and start a new touchdown to interception record. He's a top five start in week one. ( 257 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 18 yds rush )

QB Mark Sanchez: ( 15 yds pass )

RB LeSean McCoy: ( 81 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 30 yds )

RB Darren Sproles: It's difficult to predict production from a player in a new system where the running back ahead of him does the same job, only better. We'll keep things cooled until we see how the offensive mastermind in Kelly uses the veteran pass catcher. ( 13 yds rush; 3 catches for 31 yds )

RB Chris Polk: ( 8 yds rush )

WR Jeremy Maclin: Start him while you got him. As Sam Bradford showed, an injury prone player with such an significant injury may not be around very long. He's a great start against a porous pass defense. ( 5 catches for 72 yds and 1 TD )

WR Riley Cooper: If the long ball homerun doesn't come in the first half of the game it likely won't at all. Once the Eagles get up it'll be ball control passes and running out the clock. Not exactly Cooper's style. But whose to say they don't connect deep in the first quarter? ( 3 catches for 51 yds and 1 TD )

WR Jordan Matthews: The lapses in concentration and drops cooled down the Matthews hype quickly. He can regain some steam here against an inferior opponent. ( 3 catches for 38 yds )

TE Zach Ertz: ( 4 catches for 43 yds and 1 TD )

TE Brent Celek: If Celek steals a touchdown here, Ertz's stock will take a major early season hit. Celek needs to stay on the line and help protect Foles in order for any of Eagles' tight ends to have consistent value. ( 2 catches for 29 yds and 1 TD )

PK Cody Parkey: ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Philadelphia Eagles: This may be one of the only times this season where the Eagles could be a top 7 defense. If they can slow down Gerhart and pressure Henne then could provide major stats. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



New York Giants (vs Detroit Lions)

QB Eli Manning: The only thing playing in Manning's favor is the defensive matchup. Eli should have gone undrafted in most 12 team 1 QB leagues. His preseason has been terrible and there are way too many questions to trust him in week one. If you're going with Eli this week, your draft went terribly wrong. ( 216 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 1 yd rush )

QB Ryan Nassib: ( 4 yds pass )

RB Rashad Jennings: Jennings is an interesting start this week as the Giants look to reestablish the run and Detroit should allow them to do so. The only issue is if Stafford and Calvin get the Lions up BIG early then Jennings would be relegated to blocking duty. ( 45 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB Andre Williams: Williams should fill in as the new Brandon Jacobs. Meaning you're waiting for an injury for a bigger impact or keeping your fingers crossed for a touchdown. ( 37 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB Peyton Hillis: ( 18 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Victor Cruz: Cruz could see close to ten targets in week one as the Giants are sure to fall behind early. The question is how many of those targets are even possible to be caught? Eli will be looking for his security blanket a ton in 2014. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 87 yds )

WR Rueben Randle: If Eli gets jittery in the pocket, and versus the Lions' front he probably will, he'll be looking to get the ball out early and over the middle. That plays right into Randle's favor. ( 4 catches for 52 yds )

WR Jerrel Jernigan: ( 3 catches for 35 yds )

WR Odell Beckham: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Larry Donnell: Come one. Seriously? There are 25 players you should be looking at before you even read up on a Giants' tight end. Poor shame... ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

TE Adrien Robinson: ( 2 catches for 21 yds )

PK Josh Brown: He won the preseason kicker battle but how many scoring opportunities can Eli muster? Judging solely on his preseason fumbles, not many. ( 2 XPs, 3 FGs )

Def New York Giants: JPP may be able to get at Stafford but that is pretty much where the bus stops. The Giants' secondary is arguably the worst in football and Stafford will have a field day until he starts to hand the ball off to run out the clock. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Dallas Cowboys (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Tony Romo: After an offseason full of question marks and doubt, Romo is set to start in week one. His back surgery seems to be coming along well after taking hits in week three of the preseason and not suffering a set back. His touchdown pass on the sideline to Dez Bryant in his first preseason game eased a lot of worry as well. With Williams, Bryant, and Witten, Romo should pick up right where he left off. San Fran isn't in the defensive shape they were last season making Romo a low end QB1 start in week one. ( 243 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Brandon Weeden: ( 43 yds pass; 3 yds rush )

RB DeMarco Murray: With Navarro Bowman out for the first six week and Aldon Smith suspended, the San Fran defense is not as prolific as they were last season. Romo is back from surgery but the offense will likely lean on Murray more in the beginning of the year to keep Romo from getting reinjured. Murray could see a ton of touches in week one. ( 66 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 22 yds )

RB Lance Dunbar: With the exception of a lightning strike touchdown, Dunbar isn't worth looking to for fantasy help until Murray misses time. Stash him away until you need bench space. ( 16 yds rush; 2 catches for 14 yds )

RB Joseph Randle: ( 11 yds rush )

WR Dez Bryant: The 49ers secondary is no joke but Dez is second to only Calvin Johnson in dominance. He'll get his week in and week out, starting on opening day. If Dallas falls behind early, Bryant could finish the week as the number 1 WR. ( 6 catches for 79 yds and 1 TD )

WR Terrance Williams: Williams gets the nod at WR2 for the Cowboys to open the year. He finished the season strong opposite of Bryant but defenses are ready for him now. If he can exploit the additional attention that Dez draws, he'll be in for a monster year. ( 4 catches for 53 yds )

WR Cole Beasley: ( 3 catches for 27 yds )

WR Devin Street: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Dwayne Harris: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Jason Witten: Witten should probably see a bump in production with Romo being eager to get the ball out quickly to start the season. Until Romo is fully confident in his recovery, he'll be looking to Witten on fast, effective plays to move the ball. ( 5 catches for 52 yds )

TE Gavin Escobar: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE James Hanna: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Dan Bailey: If the 49ers defense can provide friction without some of their marque players, than Bailey will be kicking often. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Dallas Cowboys: Awful. God Awful. Kaepernick and crew won't be turning the ball over to this rag tag group of defenders. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Washington Redskins (vs Houston Texans)

QB Robert Griffin III: Tough call on Griffin as he's looked terrible in the preseason. Houston's defense is healthy and Clowney and Watt are coming full boar. Griffin could be in for a harder matchup than most are expecting. Temper expectations to limit disappointment. ( 204 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 42 yds rush )

QB Kirk Cousins: Cousins needs to be in the back off all RGIII owners' minds. He outperformed Griffin in the preseason and is just a sloppy slide away from being a potential top ten producer. ( 26 yds pass )

RB Alfred Morris: He'll see as many carries as he can handle but the Houston front will be on him like stink on, well, you know what. What will be more telling is if the new offensive coordinator leaves Morris in on passing downs or pulls him for Helu. ( 79 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 5 yds )

RB Roy Helu: Week one is obviously too early to rely on a back up runner. The most important thing to look for here is if he's used often on passing plays and how often he replaces Morris. ( 22 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Silas Redd: ( 3 yds rush )

WR Pierre Garcon: As long as the formula of feed Garcon the ball doesn't change under the new offensive coordinator, Garcon should see the majority of RGIII's passes. He should exploit the Houston defense that is far weaker in the secondary then they are up front. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 70 yds )

WR DeSean Jackson: Tough call. As it will be every week. You're banking a long shot deep ball touchdown every time you start him. Griffin will likely not have the luxury to allow the deep play to develop with Watt and Clowney closing in quickly. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 62 yds )

WR Andre Roberts: ( 2 catches for 27 yds )

WR Santana Moss: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 21 yds )

WR Aldrick Robinson: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

TE Jordan Reed: Outside of Garcon, Reed makes for the safest receiving start. With all the questions surrounding RG3 and the pressure he'll be facing up front, he's going to want to get the ball out quick. Reed will feed off of that formula. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 58 yds and 2 TDs )

TE Logan Paulsen: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

PK Kai Forbath: He's a kicker. Roll the dice. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Washington Redskins: Nope. Not even against Fitzpatrick in a new offense. Nope. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster are fresh and will tear up the Redskins' defense. Nope. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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