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

Philadelphia Eagles (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Nick Foles: Arizona's defense is not as good as some of the numbers would suggest. Coming off the bye week, everyone on the Eagles will be rested and ready to take on an injury depleted Cardinals defense. ( 276 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 14 yds rush )

QB Mark Sanchez: ( 3 yds pass )

QB Matt Barkley: ( 5 yds pass )

RB LeSean McCoy: Hopefully the Eagles took a look at McCoy's 150 yard day against the Giants and went into the bye week with the mindset of getting back to that. Arizona's defense is not the dynamic squad that their record or some stats would suggest but they have been good against the run. Even so, McCoy will get back to being Shady here in week 8. ( 81 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

RB Darren Sproles: Still unclear if Sproles will be able to go this week, even coming off the bye. He's an emergency use if you're completely destroyed at the position and he can play, given that it only takes him one big play to make him a good payoff. ( 23 yds rush; 2 catches for 22 yds )

RB Chris Polk: ( 3 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Jeremy Maclin: Maclin is coming off a weeks rest but will line up against Patrick Peterson. Those are kind of canceling factors but being the focal point of the passing game makes him an unquestioned starter and the Cardinals have lapsed in coverage more than once this season. Expect a nice fantasy day from Maclin who has been playing like a top receiver. ( 6 catches for 88 yds and 1 TD )

WR Riley Cooper: If Patrick Peterson blankets Jeremy Maclin then Cooper could see more work. The secondary talent outweighs Cooper's but broken coverage just once, could mean a big day for the speedster. ( 5 catches for 52 yds )

WR Jordan Matthews: If the Arizona corners really lock down the outside, Matthews could see more than his usual 4 for 40 over the middle. ( 4 catches for 39 yds )

WR Josh Huff: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Jeff Maehl: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Zach Ertz: Ertz should see a lot of work even though he'll see limited snaps. He should be a beast over the middle where pro bowl players once stood for the Cardinals. ( 4 catches for 61 yds and 1 TD )

TE Brent Celek: ( 3 catches for 29 yds )

TE James Casey: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Cody Parkey: The Eagles have the offensive system and talent to go off against anyone at anytime. With how much yardage the Cardinals give up through the air, Parkey should see the Eagles on the Cardinals side of the field more often than not. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Philadelphia Eagles: The turnovers, the returns, and the special teams make the Eagles a weekly must start. ( 1 TD, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Dallas Cowboys (vs Washington Redskins)

QB Tony Romo: You've got to absolutely be loving Romo here as last week he tossed 3 touchdowns against a divisional opponent. Romo has been one of the better late round steals at quarterback. ( 274 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Brandon Weeden: ( 23 yds pass )

RB DeMarco Murray: Murray is set to bring home the rushing title as Washington will do their best to help him reach that goal. Until Murray shows signs of slowing down, we can pencil him in for 100 yards and a touchdown. ( 100 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 26 yds )

RB Joseph Randle: The Cowboys hinted at scaling back Murray's workload but have failed to do so. Until that does happen, there simply aren't enough touches for the other backs. ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

RB Lance Dunbar: ( 9 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Dez Bryant: An elite wide receiver facing a injury depleted secondary in a divisional matchup. Bryant is an A+++ option here. If McCoy and the Redskins can make this anything close to a competitive game, Bryant could go off bigger than last week. ( 7 catches for 82 yds and 1 TD )

WR Terrance Williams: Williams hasn't seen a ton of volume but he's done a lot with a little. Playing against Washington, Williams makes for a great starting option. His real life value should have big time fantasy value sooner rather than later. ( 4 catches for 55 yds and 1 TD )

WR Cole Beasley: ( 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Devin Street: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Dwayne Harris: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 15 yds )

TE Jason Witten: Witten is due for a touchdown to catch up to his career yearly average. Washington makes for a great opportunity for him to get that TD. The days of big yardage seem like a distant memory though, as Witten has been blocker for Murray more than anything. ( 6 catches for 67 yds )

TE Gavin Escobar: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE James Hanna: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Dan Bailey: Impossible to consider dropping Bailey for any other kicker. He's too solid and the Cowboys' offense is on a tear. Keep it simple. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys make for a sneaky start this week as they could abuse Colt McCoy if he gets the start. The Cowboys will need to generate pressure up front to keep him from finding his talented receivers but if they can, they would have a field day against the Redskins. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Washington Redskins (vs Dallas Cowboys)

QB Robert Griffin III: Should RGIII be able to even suit up, we'd be wise to give it some time to knock the rust off. In a best case scenario, where he can play, he'll still face stiff competition against the Cowboys.

QB Colt McCoy: McCoy figures to be the starter with Griffin getting at least one more week of rest. The Dallas defense plays with a very high intensity though, as McCoy will have his work cut out for him if he does start. ( 187 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 12 yds rush )

QB Kirk Cousins: ( 76 yds pass )

RB Alfred Morris: Morris got dinged up a bit last week but there doesn't appear to be any indication that he'll be limited. Dallas has been playing tough football and the Redskins will have to brave Jerry-World, which should offer a big time home field advantage for at least this game. Morris is too talented to bench but we really need a goal line score to account for the start. ( 76 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Roy Helu: Helu's numbers should have been higher last week everything considered. 3 catches for -9 yards is a pretty awful stat line. If Dallas can plug the line up though, Helu could be in for several catches underneath, especially if McCoy starts. ( 20 yds rush; 3 catches for 32 yds )

RB Silas Redd: ( 5 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

RB Darrel Young: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Pierre Garcon: Garcon's value will actually go up with McCoy at quarterback. McCoy will force feed ball after ball to Garcon as he could return to PPR stud status, if only for a week. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 64 yds )

WR DeSean Jackson: DeSean Jackson is a mismatch player against any secondary as evidenced against the Seahawks. This start just comes down to how efficient you think he can be with a third string quarterback? ( 4 catches for 67 yds and 1 TD )

WR Andre Roberts: ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 30 yds )

WR Ryan Grant: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Aldrick Robinson: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Santana Moss: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

TE Jordan Reed: Garcon and Reed would benefit the most from Colt McCoy playing in this one. Regardless, Reed is 'healthy' and if you've held onto him this long you might as well roll him out. ( 6 catches for 64 yds )

TE Niles Paul: ( 2 catches for 29 yds )

TE Logan Paulsen: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

PK Kai Forbath: Too many questions at quarterback to trust the offense to be effective enough against the hottest team in the NFL right now. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Washington Redskins: Murray. Romo. Bryant. 1.2.3. Redskins are out. Especially with the latest and greatest season ending injury news on defense. ( 2 sacks )



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