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

Philadelphia Eagles (vs Houston Texans)

QB Nick Foles: Last week, Foles looked a lot more like the QB we were expecting to see in 2014. Look for that to continue as the Texans are often beat over the top. If the Eagles can limit the play of J.J. Watt, Foles could be in for a huge game here. ( 269 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 16 yds rush )

QB Mark Sanchez: ( 2 yds pass )

QB Matt Barkley: ( 4 yds pass )

RB LeSean McCoy: After going for over 150 total yards in Week 6, he dropped back down to below the 100-yard mark in Week 8 after the bye week. McCoy is long over due for a touchdown as he should be able to find at least one against a Houston defense that has let lesser talents go off for monster games this season. ( 99 yds rush; 4 catches for 31 yds )

RB Darren Sproles: Sproles has rested for two weeks now as reports indicate he'll give it a go in Week 9. This is a boom-or-bust play as always, but we have to consider soreness and potential for reinjury in the bust category. ( 30 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

RB Chris Polk: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Jeremy Maclin: Maclin was a complete monster last week as he continues to climb the rankings into the stud category. He gets a soft Houston defense this week as he should be able to go over 100 yards with ease. If Fitzpatrick and Foster make this a neck and neck game, Maclin could have back-to-back elite outings. ( 7 catches for 94 yds and 1 TD )

WR Riley Cooper: We've yet to see that really, really big day that we got so used to last season. If that big day were to happen again, chances are it would be here against Houston. Very risky roll of the dice but he's long overdue and the Texans' secondary gets beat over the top easily. ( 5 catches for 52 yds )

WR Jordan Matthews: Matthews could have been the hero last week but instead fell out of bounds on the would be game winner. Regardless, he's become a valuable part of the passing game providing a check-down option for Foles. He's way behind Maclin in the pecking order but a touchdown is not asking too much this week against the Houston secondary. ( 4 catches for 38 yds )

WR Brad Smith: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Josh Huff: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Jeff Maehl: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Zach Ertz: Ertz should see plenty of opportunities over the middle. If J.J. Watt becomes a nightmare though, Brent Celek could be on the field more to help block, further limiting Ertz already sheepish snaps. ( 4 catches for 51 yds )

TE Brent Celek: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

TE James Casey: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Cody Parkey: Parkey makes for a great play in what should be a high scoring affair. The rookie kicker could find himself listed as top ten option next season. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Palmer did a great job not causing turnovers last week but Fitzpatrick won't follow suit. Look for the Eagles to get back to causing turnovers and taking them the distance. ( 3 sacks, 1 Fumble )



New York Giants (vs Indianapolis Colts)

QB Eli Manning: The Indy defense has been playing with extreme intensity but Eli is coming off the bye week. That extra time to game plan and get used to newer options and life without Cruz should make him a solid start with 6 teams on a bye. ( 209 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Ryan Nassib: ( 14 yds pass )

RB Rashad Jennings: Not looking promising for Jennings to suit up in Week 9. It's a shame too, because he could have lit up the Colts' defense.

RB Andre Williams: If Jennings can't play, Williams will again get the bulk of the carries. The matchup is very appealing but the fact that Williams just can't seem to break the long run diminishes a lot of potential value. His lack of burst is offset by his goal line work as he makes for a TD-dependent start yet again. ( 61 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Peyton Hillis: ( 30 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Michael Cox: ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Rueben Randle: Eli will be throwing a lot to keep up with Luck. All of the Giants' receiving options make for solid plays starting with Randle who makes for an above average option. ( 6 catches for 67 yds )

WR Odell Beckham: Beckham could already be Eli's favorite non-tight end receiver in the red zone. Beckham has three touchdowns in three games, is coming off the bye, and is matched up against the Colts. This is sure to be a high scoring game with Beckham figuring to be a big piece of the picture. ( 4 catches for 48 yds )

WR Preston Parker: Coming off the bye, if Parker was able to pick up the slot role over the last two weeks, then he could be in for as much work as he can handle. The Colts offer a great chance for him to demonstrate to us exactly where he is in the Giants' game plan. ( 3 catches for 29 yds )

WR Corey Washington: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Larry Donnell: Donnell had his most receiving yards right before the bye and comes in fresh against Indy. Look for Eli to reacquaint himself with his TE. ( 5 catches for 49 yds and 1 TD )

TE Daniel Fells: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Adrien Robinson: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

PK Josh Brown: The points should be here as they're playing the Colts but will the snow also make an appearance? ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def New York Giants: Aside from Andrew Luck's usual gamblers' pick, the Giants' don't figure to make a lot of noise on defense against Indy. Former Giants runner Ahmad Bradshaw will likely go off as well given the added motivation. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Dallas Cowboys (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Tony Romo: The matchup is favorable but the sideshow that was the Redskins game suddenly casts doubt. Will Romo be able to play effectively with a new back injury? Did Washington blue print how to handle the Cowboys' offense? We haven't had this many questions surrounding Romo since Week 1. ( 210 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Brandon Weeden: ( 32 yds pass )

RB DeMarco Murray: Murray could go for 100 yards in all 16 games this season. His fumbling issues aside, there is no downside to starting Murray at any point, continuing here against Arizona. ( 103 yds rush and 1 TD; 3 catches for 30 yds )

RB Joseph Randle: ( 15 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

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

WR Dez Bryant: Bryant salvaged his day last week by dragging a defender five yards into the endzone for a touchdown. Aside from that, the Cowboys went with the run and then lost Romo for a while. Romo's injury obviously would effect Bryant but even Brandon Weeden would find a way to get the ball to Bryant. If Patrick Peterson can't play here, Bryant could finish as the top WR this week, with or without Romo. ( 7 catches for 87 yds and 1 TD )

WR Terrance Williams: Monitor Romo's injury here, but as long as Tony can play, Williams has a chance to find the end zone as he's already scored 6 TDs in 8 games. ( 4 catches for 64 yds and 1 TD )

WR Cole Beasley: ( 3 catches for 29 yds )

WR Devin Street: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Dwayne Harris: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 14 yds )

TE Jason Witten: No quitting on Witten. If Romo's newest back injury creates an inability to throw the deep ball then Witten could be in for his biggest game of the season. ( 5 catches for 59 yds )

TE Gavin Escobar: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

TE James Hanna: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Dan Bailey: Bailey's points have gone down each week for the last three weeks but the offense is too explosive to turn to another option just yet. If Arizona can play good defense or Romo's back becomes a problem, Bailey could be back for double digit points. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Dallas Cowboys: Palmer protected the ball well against Philly last week and Cowboys didn't do what they really should have against McCoy and Washington. Very low end option. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Washington Redskins (vs Minnesota Vikings)

QB Robert Griffin III: RGIII is reportedly 'Really, really, really, close' to playing this week. Minnesota is a good team for him to knock the rust off with but there are a lot of questions we need answered. If you're other options are on byes and you need to roll the dice though, there is the chance that Griffin jumps back into form right out of the shoot. ( 196 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 23 yds rush )

QB Colt McCoy: ( 38 yds pass; 5 yds rush )

QB Kirk Cousins: ( 28 yds pass )

RB Alfred Morris: Pierre Garcon and some penalties set up Morris for a few easy carries in close to the goal line. Those two touchdowns saved what could have been another disappointing day. Morris did look to run with more explosiveness in the second half of the Cowboys game and hopefully that will carry over against Minnesota. Griffin returning the lineup could set things straight for Morris. ( 89 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Roy Helu: Helu continues to play well but continues to see too little to be trusted. ( 24 yds rush; 3 catches for 36 yds )

RB Silas Redd: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

RB Darrel Young: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Pierre Garcon: Garcon could see a huge value bump if Griffin can play in Week 9. Garcon is RGIII's go to man and is PPR gold with Griffin under center. Look for Garcon to get back to expectations this week. ( 1 yd rush; 7 catches for 74 yds )

WR DeSean Jackson: D-Jax is looking like an offseason steal to this point but it's all been done with Cousins and McCoy. Before his injury, RGIII really hadn't established any chemistry with the downfield threat. Impossible to sit given his production, but it'll be something we must monitor if Griffin does play. ( 5 catches for 84 yds )

WR Andre Roberts: Even with McCoy targeting him 6 times against Dallas, Roberts caught 1 for 11 yards. With Griffin set to return, expect the targets to take a dip. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 31 yds )

WR Ryan Grant: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Santana Moss: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Jordan Reed: Reed showed off his skill set last week, extending drives with elite playmaking ability. With RGIII playing with some cobwebs, he could be more apt to hit Reed and Garcon on short passes than Jackson on deep posts. ( 5 catches for 50 yds )

TE Niles Paul: With Reed back, Paul gets pushed back to mop-up duty. ( 2 catches for 27 yds )

TE Logan Paulsen: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

PK Kai Forbath: Forbath continues to chug along as decent play who gets to play indoors this week. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Washington Redskins: Last week against Romo, the blitz couldn't be stopped. They also did a great job of limiting both Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant who they went one on one a lot of the time with great results. If Washington can get at the Cowboys like that, what can they do against rookie QB Bridgewater? ( 2 sacks, 1 Fumble )



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