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NFC East Fantasy Breakdown






Dallas

Cowboys

QB: Tony Romo

Romo is in for a big season. He has a ton of weapons. He finally has a legitimate No. 1 wideout for the first time since Terrell Owens’ first year in

Dallas
. He has a running game that can keep teams off balance. He still has Jason Witten as his security blanket in the middle of the field. He’s going later than he should be in my opinion. Target him in the third round.

RB: Marion Barber, Felix Jones

Jones is being billed as the starter but all reports from Cowboys camp are that Jones looks bigger and slower than last year and Barber looks slimmer and more explosive. Jones may end up with more big plays, but it’ll be Barber getting 10 touchdowns. I love Barber this year, especially for where he’s going in drafts.

WR: Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Roy Williams



Austin

blew up last year, and that was without Kim Kardashian cheering him on. He will continue that this year. Teams can’t double-team him because

Witten
, Bryant, and I suppose even Roy Williams can hurt them elsewhere. All of these receivers are useful. Austin should be a second-round pick, while Bryant is perhaps going in the 10th in some drafts I’ve seen, a bit early for my tastes. Williams should be considered a flyer.

TE: Jason Witten



Witten

is a consistent top 5 tight end. He will be targeted often and will rack up yards. Draft him with confidence.



New York

Giants

QB: Eli Manning

Manning had a huge year, his best statistical performance yet. But here is your grain of salt – the

New York
defense fell apart, meaning the Giants were always behind, the running game was pitiful and they were killed by injuries. I think he’s serviceable in fantasy, but only as a backup.

RB: Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw

Jacobs and Bradshaw are a backfield controversy. Jacobs is bigger and stronger, while Bradshaw is more explosive. Bradshaw has been better in camp so far, while Jacobs has eased into things. I feel like Jacobs is the back you want, but I am, by no means, confident in that belief.

WR: Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham

Smith broke out last year. So did Nicks. Come to think of it, so did Manningham. I suppose the lesson here is that when your quarterback blows up and throws for more than 4,000 yards, your receiving corps is probably going to look pretty good, too. I think Smith is a huge asset in points-per-reception leagues, Nicks should continue forward, and Manningham is adequate. But beware the Giants reverting back to their running ways.

TE: Kevin Boss

Boss is fine, and has some red zone appeal, but you should be able to find better players elsewhere.



Philadelphia

Eagles

QB: Kevin Kolb

As an Eagles fan, I would love to tell you to take Kolb and never look back. But there’s too much at work here. He’s still young – he turns 26 this month. He’s still inexperienced – his NFL chops are limited to last year’s
New Orleans and

Kansas City
games, where he played moderately well, but it was the Saints and Chiefs defenses. He’s very accurate, but there’s a lot of risk taking him. He has the ability to be a Top 10 guy, or could wind up being a huge disappointment. I’ll hold off on him as my QB1.

RB: LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell

McCoy is going too high. Maybe you think I sound like a typical Eagles fan, downplaying the Birds. But I’m not. He’s a good runningback, but he is not Brian Westbrook. He doesn’t have his ability out of the backfield, not yet anyway, and this a passing team. In addition,

Bell
may steal some touchdowns at the goal line.

WR: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin



Jackson

had a fantastic statistical year. But in fantasy, especially at the wide receiver position, you don’t want to base a player’s value off of big plays, and no one had more last season than

Jackson
. Currently, he’s going in the top 10 receivers in drafts, in the third round. I think that’s too high and would rather have a Marques Colston or Greg Jennings if they’re available. Maclin is interesting later in the draft, but I haven’t seen enough to make me reach for him before the eighth or ninth round.

TE: Brent Celek

Celek is a stud. He is Kolb’s best friend on the team. He’s a reliable pass catcher, and he is a load to bring down. If he’s there in the sixth round, grab him quick. (See, I don’t hate every Eagle.)



Washington

Redskins

QB: Donovan McNabb

Ugh. You know how this pains me. But McNabb will actually be OK in

Washington
. He doesn’t have the weapons he had in

Philadelphia
last year, but they’re better than Torrance Small and Todd Pinkston. In addition, a sketchy ground game might open up the playbook for McNabb.

RB:

Clinton
Portis, Larry Johnson

This is the offense that made Portis a household name. It’s a zone blocking, one-cut and go running style, which is good for both Portis and Johnson. However, I don’t know how much either has left. If they’re available and you need depth, take them. If you’re counting on them in your starting lineup, you should feel dirty. Go take a shower.

WR: Santana Moss

The only receiver worth having is Moss. He’ll put up good numbers with McNabb, who usually ends up finding a favorite and targeting them often. Look for Moss to be that guy.

TE: Chris Cooley

Cooley is going to have a good year. McNabb loves his tight ends, especially around the goal line. Cooley is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the business. He has top 5 potential.

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