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The Short and Skinny on the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys

QB: Drew Bledsoe showed promise in the third preseason game going 11 for 18 for 113 yards but he is averaging only 5.3 yards per completion and has been sacked 4 times which is a little more then 10% of his attempts. Beware.

RB: Julius Jones is a stud, we all know that. But he is showing us that what he accomplished in the last 7 games of last season was merely a glimpse at what he is capable of. Touching the rock 28 times this preseason he has averaged 4.2 yards per carry which translates into fantasy happiness for someone in your league.

Anthony Thomas and Marion Barber III were battling it out for the #2 spot but look out as dark horse Tyson Thompson (23 for 116) is averaging 5.0 yards per carry and making a serious bid at consideration.

WR: This aged WR crew is a fantasy nightmare. Injury prone Terry Glenn showed some promise in game three with 5 receptions for 51 yards but Keyshawn Johnson was all but a no show this preseason (2 for 23) and Quincy Morgan (2 for 11 and 1 TD) is being threatened by Patrick Crayton (9 for 156) for the third spot. This WR crew is almost as dangerous as a grandma’s Christmas fruit cake, almost. Steer Clear.

TE: Jason Witten (7 for 75) is going to see a ton of passes and is the best fantasy receiver on the Cowboys. Witten will be the hot option when everyone and their brother blitz the statue Bledsoe.

K: Billy Cundiff is out and Jose Cortez is in. Most teams will blitz the hell out of Bledsoe in passing situations and stack 8 in the box to try to contain Jones. That translates into a lot opportunity for Cortez as the team will move the ball but have problems punching it in.

 

New York Giants

QB: I have hard time believing that Eli Manning will lead this team into greatness in just his second year but I have an even harder time denying that he looks pretty damn good. In just 17 attempts thus far he has completed 9 with no interceptions and 3 TDs. His 135.5 QB rating is hard to overlook as well. Not a great fantasy option but not a bad one either.

RB: The Giants used Tiki Barber sparingly (17 for 63) knowing what he is capable of and offering them a chance to figure out who their #2 is going to be. Tiki will reap huge benefits in the regular season from the addition of OT Kareem McKenzie and Plaxico Burress.

WR: Plaxico Burress (5 for 54 and a TD) is giving the Giants just what they needed, a second large dependable threat to help take the heat off of Amani Toomer (1 for 41 and a TD). Toomer showed us very little during the preseason but don’t freak out, he will get his. You may see some movement in the depth charts as 3rd year David Tyree (7 for 155 and a TD) leads the team in receiving stats and fights for the third receiver spot with Jamaar Taylor (0 preseason receptions) and Tim Carter (6 for 67 and 1 TD).

TE: Jeremy Shockey (5 for 40) will get his fair share of looks but with the addition of Burress he may see a drop in his numbers as Manning now has another option. He is still a decent fantasy TE and will be a threat in the red zone but a repeat of his rookie year is unlikely to say the least.

K: Jay Feely has looked great this preseason hitting 2 from 50+ and 5 from 39 or less. This is a team that will provide him with a ton of opportunities and he could be a solid K for your fantasy roster.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

QB: Donovan McNabb is a fantasy points producing machine. In just the preseason he has completed 34 of his 51 attempts (67%) with 5 TDs and only 2 interceptions. With Terrell Owens back he will have another stellar season, whether they talk to each other or not.

RB: With Correll Buckhalter out, the load rests firmly on the capable shoulders of Brian Westbrook. Though he only averaged 1.9 yards per carry during the preseason, which will not be the case during the regular season, his ability to catch the rock out of the backfield (6 for 88 and a TD) makes him a serious double threat. Expect great fantasy things from Westbrook again this season.

WR: Whether you like him or not there is no denying that Terrell Owens is a fantasy god. In just one preseason game he racked up 5 receptions for 131 yards and including a 64 yard TD on the first play from scrimmage. With T.O. back in the mix it also opens up routes for Greg Lewis (8 for 116 and a TD) and prospective sleeper Reggie Brown (6 for 60 and TD).

TE: L.J. Smith has proven to be a capable receiving threat at TE with 4 receptions for 61 yards and a TD. With so many options at the finger tips of McNabb, Smith will see some action but he won’t be making any drastic improvements on his fantasy value.

K: David Akers is still the man and this offense will give him plenty of point after and field goal opportunities. He will remain a top 3 fantasy kicker.

 

Washington Redskins

QB: Patrick Ramsey is still the man and to be honest I thought he would have gotten yanked by now. The ‘Skins are sticking with him even though he has already thrown 4 interceptions and only 2 TDs. He looked fairly decent in game 3 of the preseason, completing 12 of 19 for 141 with one pick and one TD. He still isn’t a great fantasy option and it wouldn’t surprise me if he is riding pine or holding a clipboard before week 4.

RB: Clinton Portis only touched the rock 9 times this preseason and still managed to bust out a 5.8 yard average. He does have a elbow issue right now but I haven’t heard anything to indicate that it’s serious or will hamper another great season for Portis.

WR: David Patten (8 for 157) and Antonio Brown (7 for 102) have been the favorite receivers thus far with Santana Moss following closely with 5 receptions for 97 yards. Though Patten and Moss have starting spots locked up Brown, the kick-off and punt return specialist, isn’t even listed on their depth chart at WR. That might have to change as James Thrash and Darnerian McCants have been less then impressive.

TE: Chris Cooley (3 for 20 and a TD) is their best receiving threat at TE but that doesn’t make him a great or even good fantasy TE option. He did catch a 4 yard TD in preseason game 3 but I wouldn’t count on anything more then average fantasy numbers from him at best.

K: John Hall seems to be keeping his job for now as he is a perfect 3 for 3 including one from 40+. He could provide you with some decent numbers if Ramsey can lead this offense and all its weapons effectively. Until Ramsey proves that he can do that and we see that Hall has got his accuracy back I would say he is a middle of road kicker for now.

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