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As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the NFC East.
Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, New York Giants
Dex Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Josh Brown, K, New York Giants
Kirk Cousins , QB, Washington Redskins
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Dustin Hopkins, K, Washington Redskins
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Cody Parkey, K, Philadelphia Eagles
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys Defense
New York Giants Defense
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
Washington Redskins Defense
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Rueben Randle, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Will Tye, TE, New York Giants
Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
Chris Givens, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
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About the only stable running back scene in the NFC East belongs to the Philadelphia Eagles. LeSean McCoy ran for 1080 yards and seven touchdowns. He added to his totals with a ridiculous 78 catches for 592 yards and two more scores. Sure, he’ll lose some touchdowns to Michael Vick, but he doesn’t have much competition from other running backs. McCoy is a solid RB1.
Felix Jones is the lead back in Dallas, but the Cowboys fully expect to share the workload. Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray will be in the mix, but they probably won’t do enough for fantasy teams barring injury. Jones is best suited as an RB3 at this point. Marion Barber III is unlikely to return gone.
Ahmad Bradshaw is in limbo until the lockout is settled. If he become a restricted free agent he will likely remain with the Giants. If he is unrestricted he’ll go to the highest bidder. I like his prospects better if he stays with the G-Men, but I wouldn’t shy away from him if he bolts. Bradshaw is a solid RB2 regardless. Brandon Jacobs is also in limbo. The Giants could ask him to take a paycut. Whether or not he’ll be willing to do so will determine his fantasy worth. Like Bradshaw I like Jacobs better if he returns to the Giants. He’s a solid RB3 that would get a boost in value if Bradshaw leaves.
Then there’s Washington. Ryan Torain had some moments last year, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. He’s a big risk that should probably be no better than a RB4. Torain will have to share the load with rookie Roy Helu, who has a good chance of becoming the most productive of his class this year. Clinton Portis is unlikely to return.
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The NFC East has three established quarterbacks and one messy situation.
Michael Vick is the number one fantasy quarterback in the division. He’s a bit of a risk in part because of injuries and in part because he’s never had a season like last year. He has the tools to succeed and the weapons around him to flourish, but we won’t know if he still has the drive to be a better quarterback. He’s easily a top tier QB1, but he has more risk than the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning. Kevin Kolb is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He could find himself traded, possibly to Arizona. He makes a decent QB2 if he’s a starter.
Tony Romo put up big numbers when he is healthy. Dez Bryant is immature, but he gives Romo another quality weapon. He’s averaged 2699.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game over the past four years (51 games). His lack of playoff success keeps him from the Brady, Peyton, and Brees discussions, but he is possibly the best value among fantasy quarterbacks because of it.
Eli Manning reached 4000 yards for the second straight season. Not bad for a team that historically likes to run the football. His career high of 31 touchdowns gives him an average of 29 over the past two years and 25 over the past six. He really formed a nice rapport with Hakeem Nicks and remains a solid QB1 if you want to address other needs or a high-end QB2.
Then there is Washington. Donovan McNabb is as good as gone, which marks the second straight season he’s been sent packing. I don’t know if he’s a starting caliber quarterback anymore. Even if he finds a new gig, his fantasy days are most likely behind him. Rex Grossman could be brought back, but it appears John Beck could get a chance to show what he can do. This is a situation to avoid. Not only are the QB options mediocre at best, but they are running thin in the playmaker department.
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, Donovan McNabb
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, Kevin Kolb
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, New York Giants
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, Washington Redskins