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Fantasy Watch: NFC East

Thursday, August 07, 2014

All-Fantasy First Team


QB: Robert Griffin III, Redskins

RB1: LeSean McCoy, Eagles

RB2: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

WR1: Dez Bryant, Cowboys

WR2: Pierre Garcon, Redskins

WR3: Victor Cruz, Giants

TE: Jordan Reed, Redskins

D/ST: Giants

K: Dan Bailey, Cowboys



Other divisions: NFC North, AFC North, AFC East, AFC South, NFC South, NFC West, AFC West






1. Nick Foles – Defenses have had a year to catch up to the Chip Kelly offense and Foles, meaning a regression is coming. Losing DeSean Jackson’s ability to draw double teams will hurt.


2. Rashad Jennings – A 29-year old back who will lose goal-line work to a better pure runner in Andre Williams? No thanks.


3. Odell Beckham – Injured throughout OTAs and camp, but was going to be behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle anyway.


4. Riley Cooper – Ideally a role-playing blocker and jump-ball specialist. Perfect storm hit last year and Cooper still didn’t truly erupt.


5. DeSean Jackson – Produced a career-outlier season with Chip Kelly. Don’t expect that again with Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed in the mix.






1. Tony Romo – A pass-happy playcaller in Scott Linehan, a MVP-caliber wideout in Dez Bryant and a defense that will put the Cowboys behind often. Giddy up.


2. Rueben Randle – Will be the Giants’ primary red-zone target. Simplified offense will mean fewer bone-headed mistakes.


3. Terrance Williams – While teams play cloud coverage on Dez Bryant and use safeties on Jason Witten, Williams will be running free.


4. Zach Ertz – Thanks to improved ability as a blocker, Ertz will be on the field far more this year. Major Year 2 breakout candidate.


5. DeMarco Murray – Actually tied with LeSean McCoy for fantasy points per touch last season. Fits the Linehan scheme like a glove.




Late-round fliers


1. Lance Dunbar – Sneaky bet for 6-8 touches per week as the change-of-pace behind DeMarco Murray. Dunbar has some juice in space.


2. Jordan Matthews – Starting off as a slot receiver, but wouldn’t be a shock if Matthews stole snaps from Riley Cooper outside at some point.


3. Andre Williams – Turn on the tape from the Hall of Fame game and you’ll see a rookie with burst. Already locked into goal-line gig.


4. Roy HeluJay Gruden’s scheme doesn’t fit two-down back Alfred Morris very well. Helu has always been long on three-down talent.


5. Chris Polk – If LeSean McCoy were to get hurt, Darren Sproles’ role would not expand. Polk would step in as the inside feature back.

Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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