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Fantasy Football: Game of the Week Preview
After losing the first six games, Tom Coughlin’s crew has reeled off four-straight wins and are now two games back from first in the NFC East.
The Cowboys continue their 8-8 destiny (133-133 since 1997), but remain .5 game out of first. Winning the wide-open division could be the only shot for either team to make the post-season. Dallas is coming off a much-needed bye week after losing big to the Saints and has already beaten the Giants in the opening game.
The last time Dallas swept New York in the regular season was 2007, when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.
Players to start:
In their careers, Romo has thrown 29 touchdown passes in 15 games against the Giants and Manning has thrown for 36 TDs in 18 games against Dallas. This season, Romo is ninth in quarterback fantasy stats while Manning is 21st. However, with the Cowboys allowing 313 passing yards per game (most in the league), Manning is a must-start. Remember, he had his best game of the season in Dallas on Week 1 (four TDs, 450 yards).
This is the final week fantasy owners will have to worry about byes and there are some big-name running backs on the list: LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Gio Bernard, and both Buffalo headaches. That puts a premium on starting RBs.
In their first meeting of the year, Brown was out with a leg injury, but Murray ran for 86 yards and caught a season-high eight receptions for 39 yards.
Since his return two weeks ago, Brown has totaled 181 yards on 48 attempts and a score. This year, the Cowboys are 29th against the run, allowing 11 TDs and 126.8 yards per game. David Wilson fumbled away the Giants’ chances in Week 1, which puts even more pressure on Brown this week.
The Cowboys and Giants have combined to throw for 33 touchdowns and allow 34 passing TDs. In the first game of the season, there was a total of six TD passes (four from Manning and two from Romo). As I mentioned in the QB section, there will be at least two touchdowns caught per team. I’d make sure to start any and all receivers from this game and treat them like a lottery ticket. Even Austin led Dallas receivers with 10 catches for 72 yards on 12 targets in the first matchup.
Tight end – Jason Witten
As an investor of Witten I’ve tried to figure out if there is a pattern to his stat lines. Last year he set a career-high in receptions (110) and targets (150), but this season Witten is only the seventh-best tight end in standard scoring leagues. In his three best games of 2013, the Cowboys are 2-1 with the one loss to Denver on a last-second field goal. Witten scored twice and made eight receptions for 70 yards in a Week 1 win against the Giants.
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