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:

Quarterback – Tony Romo and Eli Manning

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).

Running back – Andre Brown and DeMarco
Murray

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.

Wide receiver – Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz, Hakeem
Nicks, Rueben Randle, Terrance Williams, and Miles
Austin

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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