Fantasy Football: Game of the Week Preview

The Dallas defense was embarrassed in front of the world on
Monday night in Chicago as Josh McCown carved up the secondary for
348 yards and four touchdown passes.

Yet, the Cowboys are only one game back from the NFC East
lead.

Green Bay has been without Aaron Rodgers for five-straight weeks
and this Sunday could make six. However, because of the tie in Week
12, the Packers are less than a game back from the NFC North
crown.

Playoff lives will be on the line as both teams fight to keep
their heads above water in America’s Game of the Week on FOX
this Sunday.

Players to start:

Quarterback – Tony Romo and Matt Flynn

Unless you are in an eight-team league, or fewer, Tony Romo is
in the must-start fantasy tier.

Matt Flynn is nowhere near Romo’s value, but he does have
a great matchup. The Cowboys are allowing the most points per game
to opposing quarterbacks (24.7 ppg), the most passing yards per
game (298 ypg), and the second-most passing touchdowns this season
(26 TDs).

Running back – DeMarco Murray and Eddie Lacy/James
Starks

Even in a blowout loss last week, DeMarco Murray managed to rush
for 146 yards on 18 carries (8.1 yards per attempt). While the
Bears currently allow the most rushing yards per game (157), Green
Bay isn’t much better (122.6 ypg). In standard leagues,
Murray has surpassed 12 fantasy points in four-straight games.

Not only is the quarterback position a question this week, but
the starting running back job is in flux, too. Last week, Eddie
Lacy ran for 65 yards and a TD against the Falcons, but missed most
of the third quarter with an ankle injury. If Lacy is cleared to
play against Dallas, he’s a must-start. Especially, after the
success Matt Forte had on Monday night, both rushing and receiving.
If Lacy is a no-go, James Starks could be a great addition from the
waiver wire.

Wide receiver – Dez Bryant and Jordy
Nelson

The passing game definitely takes a hit when Rodgers is absent,
but Jordy Nelson is still the team’s No. 1 receiver and
should still be considered as a starter on your fantasy roster.

Dez Bryant is a viable, top five wide receiver option in any
format.

Tight end – Jason Witten and Andrew
Quarless

Though Jason Witten’s fantasy stock continues to rise and
fall with the Cowboys’ record, I still consider him a must-start
because of his knack for finding the end zone. He’s scored
three TDs in the past three games, and seven scores on the
season.

For Green Bay, Andrew Quarless was the most targeted player last
week with seven passes thrown his way. Backup quarterbacks often
rely on check-down routes to build confidence and to move the
chains, which is why Quarless was so successful last Sunday. That
trust also earned a touchdown reception late in the game against
Atlanta.

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