Fantasy Football: Game of the Week Preview

It was a heartbreaking loss for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys
last Sunday. With 1:02 remaining and down by six, Matthew Stafford
drove down the field and ultimately won the game with a one-yard TD
plunge, dropping Dallas to 4-4.

But, enough about the Cowboys’ haunting past, even though
they are now 132-132 since 1997. This week, Jason Garrett and Co.
hosts the Vikings. Last Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers torched
Minnesota’s secondary for 285 yards and two TDs.

Christian Ponder didn’t improve the offense much either.
The box score will show that the Vikings scored 31 points, but the
first touchdown came on a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff.
Two more scores were in the fourth quarter when the game was well
in hand.

It’s unclear who will be Minnesota’s quarterback in
the future, but for now Ponder is the guy and the 1-6 Vikings have
a difficult schedule ahead of them. Their remaining nine opponents
have a combined record of 39-29.

Players to start:

Quarterback – Tony Romo

Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Matthew Stafford. No, this
isn’t a list of quarterbacks that beat the Cowboys this
season (Dallas doesn’t play the Saints until Week 10). Those
three QBs are the only guys ahead of Romo on the fantasy points
list. The Vikings have also allowed the second-most passing TDs to
their opponents (16 touchdowns) and are the 29th worst defense in
passing yards allowed per game (288 yards).

Running back – Adrian Peterson and TBD

AP was the unanimous first overall fantasy draft pick this
season and he’s currently eighth in the running back points
list. Even with the horrendous quarterback situation in Minnesota,
Peterson is still a must-start in every league.

Last Sunday, DeMarco Murray was a game-time decision and
didn’t suit up for the contest against Detroit. This week, it
looks as if he’ll play for the first time since Week 6. With
six teams on bye, starting running backs are at a premium and need
to be inserted into your lineup. In case Murray sits again, Joseph
Randle would be the replacement to insert.

Wide receiver – Dez Bryant and Terrance
Williams

Even with Bryant double-covered for most of the game in Detroit,
he still managed to score twice. On the season, Bryant is second in
fantasy points among wide receivers in standard leagues (behind
Megatron) and third in PPR leagues (behind Wes Welker). With Miles
Austin nursing a hamstring injury, Williams has filled in nicely.
The rookie from Baylor has caught a touchdown in four-straight
games.

As for Minnesota’s receivers, though Dallas has allowed
the most passing yards per game this season (315 yards), Ponder is
still the quarterback. In the four games that he’s taken
snaps in 2013, Ponder has thrown two touchdowns and averaged 209
passing yards per game. Last week, his most targeted teammated
was…

Tight end – Jason Witten and Kyle
Rudolph

…Rudolph. He caught four passes for 51 yards against Green
Bay. Over the last three games, Rudolph has been targeted on 24
passes, more than any other receiver on his team.

Witten is riding a three-game poor performance streak. In that
time span, he’s averaged 30 yards on three catches and zero
touchdowns. However, prior to that, Witten was targeted 10 times
each against Denver and San Diego. Minnesota has allowed 8.9
fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends and seven targets.

 

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