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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