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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