NFC East

NFC East Season Outlooks

Dallas Cowboys

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 9-7 8-7-1 6-10 3,141 2,170 62.70% 37.30% 43%
2016-17 13-3 10-6 6-10 4,167 1,336 50.59% 49.41% 42%
2015-16 4-12 4-11-1 6-10 3,471 1,890 57.94% 42.06% 35%
2014-15 12-4 10-6 9-6-1 3,784 2,354 50.36% 49.64% 47%
2013-14 8-8 9-7 9-7 3,954 1,507 64.89% 35.11% 35%
2012-13 8-8 6-10 8-8 4,729 1,265 66.16% 33.84% 43%

Cowboys fans have to be ecstatic about the upcoming season with the emergence of last season's offensive rookie of the year QB Dak Prescott and rookie rushing leader RB Ezekiel Elliott taking the NFL over by storm. Prescott beat out long-time Cowboys Tony Romo as the starting QB and ran with it, helping lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and NFC East Division championship. Though not among the leaders in fantasy points, Prescott has the accuracy and offensive weapons to be drafted as a QB1. Elliott, on the other hand, could go as high as the first overall pick in fantasy drafts this upcoming season. He's a force to be reckoned with when the balls in his hands, as he averaged 108.7 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and posted the most 20-plus yard runs with 14 - all leading the league. The Cowboys mauling offensive line was a big factor in Elliott's success as they ranked second in total rushing yards for with 2,396 yards, tying for first place in first downs with 54. There were no major coaching changes and feeding the ball to Elliott will be the first priority, while WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten will be among Prescott's top options, and with good reason. Bryant and Witten are big targets and difficult to defend, both weighing over 220 lbs. Bryant has been riddled by injuries the past two seasons, missing 10 games over that span. Witten, on the other hand, hasn't missed a game since 2007 and has registered 9,050 yards. Though he only posted 673 receiving yards and just recently turned 36, the passing offense may fail to improve in its middling 23rd place finish, but fourth year offensive coordinator Scott Linehan won't be afraid to target his stars through the air and continue to deploy the option run game scheme that is nearly impossible to stop.

New York Giants

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 3-13 7-9 6-10 3,479 1,549 61.30% 38.70% 33%
2016-17 11-5 9-6-1 4-12 4,018 1,417 60.90% 39.10% 36%
2015-16 6-10 8-7-1 11-5 4,347 1,609 61.73% 38.27% 38%
2014-15 6-10 7-9 10-6 4,272 1,603 58.66% 41.34% 43%
2013-14 7-9 7-9 6-10 3,588 1,332 61.44% 38.56% 32%
2012-13 9-7 7-9 5-11 3,825 1,862 57.75% 42.25% 41%

It's going to be extremely difficult to slowdown the Giants offense in 2016. Opposing defense coordinators stacked the box against the Giants offense often last season and expose the Giants offensive line and Rashad Jennings. Jennings is no longer with the team and sophomore RB Paul Perkins has been named starter, Perkins has the opportunity to become a reliable fantasy option in 2016. In just 112 carries, Perkins averaged 4.1 yards per game and a total of 456 rushing yards. Jennings led the team with 181 attempts for 593 yards, Perkins will be available in the later rounds and is worth drafting as a sleeper pick. The receiving core of Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard is expected to terrorize opposing secondary's this upcoming season. Even if Shepard is lost for the beginning of the season due to an injury sustained in training camp, Marshall and Beckham Jr. are more than capable of splitting his workload. Beckham Jr. is a first-round fantasy draft choice and an elite WR1. He ranked 3rd in receiving yards (1,367) and 5th in touchdowns (10). Marshall is a top-tier WR2 in fantasy and has value working the left side of the field for the Giants. He's a consistent option healthy and supplies Manning another deadly threat in the passing game. The Giants selected TE Evan Engram with their first-round pick this offseason and his fantasy draft stock will rise once pre-season games begin. Engram has been working off the line, in the slot of Ben McAdoo's up-tempo West Coast offense as well as number one receiver and lead run-blocker. He will become an integral part of the Giants pass game and comes into the season as a high-risk high reward draft pick. The Giants have the players to be a top-5 fantasy offense and I believe they can produce.

Philadelphia Eagles

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 13-3 10-6 7-8-1 3,737 2,115 60.50% 39.50% 42%
2016-17 7-9 8-8 9-7 3,832 1,652 59.44% 40.56% 38%
2015-16 7-9 7-9 8-8 4,087 1,743 59.84% 40.16% 40%
2014-15 10-6 9-7 10-5-1 4,356 1,992 57.82% 42.18% 44%
2013-14 10-6 8-8 9-7 4,110 2,566 53.02% 46.98% 39%
2012-13 4-12 4-12 8-8 3,791 1,874 61.72% 38.28% 37%

It's going to be a tough year for the Eagles with the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins all gearing up for deep post season runs. Second year head coach Doug Pederson won't change the offense all that much entering his second year as head coach. His West Coast motion offense fits the game-managing and unique skill set of Wentz. Wentz's top targets in 2016 were WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz and can be classified as A1 and A2 options in fantasy. Matthews hauled in 73 receptions on a team-high 117 looks last year while Ertz grabbed a team-high 78 receptions on 106 targets. The next closest receiver to Matthews and Ertz in receptions was the RB Darren Sproles out of the backfield (52) and Dorial Green-Beckham (36), who ranked third and fourth on the team respectively. Wentz orchestrated a stellar rookie campaign despite the Eagles' feeble receiving core, tossing for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns. A sophomore slump could be upon him with a rather inexperienced receiving core and volatile offensive line. Nevertheless, Wentz is still a low-end QB1 with an extremely high-ceiling. There aren't any other notable fantasy options in the Eagles pass game worth drafting. The Eagles split the workload in between RBs last season, with Ryan Matthews and Sproles failing to kickstart the teams lowly run game. Sproles is a terrific change-of-pace running back and can be used as a FLEX option but doesn't see enough touches to impact a fantasy team consistently. The oft-injured Matthews only started eight games last season and was ranked as low as third on the team's depth chart at one point. If he scuffles in the early going, the Eagles won't be afraid to reward someone else his carries. It's best to just fade the Eagles RBs despite ranking 11th in average rushing yards per game with 113.2.

Washington Redskins

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 7-9 7-9 8-8 3,751 1,448 64.30% 35.70% 32%
2016-17 8-7 10-6 12-4 4,130 1,916 62.44% 37.56% 45%
2015-16 9-7 9-7 9-7 4,095 1,566 57.57% 42.43% 44%
2014-15 4-12 5-11 7-8-1 4,047 1,691 60.14% 39.86% 32%
2013-14 3-13 5-11 8-8 3,751 2,164 59.08% 40.92% 40%
2012-13 10-6 11-5 9-7 3,422 2,709 48.28% 51.72% 36%

It will be interesting to see if the Redskins' offense will be able to fill the voids that Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson left this offseason. QB Kirk Cousins was phenomenal last year, throwing for 4,917 yards while collecting the third most completions among QBs with 406. Cousins has shown he is more than capable of finding the open receiver and racking up big fantasy numbers. The Redskins management brought in former Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor to their receiving corps and he figures to be a key contributor in the passing game. Slot receiver Jamison Crowder, all-pro TE Jordan Reed and 2016's first-round draft pick Josh Doctson to carry the remainder of the load in Jay Gruden's vertical offense scheme. Pryor was converted from QB to WR last season, leading the Browns in receiving yards (1,007) on 77 receptions. Crowder posted career-highs in yards (847) and a team-high seven touchdowns last season. He's expected to work out of the slot and occasionally stretch the right side of the field the right side of the field. Gruden has a variety of passing combinations that utilizes Cousins' strong and accurate arm. Gruden and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh will continue to design plays in a West Coast offense that best suits Cousins. Mixing in these plays will open up the field for one of the leagues best tight ends - Jordan Reed. In the 11 games Reed started, the Redskins averaged 314 yards through the air. From Week 13 until Week 17, the team averaged just 259 passing yards. Reed will be drafted in the early rounds and possesses high upside in touchdowns. Washington's run game was non-existent all season-long, with Rob Kelley receiving the lions share of the load and averaged a lowly 46.9 yards per game. Matt Jones and Chris Thompson failed to break the 500 rushing yards mark a season ago and aren't ideal fantasy options.

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