Preview: Saints at Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have cobbled together three straight wins to alter the complexion of their season and vault into a share of first place in the mediocre NFC East. The Cowboys will encounter quite the litmus test on Thursday when they host the surging New Orleans Saints, who have won a staggering 10 in a row since their season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.

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Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 1,074 rushing yards and has amassed 531 scrimmage yards (394 rushing, 137 receiving) and four touchdowns in his last three games, including 143 (121 rushing, 22 receiving) with a 16-yard scoring run in Dallas’ 31-23 win over Washington on Thanksgiving Day. The 23-year-old Elliott likely would need a similar performance against New Orleans’ top-ranked rush defense (73.2 yards) as a means to control the clock and keep NFL MVP candidate Drew Brees (league-best 76.4 completion percentage) on the sideline. With Brees under center, the high-octane Saints have scored an NFL-best 37.2 points per game and are fifth in yards (416.6). New Orleans had no issue continuing its frenetic pace last Thursday, as Brees tossed four touchdown passes in a 31-17 win over Atlanta and has 11 scoring strikes against one interception in his last four meetings with the Cowboys.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: Saints -7.5. O/U: 53

ABOUT THE SAINTS (10-1): The electric Alvin Kamara has shown no signs of slowing down with 575 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving) in his past six games. Fellow running back Mark Ingram has three scores in his last three outings and Michael Thomas has proven to be Brees’ most trusted target with an NFL second-best 86 receptions. While the offense receives its fair share of headlines, the defense is getting plenty of press too, as it forced four turnovers, registered a season-high six sacks and held Falcons running backs Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith to just six rushing yards on 10 carries last week. “We all know what Dallas is gonna want to do — hand it to Zeke as many times as they can and try to pound out a win,” defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. “So it’s gonna be fun.”

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (6-5): Louisiana native Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper look to exploit New Orleans’ 30th-ranked pass defense after the pair hooked up for two long touchdown passes against the Redskins. Prescott has a rushing score in each of his last three games while Cooper joined Kansas City speedster Tyreek Hill in recording his second 180-yard, two-touchdown performance in the last two seasons with his sterling effort versus Washington. Cooper has seen eight-plus targets in three of four games since being acquired from Oakland, giving Dallas a new version of a familiar three-pronged attack made famous by “The Triplets” of Pro Football Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. “I think the sky’s the limit,” the 24-year-old Cooper said. “Obviously we’ll have to wait and see, but Dak is a great player. Zeke is a great player. So who knows?”

EXTRA POINTS

1. New Orleans WR Tre’Quan Smith was limited in practice on Tuesday as he attempts to return from a one-game absence due to a foot injury.

2. Dallas DE Demarcus Lawrence has three of his team-leading 8.5 sacks in the last four games.

3. The Saints have a league low-tying nine turnovers, one fewer than the Cowboys.

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Longtime divisional rivals face off on Turkey Day with first place in the NFC East on the line

The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys have a lot to play for on Thanksgiving. First off, these are two historic franchises that have grown into one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be fighting for first place in the NFC East.

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Prior to Week 11, the Redskins were in control of the division after starting the season 6-3. That was until a 23-21 home loss to the Houston Texans created a small window of opportunity for Dallas.

The Cowboys capitalized in the final moments of their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. With the game tied at 19 and only three seconds left, kicker Brett Maher nailed a 42-yard field goal attempt to send Dallas home with a .500 record. It also puts them in position to take over first place of the division, should they get the win on Thanksgiving.

Washington at Dallas

Kickoff: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Spread: Dallas -7.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Colt McCoy’s first start of the season

The season-ending leg injury to Alex Smith was unfortunate. You never want to see someone suffer that sort of brutal injury – or any injury, for that matter. With that said, we also can’t forget how poorly the 34-year-old had played up to that point.

In 10 games, the former No. 1 overall pick was only averaging 218 yards and a touchdown through the air. His 6.6 yards per attempt was reminiscent of his early days with the 49ers when he struggled to get anything going consistently.

In other words, Smith had reverted back to being a game manager with little-to-no upside. The question is going to be whether the Redskins are going to be better off with 32-year-old McCoy running the offense.

The good news is there were some glimpses against Houston. McCoy’s first pass of the regular season was a nine-yard touchdown strike to tight end Jordan Reed. So, what’s the bad news? Well, he only completed five of his other 11 attempts (45.5 percent) for 45 yards (4.1 yards per attempt) while also taking two sacks.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team try to get McCoy on the move more (five rushes for 35 yards last week).

2. Can the Redskins slow down Ezekiel Elliott?

Elliott and the rest of the Dallas running game went toe-to-toe with the Redskins’ defensive front back in Week 7. Sadly, things didn’t go too well for the former No. 4 overall pick.

Washington’s defense held Elliott to his worst statistical performance of the season. The third-year running back only managed 42 yards (33 rushing, 9 receiving) on 17 touches – good for just 2.5 yards per touch.

It’s been a completely different story over the last two weeks, though.

Elliott has put up up 388 total yards (273 rushing, 115 receiving) and three total touchdowns on 55 touches during that span. Granted, it was against the Falcons and Eagles, but it’s still impressive nonetheless.

3. Potential bounce back from Amari Cooper

It looks like the Cowboys have finally found a long-term replacement for Dez Bryant. The team sent over its first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in order to secure Dak Prescott’s new No. 1 receiver, Cooper.

Since that trade, Cooper has been a steady contributor. He’s brought in 14 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown through three games.

Cooper’s most recent performance was his least productive, however.

The Alabama product only hauled in three of his five targets for 36 yards and no touchdowns in Sunday’s win over Atlanta. Considering the Falcons have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, Cooper’s performance was a disappointment.

The hope is that he’ll be able to bounce back on Thursday against a Washington defense that ranks 24th in the league against the pass (261.2 ypg).

Final Analysis

Here’s the bottom line: there are way too many injury concerns for Washington right now. Sure, Colt McCoy is capable of leading the offense to some points, but the Cowboys are finding ways to win.

The Redskins will need to once again lean on Adrian Peterson, who totaled 107 yards on 25 touches against the Cowboys in Week 7. If they can get that sort of production from the future Hall of Famer, they might have a chance to keep things close.

In the end, Dallas scores a late touchdown to put things out of reach and move into first place in the NFC East.

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Preview: Titans at Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans each have the luxury of playing in mediocre divisions, but both teams are in danger of falling too far back in their respective conference playoff pictures with another loss. The Titans and Cowboys also share the similarities of owning identical 3-4 records while coming off a loss and a bye heading into Monday night’s clash in Dallas.

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The game will mark the Cowboys debut of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who was acquired from Oakland for a first-round draft pick to put some juice in Dallas’ struggling offense. “He’s electrifying. He’s one of those guys you hold your breath every time he catches the ball,” running back Ezekiel Elliott told reporters regarding Cooper. “He’s a great addition to this offense and I’m excited.” The bye week couldn’t come soon enough for Tennessee, which followed a three-game winning streak by scoring a total of 31 points during a three-game slide that includes a pair of one-point defeats. “It’s our fault, you know what I’m saying?” Titans Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard told reporters. “We’re not doing the right things to win these games, and we have to find ways to turn that around.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Cowboys -5.5. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (3-4): Marcus Mariota injured his elbow in the season opener and has been dealing with numbness in his throwing hand, but he finally was able to discard the glove he’s been wearing since getting hurt. That, and the loss the of tight end Delanie Walker to a season-ending injury in Week 1, has contributed to Mariota’s woes – he has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions while being held to 129 yards or fewer in four of his six games. The running back tandem of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry also has struggled, although Lewis gained 155 yards from scrimmage in Tennessee’s last contest. The Titans rank 19th in the league against the run, permitting 112.3 yards per game.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (3-4): The offseason departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten has grounded Dallas’ aerial attack, prompting the move to bring in Cooper to jump-start a passing offense ranked 29th in the NFL (183.1 yards). Whether Cooper is the answer for Dak Prescott remains to be seen – the former No. 4 overall pick had 48 receptions and seven touchdowns last season while recording 22 catches and one score for the Raiders this year before the trade. The Cowboys have the league’s fourth-ranked ground game thanks to Elliott, who is second in the NFL in rushing with 619 yards and has three 100-yard performances. Dallas ranks third overall in total defense (313.7) and against the pass (217.4).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dallas (17.6) and Tennessee (18.1) rank second and third, respectively, in the NFL in points allowed.

2. Mariota has thrown 24 TD passes and seven interceptions in his last 12 games versus NFC opponents.

3. Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has registered seven sacks in his last five home contests.

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Complete NFC East Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Eagles, Giants, Skins’ and Cowboys this season…

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are set up well for their first-ever Super Bowl defense, thanks to the return of just about every significant contributor from the 2017 team. The only losses that could really hurt are offensive coordinator Frank Reich (new head coach in Indy) and QBs coach John DeFilippo (new Vikings OC).

When healthy — and he should be early in the season — QB Carson Wentz is a top-10 NFL passer (at least) and a great leader. He prolongs plays and gets the ball downfield. Having Nick Foles as a backup is a great thing, but this is Wentz’s team. He is surrounded by a deep collection of skill-position contributors who make it extremely difficult to focus on any one player.

The defense is built around getting pressure on the passer, and that’s what it does. The Eagles are outstanding at invading enemy pockets with just four rushers, and that makes the coverage schemes more sound and harder to exploit.

This is a deep, talented team buttressed by an outstanding organization that fills needs at all times with bold moves. Expect continued contention and plenty of excitement for a city still getting used to being atop the NFL mountain.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Garrett kept his job, but most of his assistant coaches departed. Coordinators Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli return, so the offense and defense remain the same. But after a disappointing non-playoff season, Garrett is back on the hot seat. He has only two playoff appearances and one postseason win in seven full seasons as head coach. The Cowboys took some losses in the offseason, but they’re hoping that makes for better chemistry and more victories during the season.

New York Giants

So, are the Giants really a contender, or is the new regime just fooling itself? The truth is somewhere between their 3-13 mess from last year and their somewhat-lucky 11-5 from 2016. A lot of last year was about health (their offensive line and receiving corps were decimated), so a little better luck there (especially with WR Odell Beckham Jr) could go a long way. Same for the attitude adjustment that comes with a new coach.

In the end it all comes down to two things: QB Eli Manning and the men in front of him. The offensive line looks better on paper, though far from dominant and not deep. With better protection, Manning should thrive, but that’s a big question mark. So, too, is Manning. The Giants are convinced that his problems of the last two years were mostly O-line related. They still believe he has good arm strength and all the ability that once made him elite.

They better be right. If they’re not, then last year was just the beginning of an ugly end. But Manning should get a boost from better protection and a deeper array of weapons. The Giants don’t look like a championship contender yet, but a return to mediocrity would at least be a step in the right direction.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have given fans little reason to believe in them of late. The franchise is 64-95-1 over the past 10 seasons, with six last-place NFC East finishes in that span, and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005. And on top of everything else, they now must deal with the problem of having the defending Super Bowl champions in their division, and just a couple hours north on I-95.

Unlike those Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins appear to occupy that crowded, murky middle ground — fitting for a franchise that has averaged exactly eight wins the past three seasons — of teams good enough to contend for a playoff spot, but also a few key injuries away from a collapse. That was largely the story of their 2017, as they placed a whopping 20 players on injured reserve and never put together a consistent stretch of games.

Can 2018 be different? Once again, they have given fans just enough reason to believe that it can. In Alex Smith, the Redskins have a proven, playoff-tested quarterback. In Derrius Guice, they have arguably their most complete back since the days of Clinton Portis. And in Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne and others, they have perhaps their most talented group of young, front-seven defenders in years. But because it’s the Redskins, everyone will be waiting for things to go terribly wrong. As famous fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. told The Washington Post in April, “We just want to be relevant again.”

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NFL Season Preview

 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 4 weeks, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s NFC East. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins will finally move in as the teams’ starting QB without having to deal with any doubts and controversy. This position was long under question until RGIII’s departure and Cousins will definitely be playing for a new contract. By setting the all-time franchise passing yards mark last year, as well as other Redskins’ records, the young passer will try to secure and stabilize his place further in the organization.

DeSean Jackson will remain his main target and has become an even bigger star since arriving to the skins.

Josh Norman’s addition to this squad during the offseason will certainly help their defense as they were frankly struggling last year.

There are still some questions with their running game as well as the offensive line, but if Cousins can repeat what he did last season, the Redskins should have a problem solved that hurt them for decades.

 

Key Additions: TE Vernon Davis, CB Josh Norman, DE Kendall Reyes

Key Losses: Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, SS Dashon Goldson, CB Chris Culliver, DE Jason Hatcher (Retired)

 

Philadelphia Eagles

For the Eagles, the Chip Kelly experiment ended in flames and this year will most likely be a bumpy and hard road for them. With their defense being one of the worst in the league, they’re actually looking like the most stable unit in their team. Their future of this organization relies on youngster Carson Wentz to become a franchise quarterback.

If they can make steady play from their defense and make plays to put up points, they may be able to have a  .500 season.

 

Key Additions: WR Rueben Randle, LB Nigel Bradham, C Stefen Wisniewski, WR Chris Givens, QB Chase Daniels

Key Losses:  LB KiKo Alsonso, CB Byron Maxwell, RB DeMarco Murray, DE Cedric Thornton, CB E.J. Biggers

 

Dallas Cowboys

Last season was a nightmare for the Cowboys, as injuries destroyed everything the team had planned and ended the season before it ever really got started.

This time, the big move and risk was to draft Ezekiel Elliott as the 4th overall pick, an insanely high selection for a running back in this day and age.

The Cowboys are putting everything  into their offensive strength in order to get back  on the proper lane. In fact, this may be one of the toughest roads this organization has known in Jerry Jones’ era. With their star QB, Tony Romo being held back by injuries the last couple of seasons, this should be his last run with the Cowboys and he will need all the help from his receivers including Dez Bryant, who’ll try to put last season behind him.

Their defense lacks experience which could make it hard for them to gel as a unit.

 

Key Additions: RB Alfred Morris, DE Cedric Thornton, G Joe Looney

Key Losses: QB Matt Cassel, DE Greg Hardy, RB Robert Turbin 

 

New York Giants

The G-Men are looking to regain control in the East as they have revamped their defense and put some key pieces in on offense as well. Eli Manning is coming towards the end with the Giants so it’s win now or bust, so with new coach Be McAdoo it’s all about winning.

The Giants are healthy for the first time in a long time and that could spell trouble for the rest of the division. Olivier Vernon, Jenoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison bring much needed fire power along with rookies Eli Apple and Darian Thompson, they should be heavily revamped and ready to go.

Sterling Shepard could step in right away and fill the shoes of Victor Cruz who is yet to show traces of his former self.

 

Key Additions:  NT Damon Harrison, CB Janoris Jenkins, DE Olivier Vernon

Key Losses: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Rueben Randle, DE Robert Ayers, LB Jon Beason (Retired), LT Will Beatty, G Geoff Schwartz

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DFS NFL Draft

With the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s the time of year where we take a look at the weaknesses that could be fix with some new blood. We’ll take a look at what improvements could be made by each team during the draft. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest  for you, starting on April 28th 2016.  Now let’s see what the NFC East teams want for the forthcoming  DFS NFL Draft.

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins has provided a nice boost at the QB position for the Redskins, finally solving the problem that had been lingering for a while. It’s not sure though that Cousins may be the long-term solution.  Washington will need to find the players to protect him for the time being, stuffing the offensive line with some young talents. A center could be an early round possibility for them. The front-end of their defense could need some fine-tuning as well.

Top 2 round picks: 21st and 53rd selections.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly has left his mark on the Eagles, unfortunately it’s been for the wrong reasons. It was a mess of a 2015 season after he took charge of the team’s entire football operations. They will need to rebuilt from the ground up, starting with the DFS NFL Draft. First and foremost, the team will need to find a wide-receiver. Philadelphia once possessed a remarkable O-line. Well now it’s in need of an upgrade at both guard, despite the addition of RG Brandon Brooks, and at tackle positions also.  But most of all, their biggest need is for a reliable tailback to pair up with fellow running mate Ryan Matthews. 

Top 2 round picks: 2nd selection.

New York Giants

The Giants addressed it’s primary offseason need at defensive end, resigning Jason Pierre-Paul and adding Olivier Vernon. Now they need to find their boss man at middle linebacker. Adding another reliable target to take the heat off Odell Beckham is not out of the equation. Landon Collins works one of the safety position, they could find another in this draft. A dual-threat safety who can handle himself in coverage would be preferable.

Top 2 round picks: 10th and 40th selections.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas could go for a bell cow type of player in the back-end of the attack. It could improve the rushing game, like the way it used to with DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo just keeps getting hurt, as-fact from his season-ending injury. A new heir to his long stand as Cowboys quarteback may be a higher priority now than it as ever been before. ”America’s team” has a solid offensive line, but his defensive one may be in need of an upgrade, especially at defensive tackle. 

Top 2 round picks: 4th and 34th selections. 

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NFL NFC East Review

Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NFL NFC East Review of the 2015 season. Come enjoy daily Fantasy sports news at Fanpicks.com during this NFL offseason.

The NFC East was by the far the worst division in the NFC Conference and second worst in the entire NFL after the AFC South this past campaign. Even by being home to 4 of the most popular teams in the league, the fact that the lead for the division as changed over 5 times and saw each teams lead the division at some point this season showed an immense struggle and competition for a playoff berth.

NFL NFC East Review standings

  • Washington Redskins

With 9 wins this year and bringing their all time total wins to 601, the Redskins became the 5th franchise to pass the 600-win mark. They clinched their 5th division title and 24th overall for their franchise. The Redskins are also the only team to have clinched the NFC East twice in the last five seasons. Their turning point of the season came down in week 7 against the buccaneers when Kirk Cousins and his team were down 24-7 at half but rattled off 24 points in the 2nd half to take the lead with 28 seconds left 31-30. They would then finish their season with a 6-3 records and takeover the NFC East.

It was one of the most remarkable passing seasons in Redskins history for their QB Cousins. Not only he became the first player in team history to throw a TD in all 16 games but his 32.8 pts per game average to close their 4 game winning streak at the end of the season was the most in the NFL during that time frame.

 

  • Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles had a really tough season and are in an obvious period of transition. They’ve abruptly fired their coach Chip Kelly at the end of the season when they were eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Redskins. They had to bring in Doug Pedersen in and it will be very interesting for their off season preparation and team makeover. They have to figure out their QB position as soon as possible with Sam Bradford’s contract up and Mark Sanchez not being a long-term solution. With Chip Kelly having cut or traded several important starters before their last campaign, they will need to find a way to attract other special talent alike LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Nick Foles or Trent Cole all let go by Kelly within the last 2 years.

 

  • New York Giants

The New York Giants have not made playoffs since their 2011 season, ironically, the same year they won the Super Bowl against the Patriots. It was coach Tom Coughlin’s 12th year with the Giants. The main problem that occurred this year was their inability to close out games, having lost 5 games this season in which they held leads in the final 2 minutes. They actually became the first team in NFL history to start their season 0-2 while holding double digit leads heading into the 4th quarter for both games. Fantasy owners will definitely be hoping for a revival of Eli Manning, often disrespected lately but will set their eyes on Odell Beckham Jr. who’s absolutely essential to their offense.

 

  • Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ 4-12 record was the team’s worst since 1989, the first year Jerry Jones became owner (1-15). Despite starting the season 2-0 and leading the NFC East, the Cowboys lost 7 straight and finished the season on a 2-12 skid. The Cowboys still made some big moves keeping Head Coach Jason Garrett, signing him to a $30 million contract and resigning big man Dez Bryant to a 5 year $70 million contact. They will hope to come back to their winning ways and it will be interesting for fantasy owners to monitor their offseason strategy and snipe the best deals.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-18-2015

New York Jets versus Dallas Cowboys NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-19-2015

The NFL has action for fantasy GM’s to play into on Saturday December 19th as the Dallas Cowboys will host the New York Jets. DFS draft managers can tune to NFL Network at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day real money line.

 

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled looking for offense without their starting quarterback Tony Romo. He is out for the season and getting the start on Saturday night will be Matt Cassel once again. The Cowboys have sunk near the bottom of the league in the key offensive categories in 2015. They sit 30th and third worst in the NFL in scoring as the team averages just 17.7 points per game. Last week in a loss at Green Bay the Cowboys were limited to just seven points.

 

The Jets have plenty to play for as they enter this contest. At 8-5 they are tied with Kansas City and Pittsburgh for the race for two available AFC wildcard spots with just three games remaining. The Jets have won three straight after a 30-8 home victory to Tennessee.

 

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New York Jets RB

 

Play on Chris Ivory

 

Looking at the game plan that the Packers used on the Cowboys, it could suit the New York Jets fine. They ran the football 44 times for 230 yards and took the safe route to victory since the Dallas offense showed very little ability to score points without Romo. Look for the Jets to do the same here. Look for Chris Ivory to get a high number of carries against a downtrodden offense. Heck it worked last week when the Jets hosted a bad offensive team in Tennessee and they came away with a 30-8 victory. Against the Titans Ivory rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries.

 

Play on New York Jets Defense

 

 

The Jets defense should find some great success in this spot. With their game plan to ground and pound it will limit the amount of plays for the Cowboys on offense. The Jets sit fifth in total defense and that gets upgraded when they face an inept offensive team like Dallas.

 

Buffalo Bills versus Washington Redskins NFL Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

 

The Washington Redskins are very much in the hunt for the NFC East title as they battle the Buffalo Bills. NFL fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday December 20th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league draft picks.

 

Buffalo suffered a loss that was detrimental to their ability to reach the playoffs in 2015. They dropped a 23-20 decision at Philadelphia to drop them to 6-7 and two games back of the Chiefs, Jets and Steelers for the two AFC wildcard playoff spots with just three games remaining. The Bills have lost three of four all the losses coming on the road. They play their fifth road game in six games.

 

Washington is tied with the Eagles and Giants for the NFC East lead after they came away with a 24-21 road win at Chicago last week so there is much to play for the Redskins in this spot. They have traded wins with losses the past eight weeks

 

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Washington Redskins K

 

Play on Dustin Hopkins

 

The Washington Redskins have had issues finishing drives and getting into the end zone. They often settle for field goals in the red zone. Their kicker Dustin Hopkins has made 85% of his field goal tries this season. He kicked three field goals in Week 14 at home to Dallas and in Week 10 at home to New Orleans he kicked four field goals. He is also a perfect 27 of 27 on extra points.

 

 

 

 

 

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NFL Fantasy Draft Picks 12-9-2015

Dallas Cowboys versus Green Bay Packers NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

From NFL Week 14 action the Green Bay Packers will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys in the late game on Sunday afternoon. Daily fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV at 4:25PM Eastern Time on December 13th to track the results of their fantasy NFL roster picks.

 

These two teams met in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last year with Green Bay winning in controversial style as a long pass to Dez Bryant was ruled a “no-catch” in the closing minutes of the game that resulted in a close Green Bay win. The Cowboys are without Tony Romo for this one so it will be Matt Cassel under center. The team is coming off a three point victory against Washington on Monday night football. The defense has played well but the lack of points this season has led the team to a 4-8 record. The team is 29th in the NFL in scoring offense by averaging 18.6 points per game.

 

Green Bay is in a tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL North with a mark of 8-4. The Packers have the advantage of having rest having last played on Thursday Night Football getting a 61 yard touchdown pass by Aaron Rodgers as time expired for the win.

 

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers

 

The Cowboys will be on a short week and worst yet they are on a road back to back that complicates the preparation for this game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has multiple touchdown throws in four of his past five games. Look for Rodgers to have a big game here against a Cowboys defense that is in a horrible spot of preparation.

 

 

Buffalo Bills versus Philadelphia Eagles NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

It will be AFC versus NFC matchup that attracts fantasy football GM’s as the Philadelphia Eagles are home to the Buffalo Bills. DFS one day league contestants can tune to CBS TV on Sunday December 13th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results from their daily league roster picks.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles recorded 21 points unconventionally in their 35-28 victory to the New England Patriots on the road last week. They got a blocked punt, punt return and interception return for a touchdown last week. The offense generated 248 yards in the win. The defense coughed up some of their lead late to the Patriots as they gave up 427 yards to the Patriot team with very few weapons for Tom Brady to work with.

 

The Buffalo Bills come off a 30-21 victory at home to the Houston Texans last week. They have a very balanced attack in their victory with 187 rushing yards and Tyrod Taylor throwing for 211 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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Buffalo Bills RB:

 

LeSean McCoy

 

This is a huge game that McCoy has circled since being traded to Buffalo from Philadelphia. It is a trade that the former Eagles running back did not like. He was very vocal about being dealt and had some disparaging words towards the Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Head coach Rex Ryan is a player’s coach who looks to survive by keeping his players happy and being a likeable “player’s coach”. Expect Ryan to allow McCoy to shine in this game because it is Rex’ coaching style. He tries to win over his team by giving into his players in spots like these to shine. The Bills are a very good running team rushing for 141 yards per game and ranking 4th in the NFL.

 

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Dallas Cowboys versus Washington Redskins Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-7-2015

It will be an NFC East division battle from Monday Night Football as the Washington Redskins will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Monday December 7th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

The Dallas Cowboys have had struggles on the 2015 campaign with a record of 3-8. They have been hit with injuries to their quarterback position as well as having to play for a significant time without the services of Dez Bryant. The team comes off a humiliating home loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving losing by the score of 33-14. In the process Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo was lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Prior to exiting the game due to injury Romo had thrown three picks with two being returned for a Carolina touchdown. The Cowboys offensive numbers have plummeted as expected with their key injuries and lack of a playmaker in the run game. The team is 29th in the NFL in scoring by averaging 18.5 points per game. They are the 28th ranked passing team in the NFL. The defense has played well in spots this year. The team is six in total offense as their opponents gain 331 yards per game.

With the New York Giants suffering a loss on Sunday the Washington Redskins sit atop the NFC East division with a 5-6 record. The team responded with a 20-14 home victory to the Giants last week after suffering a 44-16 defeat on the road the week before. All of the Redskins five wins in 2015 have come against losing teams. The team is 25th in the league in total offense putting up 339 yards per game. After a strong start on the ground the Redskins running attack has back peddled as the team rushes for 96.2 yards per game which is 23rd in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

In relief of Romo on Thanksgiving the journeyman quarterback hit on 68% of his throws for 93 yards with a touchdown. He has thrown for five touchdowns and five picks in his time with the Cowboys. Matt Cassel began the year with the Buffalo Bills but could not beat out the starter and backup. Dallas has lost each time with Cassel starting at quarterback. His best game came in week nine where he threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Darren McFadden

The Cowboys have not found the player in the backfield to replace DeMarco Murray. Darren McFadden now leads the Cowboys with 169 carries for 634 yards with two touchdowns and a 3.8 yards per rush average. He ran for 3.3 yards a carry over his past three seasons with Oakland before come over to Dallas. After a 129 yard rushing performance at Miami, Darren McFadden had just 10 carries for 11 yards in their defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

The three year wide receiver leads the team with 33 catches for 491 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 14.9 yards per catch. Last week in the home defeat to Carolina it was Williams with four receptions go for 39 yards.

Washington Redskins QB:

Kirk Cousins

Cousins have won the starting position for the Redskins. He has completed 68.4% of his throws for 2787 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 picks. In the victory against the Giants last week Cousins completed 69% of his throws for 302 yards with a touchdown. He has thrown just two picks over his past five games.

Washington Redskins RB:

Alfred Morris

Morris had a 121 rushing yards in week one against Miami and it has been his only 100 yard rushing game of the season. Last week in the victory against the Giants, Morris had 23 carries for 78 yards. His 3.6 yards per run average in 2015 is his fewest of his career.

Washington Redskins WR:

Pierre Garcon

The veteran wide receiver has caught 49 passes for 508 yards with three touchdowns.

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QB: Kirk Cousins (Redskins)

RB: Darren McFadden (Cowboys)

WR: Pierre Garcon (Redskins)

TE: Jason Witten (Cowboys)

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Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys Sunday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-8-2015

It will be a battle in the NFC East division as the Dallas Cowboys will be home facing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night football. DFS League GMs cane tune to NBC TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on November 8th to track the results of their NFL fantasy roster picks.

This is the second of two meetings between these clubs this year. They went head to head on September 20th with Dallas posting the 20-10 road victory behind a strong defensive performance. The Eagles were held scoreless for three quarters and couldn’t get into the end zone until a Sam Bradford six yard pass to Jordan Matthews with 1 ½ minutes left in the game. It was an embarrassing performance offensively and one tough to stomach for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly as his team was held to seven rushing yards and 219 yards passing in the loss. This was the game that saw Tony Romo break his collar bone and he hasn’t returned to the lineup since.

Philadelphia has a mark of 3-4 on the season and is tied with first place New York Giants in the loss column as the team sits at 4-4. The Eagles will be rested coming off a bye week after a 27-16 road defeat at Carolina that broke a two game win streak. While the defense has shown improvement from last year the offensive has gone backwards. Once a high scoring team the Eagles has only scored greater than 27 points once in their seven games and that came to one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints. Philadelphia is only scoring 22.9 points per game and that is 17th in the league.

The Cowboys have had a hard time replacing Tony Romo at quarterback. They are 0-5 without Romo as Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel have not got the job done. The Greg Hardy controversy doesn’t appear to have an impact on the team on the field. That should not be factored into anything on the field from this game as cold as it may sound it’s a reality when trying to look for fantasy points. The Cowboys have seen their offense go in reverse the past five games without Romo as they sit 29th and fourth worst in the league in scoring as they put up 19 points per game. The team hosted Seattle last week and were beaten 13-12 as Dallas could only produce 220 yards of offense for the entire game.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford in his first year with the Eagles is completing 62% of his passes for 1766 yards with nine touchdowns and ten picks. In the loss at Carolina, Bradford passed for 205 yards with no touchdowns and a pick. In his past two games Sam Bradford has one touchdown and four interceptions. He has had a multi interception game in four of the seven Eagle games this year.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

Ryan Mathews

Acquired from San Diego in the offseason the running back leads the team with 342 yards rushing on 56 carries for 6.1 yards per attempt. He has three rushing touchdowns and has caught 12 balls out of the backfield for 97 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide out for the Eagles has caught 39 passes for 398 yards and only one touchdown. His 10.2 yards per catch average is almost three yards fewer than last year.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

The veteran signal caller began the season with the Buffalo Bills. He was relegated to the third string as he couldn’t beat out E.J. Manuel on the club. So Dallas picks him up after the injury to Romo. With Weeden ineffective Cassel has started the past two games. He completed 57.7% of his throws for 324 yards with a touchdown and three picks. He threw three picks in his debut with the team two weeks ago at the New York Giants. Last week he completed just 52% of his throws against Seattle for 97 yards.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Darren McFadden

McFadden leads the Cowboys with 86 carries for 345 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging 4 yards a carry.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

Williams has shown some flash catching 20 balls for 313 yards with two touchdowns. The wide out is averaging 15.7 yards per reception.

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QB: Sam Bradford (Eagles)

RB: Darren McFadden (Cowboys)

WR: Jordan Matthews (Eagles)

TE: Zach Ertz (Eagles)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-23-2015

Dallas Cowboys versus New York Giants NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

From the NFC East division the New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys from NFL action on Sunday. Fantasy Football DFS managers can tune to FOX from New York at 4:25PM Eastern Time on October 25th to follow the scoring results of their rosters picks.

This is the second meeting of the year between these two rivals. They opened the season in week one back on September 13th as the Dallas Cowboys pulled out the 27-26 victory at home. The Cowboys were able to outgain the Giants by 147 yards. Tony Romo threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns but had two picks. Romo rallied the team for the game winning touchdown with 7 seconds remaining for the win. The Giants had trouble getting into the end zone by going 1 of 4 inside the red zone.

The New York Giants are on a short week after they traveled to Philadelphia on Monday night and were beaten 27-7. It broke a three game win streak as the club fell to 3-3 in a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East division. In the loss at Philadelphia the Giants offense sputtered with 247 yards. They were outgained by nearly 180 yards by the Eagles offense. New York had trouble with the Eagles run game by allowing 158 rushing yards. The Giants have been very poor defending the pass this year by allowing 298 yards through the air per game ranking 31st and second worst in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys enter play at 2-3 on the year. They were 2-0 with Romo healthy and in the lineup. With Brandon Weeden under center the team has lost three straight. Dallas will make the change and has named Matt Cassel as the starter on Sunday. They come off a bye week after losing at home to New England by the score of 30-6. The Cowboys have fallen to 23rd in the NFL in scoring offense as they push across 20.2 points per game.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The veteran quarterback of the Giants is completing 66% of his throws for 1606 yards with 11 touchdowns and 4 picks. He struggled in the Dallas game in week one with 193 passing yards with no touchdowns and some clock management strategy mistakes late in the game.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

It has not been a good year on the ground for this Giants team as they rush for 3.6 yards a carry. Jennings has 66 rushing attempts for 243 yards and a touchdown. He is rushing for 3.7 yards per attempt on the campaign. In the Philadelphia game last week Jennings had 13 carries for 63 yards. That is the most attempts he has had this year as he loses carries based on his poor production.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr

He leads the Giants receivers in targets by at least twice as many than the closest one. He has been bothered by a hamstring that has forced him to miss practices and is probable for this game.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

Hard to endorse since Cassel couldn’t beat out the contenders for the Buffalo Bills job in the preseason and became expendable. We could understand Cassel not beating out Tyrod Taylor but when E.J. Manuel passed him on the depth chart we have to give a big pass here.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Joseph Randle

The Cowboys running back has 74 carries for 291 yards with one touchdown. He is averaging just 3.9 yards a carry this year.

Dallas Cowboys TE:

Jason Witten

The veteran tight end leads the Cowboys with 30 grabs for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He had five catches but just 33 yards receiving in the loss to New England.

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Dallas Cowboys versus New Orleans Saints

Sunday Night Fantasy Football Picks 10-4-2015

The New Orleans Saints are hosting the Dallas Cowboys from Sunday Night Football. NFL fantasy league GMs can tune to NBC TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on October 4th to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Dallas Cowboys suffered their first loss of the season last week to fall to 2-1. They could not hold a 28-17 halftime lead as they lose 39-28 to the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas was shutout in the second half. The team is trying to navigate through the first half of the season without two injured impact players on their offense. Tony Romo remains sidelined for another seven weeks with a broken collar bone while wide receiver Dez Bryant still will miss several weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Dallas had been playing outstanding defense until the Falcons came into town and lit up the scoreboard as well by producing 158 rushing yards and 280 yards from their passing attack. The Cowboys allowed Atlanta to covert touchdowns in 4 of 5 red zone tries. A positive from the loss is the Cowboys showed improvement from their running game with four rushing touchdowns coming from their running backs. Dallas has dropped to 20th in the league in points allowed by giving up 25 per game.

The New Orleans Saints are a desperate team sitting at 0-3 on the campaign. They have suffered a bad home loss in week two to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have road losses at Arizona in week one and last week lost a 27-22 road decision at Carolina. The Saints had posted an early 10-0 lead on the Panthers but it didn’t hold up as the score was 10-10 at the half. The Panthers held a five point lead late with the Saints on the move in Carolina territory. But an interception thrown by Saints backup quarterback Luke McCown foiled the comeback bid and sent New Orleans to their third consecutive loss of the season. In relief of an injured Drew Brees, McCown went 31 of 38 for 310 yards and a pick. The running game for New Orleans like so much in the past few years did very little to support their passing attack as they ran for 70 yards on 24 carries. On defense New Orleans surrendered 440 yards to the Carolina offense with 312 yards passing. The Saints are 29th and fourth last in the NFL in yards allowed this year at 397 per game. They rank near the bottom of the league in several key defensive categories this year like passing and rushing yards allowed as well as points allowed by giving up 28 a game. Drew Brees has been listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Brandon Weeden

The backup for the Cowboys has completed 87% of his passes this year for 305 yards with a touchdown and pick. Weeden does get the benefit of passing against a bad defense in the Saints.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Joseph Randle

The Dallas third year back had his best game of the season last week by rushing for 87 yards on 14 carries against the Falcons with three touchdowns and 6.2 yards per carry average.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

Williams leads the wide receivers with nine catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. He was no factor in week three with no catches. He is no Dez Bryant by a longshot.

Dallas Cowboys TE:

Jason Witten

The veteran tight end has six catches last week for 65 yards. Look for Witten to get targeted heavily on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

The Saints usually get fired up at home for prime time games. Brees on the year is hitting on 62% of his throws for 610 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He has had a touchdown pass and interception in each of his two games.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

Ingram has run the ball 39 times for 127 yards with two touchdowns. His 3.3 yards per carry average is a major concern moving forward. In the passing game he has 16 catches for 152 yards.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Brandin Cooks

The Saints second year wide out leads the unit in targets with 23. He has caught 16 balls for 190 yards but is still looking for his first touchdown this season.

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QB: Drew Brees (Saints)

RB: Joseph Randle (Cowboys)

WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints), Terrance Williams (Cowboys)

TE: Jason Witten (Cowboys)

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