Falcons vs Buccaneers

The Falcons may own the NFL’s top-ranked offense, but the Buccaneers have had their number with Jameis Winston under center. The former Heisman Trophy recipient will attempt to get a second series sweep against Atlanta in as many seasons. The division rivals clash at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday night (Enter Contest)

On Sunday, Winston managed to get two touchdown in the loss against Oakland. He was able to toss four scoring passes during the season-opening victory over Atlanta on September 11.  Trusted target Mike Evans reeled in a scoring strike against the Falcons. His six touchdown receptions are tied for the NFL lead. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan continued his stellar season with three touchdown passes in Sunday’s 33-32 victory over Green Bay. An 11-yard scoring strike to offseason acquisition Mohamed Sanu capped his 32nd career game-winning drive. Ryan, who leads the league in both yards (2,636) and touchdowns (19), has thrown for 1,000 yards and five scores in his last three encounters with Tampa Bay. He will face a Buccaneers defense that ranks 23rd in the league (274.7 yards per contest).

ABOUT THE FALCONS (5-3)

The Falcons leads the NFC South standings. Julio Jones has amassed an NFC-best 859 yards and is averaging 20.0 yards per catch, but the electric wideout finished with 29 yards receiving this past week for the second time this season. He was hobbled by an ailing knee. Jones is expected to play on Thursday. Running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is listed as questionable after sitting out last week’s tilt versus the Packers. Devonta Freeman more than picked up the slack with a rushing and receiving touchdown last week. He has 100-plus scrimmage yards in two of his last three contests, although he was limited to just 20 yards on 11 carries in the season-opening loss. Austin Hooper made five receptions for 41 yards during week 8 of the NFL in place of fellow tight end Jacob Tamme (shoulder), who has been ruled out versus Tampa Bay.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-4)

While Tampa Bay’s passing game is pretty well defined, the backfield has remained in motion through most of the season due to injury. Jacquizz Rodgers filled in admirably for Doug Martin (hamstring) before sustaining a sprained foot versus the Raiders. This injury will keep him out of Thursday game. It will open the door for a three-man backfield of Antone Smith, Peyton Barber and Mike James. Linebacker Kwon Alexander recorded 14 tackles versus Oakland last week, his highest total since collecting 17 in the season opener at Atlanta. The Bucs acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft from Detroit for corneback Johnthan Banks on Tuesday.

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Sunday’s Fantasy Football Players to Watch – NFL Week 7

The NFL goes in it’s 7th week of play. Sunday’s action starts in London with the Giants taking on the Rams (Enter Contests). The Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers will enter their bye weeks. Here are the names that are down for big results this weekend for fantasy football.

QB Matt Ryan & WR Julio Jones – Atlanta Flacons (vs SD)

Atlanta boasts the league’s top offense, averaging 441.5 total yards and 33.2 points, but has failed to hit either mark in the last two games. Ryan and Julio Jones have developed into the league’s most prolific passing duo. Ryan has averaged 369.3 passing yards and thrown nine touchdown passes over his last four home games.

QB Derek Carr, WR Michael Crabtree & WR Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (at JAX)

The trio of Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper continue to carry Oakland offensively. The quarterback enters Week 7 tied for fifth in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes and has thrown only three interceptions, which is a league-low among signal-callers with at least 225 passing attempts. Crabtree shares the league lead with five receiving TDs and Cooper is averaging 16.3 yards per catch while ranking fourth with 585 overall. Cooper is seeking his third straight overall contest with at least 100 receiving yards. Expect the Raiders to be pumped up, as it is coach Jack Del Rio first return to Jacksonville since being fired as the Jaguars’ coach in 2011.

QB Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams (vs NYG in London)

Los Angeles’ big problem at the beginning of the season was the offense, but quarterback Case Keenum and company have been doing more than enough to win of late. Keenum threw for 321 yards and completed 19 straight passes at one point against Detroit last week.

TE Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (vs CLE)

One of the biggest issues for Cincinnati has been its struggles in the end zone, a problem that could be rectified with the potential season debut of tight end Tyler Eifert, who hauled in 13 touchdown passes last season. Three of them came in one game versus Cleveland.

TE Hunter Henry – San Diego Thunder (at ATL)

San Diego TE Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games.

RB David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (vs SEA)

Arizona featured one of the league’s top passing attacks last season, but second-year running back David Johnson has altered the team’s offensive identity by rushing for 268 yards and five touchdowns over the past two games, giving him a league-best eight scores on the ground. Johnson could be in for a heavy workload if the Cardinals have to turn to Drew Stanton, who threw for 124 yards on 11-of-28 passing in place of Palmer in a Week 5 win at San Francisco. The running back is the first player in franchise history with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the season’s first six games.

 

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NFL Pro Bowl Preview

The Pro Bowl is a hard event to predict. Just because a player does well in a certain type of offense in the regular season does not guarantee they will be effective in the Pro Bowl. The opposite is true as well when a player is used to being the target of a subpar quarterback for example. Lets look at the lineups and determine where value may be attained in order to maximize your chances in Fanpicks Pro Bowl Daily Fantasy Tournaments this weekend.

 

Team Rice

 

PlayerName Position
Derek Carr QB
Eli Manning QB
Tyrod Taylor QB
Chris Ivory RB
John Kuhn RB
Doug Martin RB
Adrian Peterson RB
Odell Beckham WR
Amari Cooper WR
T.Y. Hilton WR
Jarvis Landry WR
Gary Barnidge TE
Travis Kelce TE

 

As the Pro Bowl goes, each of the quarterbacks on each time will likely see some play time, with the more effective ones seeing more minutes. Eli Manning is the clear leader here in terms of passing but if the pass game is ineffective, it is very likely Tyrod could take over duties given his mobility and speed.

 

As far as receivers go, both Carr and Manning have their primary targets during the regular season, Cooper and Beckham respectively, so you can expect some good synergy between them. I think Hilton however, is the receiver to look out for on Team Rice. He may get less attention from the coverage and although he put up lackluster numbers during the season, with Manning or Carr throwing to him, he may be able to put together a big game. He is my sleeper pick on team Rice.

 

Team Irvine

 

PlayerName Position
Teddy Bridgewater QB
Russell Wilson QB
Jameis Winston QB
Patrick DiMarco RB
Devonta Freeman RB
Todd Gurley RB
Latavius Murray RB
A.J. Green WR
DeAndre Hopkins WR
Julio Jones WR
Allen Robinson WR
Tyler Eifert TE
Delanie Walker TE

 

 Team Irvine is made up somewhat differently, mostly because their quarterback roster is all three players who have proven to be effective with both their arms and their legs. My bet would be that Wilson gets the most play time and should have no problem passing the ball with a stronger receiving squad.

 

Julio Jones and Hopkins should be the main targets but Green and Robinson are both very effective at getting downfield and open. Without a Bortles/Roethlisberger/Cousins type quarterback who loves chucking the ball downfield though, Green and Robinson may not be able to put up the numbers they are used to. Whoever the quarterback here, I expect them to play the short game with Julio, Hopkins, Eifert, and Walker while giving Freeman and Gurley plenty of rush attempts.

 

My strategy is Running backs and Tight ends from Team Irvine and Quarterback and Receiver stacks from Team Rice.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 1-3-2016

New England Patriots versus Miami Dolphins NFL Fantasy Real Money Preview 1-3-2016

Two AFC East division rivals meet in Week 17 as the Miami Dolphins will host the New England Patriots. NFL fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV on Sunday January 3rd at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their one day real money leagues.

New England has plenty on the line as they travel to Miami on Sunday. With a victory the Patriots will earn home field advantage for the entire AFC playoffs. Despite suffering through numerous injuries to their wide receiver position the New England Patriots are still sitting second in the NFL in passing offense as they throw for 297 yards per game. They don’t run the ball very much at 89 yards average per game which is 29th in the league.

The Miami Dolphins have the look of a team that will not show up to play on Sunday. Many of their coaches on the staff will likely not return for next season including the interim head coach. The defense has not performed well for Miami as the team sits 27th in the league by allowing 388 yards per game. Facing teams in recent games with opponents starting quarterback uninjured; the Dolphins surrendered 30 points at San Diego, 31 points to the New York Giants, 38 points at the New York Jets, 33 points at Buffalo and 36 points in their first meeting against the Patriots.

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

The Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is heavily targeted in the passing game by Tom Brady. Everyone knows that Gronkowski will be getting tons of passes his way but opponents have very little success defending the big tight end. He had one of his best games of 2015 against the Miami Dolphins with six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown averaging 18.8 yards per reception. With the Dolphins appearing to checking out on the season look for Gronkowski to put up some huge numbers on Sunday for daily fantasy league roster owners.

Play Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots TE

New Orleans Saints versus Atlanta Falcons NFL Fantasy Preview 1-3-2016

The Atlanta Falcons will look to finish their season with a winning record as they host the New Orleans Saints. These NFC South rivals get things going from Atlanta at 1PM Eastern Time and DFS draft GMs can tune to FOX TV to follow the results of their fantasy football roster picks.

The Atlanta Falcons appear as a team that has not given up on their season. Rookie head coach Dan Quinn can finish with a winning 9-7 record with a victory against one of their hated rivals on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons sit sixth in the NFL in passing offense by tossing for 270 yards per game.

The Saints are going through another down season by entering the finale with a 6-9 record. The play on defense has been atrocious as they sit 31st by allowing 413 yards per game. New Orleans is 32nd and worst in the NFL in scoring defense as they give up 30.6 points per game to their opponents. In recent games the Saints allowed 47 at Washington, 41 home to Carolina and 35 points home to Detroit.

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones is having a fantastic year with 127 catches for 1722 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 178 receiving yards last week at home to Carolina.

Play Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons WR

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will look to close the season in high style with some stat padding to his 2015 campaign. Ryan has thrown for 4257 yards and 19 touchdowns and is licking his chops to pass against a bad Saints defense.

Play Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons QB

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NFL Week 17 Stacks to look out for

Choosing your stack in week 17 is a difficult thing to do. Most playoff implications are already determined so a Cam Newton/Ted Ginn stack will not be beneficial, even against the Bucs. The other side is true as well, even against the Saints defense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may not bring full effort with nothing on the line.

Stafford and Johnson Stack

While Calvin Johnson has been very unproductive lately, catching only one pass in each week 14 and 15, he has since turned things around with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. While not huge fantasy value, this is a good sign going into week 17 against the Bears. While neither team has much to play for, Stafford and Johnson may be able to load up on the garbage time points.

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

While the Giants don’t have anything on the line this week against the Eagles, Odell could be looking to have a big game after his week 16 suspension. The Eli Manning and Odell Beckham connection is one of the most dangerous in the NFL, and facing the Eagles poor secondary, they will connect for more than a couple long balls.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

After two consecutive high scoring weeks between these two, it may be too much to ask for another one. Reed has shown to be the Redskins top receiver scoring 4 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks. Although they have locked up their spot in the playoffs, they may come out strong against the Cowboys before starting to rest up starters.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones

This stack is somewhat risky with both of these two showing poor performances as of late. After a strong start to the season, the Falcons seem to be falling apart. They however did upset the undefeated Panthers last week, moving in a positive direction for these two players. We all know how valuable this stack can be when they are both on their game. Plus, with the Saints secondary on pass coverage, Julio should not have much opposition.

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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-26-2015

New York Giants versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Fantasy Preview 12-27-2015

The Sunday Night Football game will feature the Minnesota Vikings facing the New York Giants. NFL fantasy draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on Sunday December 27th to track the scoring results of their one day league real money picks.

When the Giants take the field on Sunday night they will know if they are still in the hunt for an NFC East division title. A Washington Redskins victory on Saturday will eliminate the Giants from the playoffs. Don’t get caught up too much on that. Under head coach Tom Coughlin the team has shown the professionalism to play hard even when games are meaningless. New York has a very good offense ranking sixth in the NFL in both scoring and passing offense. They throw for 270 yards and average 26.6 points per game. At issue for New York is they will be without their huge playmaker on offense as wide receiver Odell Beckham has been suspended for one game and will miss Sunday night’s game. The Giants are the worst defensive team in the NFL. They allow 308 yards passing per game which is 32nd and last in the league.

Minnesota has defended the pass very well ranking seventh in the league. With Odell Beckham gone and a bad running game for the Giants it could give the Vikings some looks to take on defense. Expect the Giants to spread the ball out to their receivers, tight ends and backs and it’s hard to make a case for the Vikings defense or any of the Giants offensive weapons.

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

Teddy Bridgewater is going to pass against the worst defense in the NFL. He is coming off one of his best games of his two year career as he threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns in a win against the Bears. Two weeks ago at Arizona, it as Bridgewater throwing for a touchdown and 335 yards on the road against a very good defensive team.

Play on Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings QB

Carolina Panthers versus Atlanta Falcons NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-27-2015

The Atlanta Falcons are clinging to their slim playoff hopes as the host the Carolina Panthers. Fantasy football draft managers can check out FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday December 27th the following the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Carolina Panthers are 14-0 and had to hold off some tough challenges by the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants in recent weeks. The Panthers defense allowed 35 points at New Orleans and 35 points at the New York Giants over their past two games. The Falcons are looking to get some revenge from an embarrassing 38-0 loss at Carolina. Atlanta has moved the football effectively this year by averaging 268 yards per game through the air ranking seventh best in the NFL.

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

The Panthers have shown vulnerability in pass coverage allowing some big plays on the road for touchdowns and long gains. Julio Jones leads the Panthers with 118 catches for 1544 yards and will have a career high in both categories once the regular season ends. Jones is coming off a nice outing at Jacksonville last week with nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. He has seven receptions or greater in seven of his past eight games.

Play Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons WR

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen continues to lead the Panthers with 71 catches for 1048 yard with seven touchdowns. He caught six balls for 79 yards and a touchdown last week at the Giants. He is the main man for Newton to go to in the red zone.

Play Greg Olsen

Carolina Panthers TE

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Atlanta Falcons versus New Orleans Saints Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-15-2015

Thursday Night Football has two rivals from the NFC South going head to head as the New Orleans Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons. NFL fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 15th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

Many had pegged the Falcons to be a turnaround team with the head coaching change during the offseason. Atlanta is now 5-0 after they got past the Washington Redskins at home in overtime on Sunday afternoon. The win came from their defense as Robert Alford intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass and returned it 59 yards for the overtime game winning touchdown. The Falcons moved the football last week with 408 total yards with 176 coming from their ground game. Atlanta did a good job defensively last week against the good Washington run game by limiting the Redskins to just 51 yards rushing on their 24 attempts for just about two yards a carry. On the season the Atlanta Falcons are third in the league in scoring offense as they produce 32 points per game on the season. The Falcons are the top rush defense in the NFL and sit in the middle of the league in scoring defense by giving up 22.4 points per game on the season.

The New Orleans Saints were pegged as a team on the decline by many industry pundits. So far the critics have been right about this team as they enter this home date with a 1-4 record. Their only win came at home in overtime to a Dallas Cowboys team without their starting quarterback Tony Romo and top playmaker in the passing game in Dez Bryant. They traveled to Philadelphia last week and were routed 39-17 in a game where they turned it over four times. The Saints defense was ripped by the Eagles offense for 519 yards with 186 yards rushing by Philadelphia. On the year the Saints are the worst defense in the NFL by surrendering an average of 409 yards per game to their opponents. New Orleans still hasn’t been able to get a run game to support their passing game. The Saints rush for 85 yards a game which is 29th in the league.

Atlanta Falcons QB:

Matt Ryan

The veteran quarterback has hit on 65% of his throws this year with six touchdowns and four picks. He had his worst game of the year against a good defensive team in Washington and completed 57% of his throws for 254 yards with no touchdowns and two picks. A check of the odds for this game and we see an over under line of 51 points which is high for a Thursday night game with little rest and prep time. Still the oddsmakers think this will be a high scoring game so Ryan could provide value on one day fantasy leagues.

Atlanta Falcons RB:

Devonta Freeman

There were some whispers that rookie Tevin Coleman would take away carries from Freeman. Devonta Freeman had his best game of the year last week with 153 yards rushing on 27 carries and a touchdown. Prior to that performance he had nearly five yards a carry in the home win to Houston.

Atlanta Falcons WR:

Julio Jones

Health has always been an issue for the Falcons star wide out. He leads the team with 43 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns. Jones is without touchdown reception the past two games.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

Brees has hit on 66% of his throws this year for 1304 yards with six touchdowns and three picks. He threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns last week in the loss to Philadelphia.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Mark Ingram

The veteran back leads New Orleans with 68 rushes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He has yet to rush for 100 yards this season with his high just 77 yards. Ingram is running for just 3.8 yards a carry.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Willie Snead

Seeing his first year on the field Snead leads the Saints with 22 catches for 381 yards and a touchdown. He caught six balls last week against the Eagles for 141 yards.

NFL Thursday Night Football Cash League Fantasy Picks

QB: Matt Ryan (Falcons)

RB: Devonta Freeman (Falcons)

WR: Julio Jones (Falcons), Willie Snead (Saints)

TE: Benjamin Watson (Saints)

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Atlanta Falcons versus Dallas Cowboys NFL Fantasy Football Preview

NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 9-24-2015

Two NFC undefeated teams square off as the Dallas Cowboys will meet the Atlanta Falcons. NFL fantasy draft managers can tune to FOX on Sunday September 27th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Many had pegged a turnaround in 2015 for the Atlanta Falcons. They cited the positive coaching change and good health of the squad. Also an NFC South division that saw weaknesses with Tampa Bay overall, as well as the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints offenses suffering player turnover via injury and free agency. Atlanta has picked up wins against the Eagles and Giants to open up at 2-0 on the year. The team has been throwing the ball effectively at 318 yards passing per game good for third best in the NFL. Defense will be the issue for this club. Can they improve that pass rush that has been the cry from critics for years. They played pass happy teams early in the Cowboys and Eagles so they rank 29th against the pass by allowing 313 yards a game. But something that gives this unit some hope for improvement is they are giving up 22 points a game ranking 13th best in football. That is a step in the right direction for this franchise.

The Dallas Cowboys are a 2-0 team. They have two victories and no defeats both sparked by outstanding defensive efforts against the Cowboys and Eagles. Last week against Philadelphia the Dallas defense limited Philadelphia to just 10 points total. The Cowboys sit third best in total defense, ninth best against the pass and are tops in defending the run. The team allows just 18 points a game ranking sixth best in football. But there are major injury issues on the offensive side of the football to two very important players. Dez Bryant has a broken foot and is out for over a month. Last week in the win against Philadelphia Tony Romo got a broken collar bone and is sidelined for 8-10 weeks.

Atlanta Falcons QB:

Matt Ryan

Ryan is hitting on 66% of his throws on the year with three touchdowns and two picks. Last week against the Giants the veteran signal caller completed 30 of 46 throws for 363 yards with a touchdown.

Atlanta Falcons RB:

Tevin Coleman

This is an area for the Falcons where improvement was needed from previous years. The running game has been pretty much non-existed for the team preventing them from running clock with leads in the second half. Coleman was drafted from Indiana to help and the rookie has rushed for 112 yards on 29 carries for 3.9 yards per run with a touchdown.

Atlanta Falcons WR:

Julio Jones

Julio is healthy and leads the club in targets and receptions by far. He has 22 catches for 276 yards with two touchdowns and a long gain of 44 yards. He has two grabs for 20 or greater yards.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Brandon Weeden

Cowboy backup has been inserted in a starting role with Romo sidelined. Last week he hit on 7 of 7 throws for 73 yards with a touchdown. He spent much of his career with Cleveland putting up some very poor stats with lack of talent for him to pass too.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Joseph Randle

This was sore spot entering the season and still is in week three. Randle is getting most of the work and has 116 rushing yards on 34 carries for just 3.4 yards a carry.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

With Bryant out, its Terrance Williams leading the Cowboys with 144 receiving yards and nine catches. He has one touchdown and two receptions for over twenty yards.

Dallas Cowboys TE:

Jason Witten

The dependable veteran tight end leads the Cowboys with 15 catches and two touchdowns on the campaign. He has 116 receiving yards.

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Atlanta Falcons versus New York Giants NFL Fantasy Preview

It will be a short week for the Atlanta Falcons as they travel to meet the New York Giants on Sunday September 20th at 1PM Eastern Time on FOX.

The teams met in the 2014 season with the Giants posting the 30-20 home win despite being outgained by 80 yards. Matt Ryan threw for 316 yards with a touchdown and pick in a losing effort.

The Falcons are 1-0 after a Monday Night victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a very good defensive performance by Atlanta in the first half as they limited Philadelphia to just three first half points and forced a key turnover late in the game to seal the win. Bad news for Atlanta is they had no sacks as quarterback pressure has been an issue for years for this club.

The New York Giants faced a division rival Dallas Cowboys on the road last week on Sunday Night Football and lost 27-26. New York was outgained by 147 yards in defeat and was competitive as they forced three Cowboys turnovers and committed none for a +3 margin in the game. There were mental errors for the team down the stretch with clock management issues that allowed Dallas extra time to hit the game winning touchdown with seven seconds remaining.

Atlanta Falcons QB:

Matt Ryan

In the opener Ryan completed 23 of 34 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. The key to Ryan for one day fantasy football leagues is the health of Julio Jones. Draft GM’s would like to see him throw downfield more because in the past there were a lot of short intermediate route passes made.

Atlanta Falcons RB:

Tevin Coleman

The rookie out of Indiana saw most of the carries in week one as he rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries. He had a 20 yard gain and ran for two first downs. Coleman was not targeted in the passing game last week.

Atlanta Falcons WR:

Julio Jones

The main target for the Falcons had nine catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury leading up to this contest and is questionable for Sunday. He averaged 15.7 yards a catch last week and had eight first down receptions.

Roddy White

Second in receptions last week with four catches Roddy White had 84 receiving yards and an impressive three catches for 20 or more yards.

New York Giants QB

Eli Manning

The 12th year veteran got his contract extension with big money. His leadership down the stretch of the Cowboys loss is in question after he botched clock management issues to protect a three point lead. The stats from week one read 20 of 36 throws for 193 yards with no touchdowns and no picks. Manning is throwing against a Falcons team that had no sacks last week and has a history of not putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Eli is very inconsistent and the Falcons gave up 21 second half points last week. Maybe Chip Kelly’s second half adjustments can be utilized by the Giants here and the good Eli Manning shows up on Sunday. Sam Bradford did throw for over 300 yards last week against the Atlanta defense.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

The veteran Jennings had 13 carries for 52 yards with a rushing touchdown. He had a 27 yard rushing touchdown in week one. Giants are moving away from the run and are pass heavy.

Shane Vereen

Acquired in free agency there was some excitement with Vereen in this new offense. It may take time for the chemistry to work between Vereen and Manning.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

The second year man had the most targets in week one and caught five passes for 44 yards. His longest catch was 16 yards and not many big plays. That was with no Victor Cruz in the lineup. Cruz is bothered by a calf injury and is questionable.

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