Fantasy Football 2014: Redskins at Cowboys 10/27/14 Week 8 Preview
Washington Redskins (2-5) at Dallas Cowboys (6-1)
Finishing up the Week 8 NFL action this week on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got a big NFC East battle on tap between the Cowboys and the Redskins. Dallas (6-1) is coming off a convincing victory over the Giants that further cemented their division lead, while Washington (2-5) got a big win over the Titans in Week 7.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy players out on the field for this one, so with that in mind let’s take a look at a few key names on both sides to see if we can figure out what to be expecting on our rosters.
Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins: The QB situation in Washington has been one big mess this year, and it only got stickier in Week 7. After starter Kirk Cousins was ineffective in the first half, third-stringer McCoy came off the bench in relief, promptly leading his team to a turnaround victory.
There’s still a (remote) chance RG3 makes it back for this one, but it’s looking like McCoy will be the guy. Needless to say, he won’t make much of an impact in fantasy.
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Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: We’ve admittedly been a little harsh on Romo this season, but he’s proven us wrong time and time again. He dropped three touchdown passes on the Giants, making it five straight weeks he’s thrown for multiple scores.
Romo is benefiting from a stellar running game (more on that in a second), and has some big-time weapons at his disposal. He’s rapidly developing into a mid-level starter in fantasy.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Morris’ stock has plummeted in recent weeks, thanks to an inability to make an impact in the passing game on a team usually playing in come-from-behind mode. He has just 44 rushes for 124 yards and no touchdowns in the last three weeks combined.
With McCoy at the helm this week, a lot of people are expecting Roy Helu to make a bigger impact. If that’s the case, Morris should fall even further down the rankings. If you’re an owner, just hope he gets into the end zone.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Now let’s get to that stellar Cowboys running game. Murray is thriving behind a tough offensive line and has hit the century mark in every single game this season. Against the Giants, he was good for 128 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Murray owners should be on cloud nine right now, especially looking at Dallas’ upcoming schedule. As long as he stays healthy, Murray is in for a year for the history books.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: After bouncing back from a crummy Week 4 performance to record eight grabs for 272 yards and two scores in the next two games, Jackson regressed again with Tennessee. He posted just three catches for 49 yards, and the outlook doesn’t get a whole lot better this week.
McCoy’s strengths don’t lie with the deep ball, so we might be missing on those big boom-or-bust plays with Jackson. Still, considering how explosive he is it’s hard to bench him in fantasy.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Another beneficiary of that awesome Dallas running game has been Bryant, who is seeing a lot more man coverage with the loaded box. He went off for nine grabs and 151 yards against the Giants, and even though he didn’t find the end zone it was still a double-digit fantasy day.
Since Week 2, Bryant has at least 10 fantasy points in all but one outing. He’s Romo’s go-to guy and will certainly get the targets in this promising matchup.
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