Fantasy Football 2013: Cowboys at Saints Week 10 Preview
Dallas Cowboys (5-4) at New Orleans Saints (6-2)
Sunday, November 10, 2013: 8:30 PM (ET)
Coming our way on the Week 10 edition of “Sunday Night Football” will be a pretty good matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys (5-4) are fresh off a come-from-behind win over the Vikings in Week 9, while the Saints (6-2) sputtered offensively in a six-point loss to the Jets. This game features two high-level NFL quarterbacks, so there should be plenty of fireworks to go around.
The matchup will also have some significant effects on our fantasy lineups, so let’s take a closer look at the noteworthy players on both sides to try and get a feel for what we should be expecting from our rosters.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Even though a costly late interception nearly blew the game, Romo still willed his team to a win in Week 9. The Cowboys relied almost exclusively on his arm, ending with a 34-of-51 line for 337 yards, two touchdowns and the pick. That makes five touchdowns and one interception in the last two weeks for Romo, which is a nice bounce-back after just two touchdowns and three picks in the two weeks before that. He might have a little more trouble with this Saints defense, but he should still post some decent numbers.
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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees had an up-and-down statistical performance in the loss against the Jets, which was quite a letdown after his five-TD mark the week before. He posted a 30-of-51 line for 382 yards and two touchdowns, but also had a pair of interceptions. Brees was the victim of a couple of unfortunate injuries and misplayed balls by his receivers, so he could have had an even better day. Regardless, he’s a top-two fantasy quarterback and should be great against Dallas.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Fantasy owners who were happy to get Murray back in Week 9 after a pair of missed games didn’t get too much out of him. He only got four rush attempts, as the Cowboys completely abandoned that portion of the game. On the bright side, he did manage 50 total yards, so it definitely could have been worse. The speculation is that Dallas was taking it easy on him as he worked his way back from his knee injury, so hopefully we’ll see more out of Murray this week. The formula for beating the Saints seems to be running the ball, so that’s a good sign for his owners.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: With Darren Sproles out with an injury, Thomas got the bulk of the RB work for the Saints (on second thought, he gets the bulk of the work even when Sproles is in there, but we digress). He got just 25 rush yards on six carries, but made up for it with 66 receiving yards on seven grabs. He still doesn’t have a rush touchdown this year, though. Sproles has a concussion, so we’re not too optimistic about his availability this week. That means Thomas will get all the work once again, so he’s a solid start in fantasy.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Were it not for a clutch catch-and-run on a slant play in the fourth quarter, we’d be talking about what a crummy game Bryant had. He notched 64 yards on six grabs, but 34 of those came on the one play. The much-talked-about attitude came out to play as well; Bryant was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty in the third quarter for arguing a call. That said, he’s the most explosive player on the Cowboys team, and there’s no way you’re taking him out of your lineup. He should bounce back this week.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham has been playing injured for the past couple of weeks, but you’d hardly notice it by looking at his lines. He managed another two-touchdown game against the Jets--his second in a row--with a nine-grab, 116-yard performance. It was his fourth multi-TD outing of the year. Even injured, Graham is hands-down the most dominant TE in the league, and he’ll be making a lot of owners happy this weekend.
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