Fantasy Football 2014: Cowboys at Eagles 12/14/14 Week 15 Preview
Dallas Cowboys (9-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)
Sunday, December 14, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
We’ve got a big-time, triple-platinum matchup coming our way on the Week 15 installment of “Sunday Night Football” when the Cowboys visit the Eagles. Dallas (9-4) is coming off a big win over the Bears last Thursday, while Philadelphia (9-4) took a tough loss to the Seahawks in Week 14. Both teams need a win to maintain divisional (and perhaps playoff) position.
There will be key fantasy players all over the place in this one, and the stakes will be high in the second week of the playoffs in many fantasy leagues. Let’s check out a few of the important names on both sides to see what we should be expecting.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo posted a horrid performance two weeks back when the Cowboys hosted the Eagles (199 yards; two picks), but bounced back with a nice one in Chicago. He had 205 yards and three touchdowns in that one.
The main concern for Romo owners is obviously his health. The extended rest will do him some good, but it’s hard trusting him with that torn cartilage and back issue.
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Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Sanchez didn’t do so well against the Seahawks. He went just 10-of-20 for 96 yards and a pick, but also had two touchdowns. He was sacked three times the defeat.
Sanchez has fallen off a bit the last three weeks. He had just one touchdown and 217 yards in the last meeting against the Cowboys. We wouldn’t expect much more than a couple of scores at best here.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Murray was incredible once again against the Bears, piling up 179 yards rushing and another 49 through the air. He’s now gone over 100 combined yards from scrimmage in four straight games.
If you’ve got Murray in your fantasy lineup, chances are you’re still in the fantasy running. There’s no reason to doubt him moving forward, as he’s one of the most automatic, no-duh starts out there.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: McCoy was an absolute bust in Week 14 against the Seahawks. He carried 17 times for 50 yards and didn’t get a target in the passing game. What’s worse, he lost a fumble as well.
That sour outing brings an end to three straight 100-combined-yard performances from McCoy. Still, you’ve got to roll with him if you’ve got him. He had 159 yards and a score against the Cowboys last time.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Bryant racked up a lot of targets against the Bears, but didn’t get into the end zone. He had six receptions and 82 yards, however, for a decent outing.
Bryant hasn’t scored since Nov. 23, when he capped of a run of six touchdowns in four games. He put up four grabs for 73 yards last time against Philly and will be looking to get his touchdown streak going once again.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: A lot of fantasy owners probably sat Maclin this past week, given the fact that he was under Richard Sherman’s care. That was partly wise, as he notched just three grabs for 21 yards. He did manage to score on one of those passes, though, so it wasn’t a wasted afternoon.
Maclin put up eight catches for 108 yards against the Cowboys last time, so he’ll probably have an easier time getting downfield here.
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