Fantasy Football 2015: Cowboys at Redskins Week 13 Preview
Dallas Cowboys (3-8) at Washington Redskins (5-6)
Monday, December 7, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 13 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC East matchup looming between the Cowboys and the Redskins. Dallas (3-8) is coming off a crippling loss to the Panthers, while Washington (5-6) got themselves right back in the divisional picture with a win over the Giants in Week 12.
Let’s check out a few of the notable fantasy football players on both sides here and see what we can be expecting from our rosters in Week 13.
Matt Cassel, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Now that Tony Romo is down for the count with another shoulder injury, it’s the Matt Cassel era (again) in Dallas. He played well in garbage time on Thanksgiving, posting 93 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-19 passing.
That said, Cassel has really only had one good fantasy week this year: a 299-yard, 3-TD effort against Philly. He’s not a recommended fantasy play unless you’re scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel.
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Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins has been playing surprisingly well for the most part this season, and that continued with a 20-of-29 effort against the Giants that yielded 302 pass yards and a TD. He also scored on the ground.
Cousins has just two weeks where he’s thrown more than one passing touchdown, but the good news is that he hasn’t come up empty yet this year. He’s actually not a bad low-end fantasy play if you need him.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: McFadden had an awful week against the Panthers, but you can credit most of that to Carolina’s elite D. He posted just 11 yards on 10 carries in that one, but did get four catches for 45 yards and a 2-point conversion.
The numbers actually look pretty favorable for McFadden coming into the Redskins game, as Washington struggles against the run. He’s an RB2 or so.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Morris got over a rib injury in time to play against the Giants, and he came away with a nice game. He logged 23 rushes for 78 yards and caught a 12-yard pass in the win.
The Morris-Jones dichotomy will depend on game-flow for the most part, but Morris probably has a slight edge. He’s a low-end flex or RB3 for this one and could sink or swim.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Bryant had a simply awful line against the Panthers, catching just two of eight targets for a lowly 26 yards. It was his second-lowest yardage output of the year, and tied for his lowest catch total.
Fantasy owners can pretty much chalk Bryant up as a lost cause. He’s had one game of more than 48 yards, and just two double-digit scoring outings. That makes him nothing more than a low-end play.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Reed had a slow (and penalty-filled) start against the Giants, but came away with a nice line. He put up eight catches on nine targets for 98 yards and nearly scored again.
Reed hasn’t found the end zone in two games, but remains high on the usage list in the Redskins’ offense. He should get plenty of work here and remains a TE1 for Week 13.
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