Sunday Night Preview
Sunday Night Preview:
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Vegas Odds: PHI -10.5, O/U 43
Carson Wentz has been very up and down with efficiency and overall effectiveness, but from a fantasy perspective he’s been pretty solid. After duds in his first 2 games he’s actually put up more points since injuries started ravaging the weapons and offense line around him. Overall he’s averaging 251 yards per game with 10 TDs to 10 INTs, but has salvaged his season and our lineups with 5 rushing scores. He is our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked #7 QB for the week. Playing against this Dallas defense is one of the best setups for your fantasy players in the NFL. The deflated Cowboys list Andy Dalton as doubtful for this contest due to concussion protocol, leaving unknown rookie Ben NiDucci as their 1 week ship captain. Dalton struggled mightily behind their patchwork OLine, leaving little hope for the freshmen to find much success. He is outside of our top 20, although if he can feed this receiving corp anything can happen.
Ezekiel Elliott has been (not surprisingly) struggling since the injuries to Dak Prescott and his blockers up front. His last two games have been his least productive, failing to crack 50 rushing yards or get into the end zone. Philly presents a stiff test as well, ranking 26th in RB points allowed. We have Zeke as our RB #7 as he is one of the few workhorse roles left out there, but he will need to show a connection with his new QB in the receiving game to continue being a weekly RB1. It might be a good week to avoid him in daily leagues. His backup Tony Pollard remains one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy but remains outside of our top 40 this week. Speaking of valuable handcuffs if you scored Miles Sanders’ backup Boston Scott you are a fortunate soul. Scott delivered last week and is in place to produce for likely his last start of the season. Dallas is giving up the 9th most points to backs this year, leaving ample room for success. Scott is our #13 RB. His teammate Corey Clement is outside of our top 40 but isn’t the worst emergency flex in deep leagues.
This game is very difficult to rank pass catchers. Dallas has probably the best WR group in the league while playing with probably the worst QB/OLine combination as well. For this week only we are staying away from them with Dalton out of the lineup. Amari Cooper is our #27 WR despite being on pace for his best season as a pro. Expect him back into the top 20 next week. Meanwhile we have CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup outside of our top 40. You can certainly play them if you don’t have anyone else but just know the risk of a complete dud is higher than it has been all year. They remain immensely talented and will be usable again soon though. For Philly it has been a revolving door out there of contributors that is starting to finally getting healthier. Surprise breakout playmaker Travis Fulgham (3 TD the last 4 games) has operated as their #1 option, and is our WR #15 in this juicy matchup. Greg Ward has manned the other starting role this year but is likely done producing much now that rookie first round pick Jalen Reagor is making his return from injury. Reagor could definitely have a solid stat line if they give him the full time role, which is expected. Consider him a semi risky WR3 or flex play tonight and potentially the new lead dog in the group for the rest of the season.
Dalton Schultz had a short run of success early on into the season, but that run has turned into more of a stroll. He is not a great play looking into the future until the offense stabilizes, which may never happen without Dak. For the Eagles it’s like Christmas morning with the return of both Reagor and Dallas Goedert. Goedert exploded Week 1 for 8/101/TD before battling injuries shortly after. Expect him to be a strong TE1 play for now and into the future, especially with Zach Ertz still out. Richard Rogers is no longer anything but a TE handcuff if you’re into that wild lifestyle.