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2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DIVSIONAL PREVIEW – NFC EAST

By Des Boodam

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

  • Over/Under: 10.5
  • 2017 Record: 13-3
  • Fantasy Stud: Alshon Jeffery
  • Fantasy Bounce Back: Zach Ertz
  • Fantasy Injury Watch: Carson Wentz
  • Fantasy Plague Play: Mike Wallace
  • Fantasy Value Play: Corey Clement

 

PREDICTION: I love this offense this year as long as Carson Wentz is back and close to 100%.  Alshon Jeffery is primed for a monster season, and if I can get him in the third round count me in.  He’ll be priced reasonably in the first few weeks of the daily game before he get’s up there.  Of course his success hinges on Wentz.  If Wentz is good to go, and he’s looking like he will be, Zach Ertz will be the biggest benefactor outside of Alshon.  Mike Wallace is a waste of space in this offense, and eats into to Nelson Agholor’s

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

  • Over/Under: 8.5
  • 2017 Record: 9-7
  • Fantasy Stud: Ezekiel Elliot
  • Fantasy Bounce Back: Terrance Williams
  • Fantasy Injury Watch: Can’t use this as an excuse
  • Fantasy Plague Play: Dak Prescott
  • Fantasy Value Play: Tavon Austin

 

PREDICTION: Zeke is the obvious go-to here, I’m just concerned that Dallas will need to be in too many shootouts down the stretch which will marginalize his ability in games late in the season.  Dak Prescott will NOT be able to do it by himself.  He’ll need a healthy Zeke, and new coming WRs like Tavon Austin and Allen Hurns to step up.  Both would be nice, but he really needs one, along with Terrance Williams.  My pick is Austin, and I think Dak will be the one to get him on track.   This team is healthy and has made a bunch of questionable off-season moves including clipping Dez Bryant with no viable replacement.  This puts a lot of pressure on Dak and I don’t see him handling it with wins.  Cowboys go 8-8.

 

 

New York Giants

 

  • Over/Under: 6.5
  • 2017 Record: 3-13
  • Fantasy Stud: Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Fantasy Bounce Back: Eli Manning
  • Fantasy Injury Watch: Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Fantasy Plague Play: Saquon Barkley
  • Fantasy Value Play: Evan Ingram

 

PREDICTION: This team was bad last year.  But their roster was not 3-13 bad… their roster was good, the Giants just got hammered with injuries, and a bit of drama.  OBJ will be back with a vengeance, and I’m all over him this season.   He will be the best fantasy WR available regardless of when you pick.  Eli is set to have a season in light of all the weapons he has around him.  Evan Ingram stand to be the greatest benefactor.   Ingram is going to have all kinds of space to do his thing.  Saquaon Barkley in turn will have space, but I think he’ll get gobbled up by the speed of the pro game.  Barkley is NOT a between the tackles runner and struggled in pass protection.  These are bad combinations but anything can happen, I’m lowering expectations for Barkley as he hasn’t played a snap in the NFL.  I believe a full Odell Beckham is worth several games and I can see the Giants finishing over .500 this season, but put me down for 8-8.

 

Washington Redskins

 

  • Over/Under: 7
  • 2017 Record: 7-9
  • Fantasy Stud: Jordan Reed
  • Fantasy Bounce Back: Josh Doctson
  • Fantasy Injury Watch: Rob Kelley
  • Fantasy Plague Play: Vernon Davis
  • Fantasy Value Play: Jamison Crowder

 

PREDICTION: This team, even with proven winner Alex Smith at QB is still a dumpster fire.  One thing I’m keeping an eye is the relationship between Smith and Jordan Reed.  Smith loved throwing it to the TE in Kansas City and good chemistry usually translates into fantasy goodness.  Aside from Reed, Jamison Crowder in the 4th round is exceptional value… but on in PPR leagues.  This offense is deplorable, but if anyone can get them up to 8 wins, Smith Can.  Vegas is awfully generous thinking Washington will get seven wins this season.  I’m taking the under here, as Washington finishes 6-10.

 

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