Fantasy fix: Run with Shady

Because many of us tend to spend an inordinate amount of time each week poring over our fantasy teams when we should be working, we like to devote one post each Friday to fantasy football here on the NFC East blog. Here's a look at where our division's players fall in this week's position-by-position rankings from ESPN.com's fantasy football experts. Click on the name of the position to see each full list.


4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh

8. Eli Manning, New York Giants at Dallas

9. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Falcons

11. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. Giants

Manning's rank is relatively low, likely because only seven teams have allowed fewer fantasy points this year to quarterbacks than the Cowboys have... I'm a little surprised by Romo's low rank, but the Cowboys' offense clearly isn't clicking, and with running back DeMarco Murray out, there's not much reason to believe it's about to start... The Steelers are relatively tough on opposing fantasy QBs as well, but the rookie in Washington, due in part to his rushing numbers, is what we call "matchup-proof" at this moment.


4. LeSean McCoy, Eagles vs. Falcons

T5. Alfred Morris, Redskins at Pittsburgh

12. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants at Dallas

23. Felix Jones, Cowboys vs. Giants

T36. Phillip Tanner, Cowboys vs. Giants

T36. Andre Brown, Giants at Dallas

I wouldn't start Felix Jones unless I were totally desperate. And if I were desperate and someone else had Jones, I'd feel fine starting Tanner. This is my level of confidence in Jones' ability to make it through a whole game healthy as a starting running back... Bradshaw hasn't practiced this week, so keep an eye on that if you're using him. Brown, not David Wilson, is the guy who'll see the most action if Bradshaw is limited.


2. Victor Cruz, Giants at Dallas

16. Miles Austin, Cowboys vs Giants

19. Dez Bryant, Cowboys vs. Giants

T21. Hakeem Nicks, Giants at Dallas

T21. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles vs. Falcons

23. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Falcons

45. Santana Moss, Redskins at Pittsburgh

T47. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins at Pittsburgh

I get it about the matchup with Nicks against the Cowboys' cornerbacks. But if this is really where he's being valued in your league -- low-end WR2 -- then you should be aggressively trying to trade for him. He's getting healthier, and people forget too quickly. He's a clear fantasy WR1 when healthy, as, obviously, is Cruz.


6. Jason Witten, Cowboys vs. Giants

10. Martellus Bennett, Giants at Dallas

13. Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Falcons

No Redskins tight end is listed. I'd think Logan Paulsen is more likely than Niles Paul or Chris Cooley to see any kind of targets, but staying away from the whole situation is the right call... Bennett played big in the opener against his old team, and like Nicks, he is getting healthier.


4. Lawrence Tynes, Giants at Dallas

18. Kai Forbath, Redskins at Pittsburgh

19. Alex Henery, Eagles vs. Falcons

Yes, the Cowboys' Dan Bailey is the best kicker in the division, but fantasy football is about opportunity, and the Cowboys' offense isn't generating enough of them. Tynes leads the league with 19 field goals. Bailey has only 12, in 13 attempts.


13. Giants at Dallas

17. Eagles vs. Falcons

20. Cowboys vs. Giants

21. Redskins at Pittsburgh

Yeah, wouldn't start any of them unless I absolutely had to. Still think the Eagles end up a top-level fantasy defense once the sacks come back, but let's see the sacks come back first.