Because we all spend way too much time each week on our fantasy teams, here at the NFC East blog we like to take one post a week and focus it on fantasy football. This week, with the Eagles playing on Thursday night, we're doing it a day early. Here's a look at where our division's players fall in this week's rankings by ESPN.com's fantasy football experts. Click on the name of the position for the full rankings.
That's assuming Griffin plays, of course. If he doesn't, you can't just jam Kirk Cousins in there at No. 3. He doesn't give you the rushing yards.
8. Alfred Morris, Redskins at Cleveland
13. Bryce Brown, Eagles vs. Bengals (Thurs.)
T17. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys vs. Steelers
20. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants at Atlanta
29. David Wilson, Giants at Atlanta
This with the Giants' backs assumes Bradshaw plays but that he and Wilson share the load. If Bradshaw's knee keeps him from playing, I have to believe Wilson shoots up a lot higher than 20. ... And I wouldn't fear Brown this week just because of last week. That was an Eagles game-plan thing, choosing to pass instead of run against a Tampa Bay defense that's the worst in the league against the pass. Cincinnati's tough, but Brown should bounce back to a certain extent.
9. Victor Cruz, Giants at Atlanta
T17. Dez Bryant, Cowboys vs. Steelers
T17. Pierre Garcon, Redskins at Cleveland
T19. Hakeem Nicks, Giants at Atlanta
21. Miles Austin, Cowboys vs. Steelers
33. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles vs. Bengals (Thurs.)
50. Jason Avant, Eagles vs. Bengals (Thurs.)
So many question marks. Can or will Bryant play with a broken finger? Would Garcon's ranking be higher if we knew Griffin were playing? Would Austin's be higher (or lower) if Bryant were out? Is Nicks healthy at all? Lot of ways these rankings could change between now and Sunday.
4. Jason Witten, Cowboys vs. Steelers
9. Martellus Bennett, Giants at Atlanta
24. Clay Harbor, Eagles vs. Bengals (Thurs.)
Right, you say to yourself. Brent Celek's out for the Eagles with a concussion. Almost no offensive starters left on the Eagles at this point.
1. Lawrence Tynes, Giants at Atlanta
T11. Dan Bailey, Cowboys vs. Steelers
T11. Kai Forbath, Redskins at Cleveland
T14. Alex Henery, Eagles vs. Bengals (Thurs.)
T17. Cowboys vs. Steelers
20. Giants at Atlanta
T25. Redskins at Cleveland
31. Eagles vs. Bengals (Thurs.)
Wow. The truth hurts, huh? No one even in the top half of the league.