NFC East Fantasy Preview

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins

 

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I chose to follow the Captain into battle at the quarterback position for the NFC East. Dak Prescott had a great season last year and as much as I believe that he’s going to have another decent season, I need Prescott to prove it to me one more time. Although Cousins is surrounded by drama in D.C., He’s proven the past two years that he’s a top 10 quarterback. He averaged 307.3 yards a game. He finished the 2016 season with 4,917 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Let’s not forget that he added 4 touchdowns on the ground as well. Kirk has great weapons around him this year even with the departure of Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson. Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed are solid assets and the Redskins made a great acquisition in Terrelle Pryor to help the deep game out.

It looks like Cousins and the Redskins aren’t coming to a contract agreement, but since it’s basically a contract year for him, Cousins is bound to put up solid numbers to prove to NFL teams that he will be worth the money next season. The Redskins need to realize that they haven’t had a franchise quarterback like Cousins for years. The Redskins always seem to make the unpopular move, but let’s save that conversation for another day.

 

Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott                        

 

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I will never support anything Dallas related, but talent is talent. Zeke is something special. Dallas got the running back the franchise has been searching for since Emmitt Smith. He had 322 carries resulting in 1,631 rushing yards, 16 total touchdowns, and 363 receiving yards. Elliott is a no brainer top 3 pick in all fantasy drafts this year. The only thing that might bring some hesitation to fantasy owners is that he has the possibility of being suspended up to 4 games. He could have a similar situation to that of LeVeon Bell last season. The question that remains is when you would draft him if he faces suspension. If you can be sure to hand-cuff him, Zeke still needs to be drafted in the first round of leagues. His production when he comes back from the suspension cannot be overlooked. Even though he could be out for a quarter of the season, he will win your match-ups as soon as he comes back. Another monster year coming up for Ezekiel Elliott.

 

Wide Receiver: Odell Beckham Jr.

 

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No one comes close in this division. He’s averaged 96 receptions over the past 3 years, which is incredible. He’s also had double digit touchdowns in every season that he’s been in the league. I have him as the second best wide receiver behind Antonio Brown. In my opinion, Beckham could take the title this coming year. His off-season workouts are insane. The Giants also got him help on the outside with adding Brandon Marshall. Beckham will now have single coverage against him, which is scary. I expect nothing less than 1,400 and 10 touchdowns. Beckham will be exciting to watch as usual.

 

Tight End: Jordan Reed

 

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Last season was a disappointing season for Reed. He under- performed and it was filled with injuries. He only played 12 games. We have really only seen his full potential in 2016, and even then he didn’t play in every single game. Reed has to stay healthy this season if he doesn’t want his reputation damaged. Without question he is the second best tight end in the league next to Rob Gronkowski. The targets and opportunities will be there for Reed. He just needs to stay healthy. I expect Reed to play 14 games have around 850 yards with 9 touchdowns.

 

Honor Roll: Paul Perkins

 

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I’m extremely excited about Paul Perkins. The Giants backfield has been terrible to say the least. They haven’t had a solid running game in years. Rashad Jennings was disappointing and the Giants have been terrible at focusing on their ground game, which is why they haven’t exceeded to the next level in the past couple of seasons. Perkins finished strong last season. He averaged 4.1 yards per game. All reports coming out of New York is that they are excited about what Perkins can do and he will be handed the reigns in the backfield.  He’s currently ranked as the RB 29 with an ADP of 77. This is great value that fantasy owners will be able to grab in the mid to late rounds. Perkins will be a great flex play with the high possibility of being an RB2 this year. Take a chance this year with the New York Giants backfield.

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