Fantasy Players on Each Team to Exceed Expectations: NFC East Edition

Despite being a two-horse race, the NFC East will prove to be valuable in fantasy.

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Dallas Cowboys

When Amari Cooper joined the Cowboys in Week 7, the offense changed completely, and no one benefitted more than Dak Prescott. From Week 7 on, he was the 7th best quarterback in fantasy. While the Cowboys will never be a pass-heavy offense, Prescott’s high efficiency has been enough to make him a top-12 QB in each of his first three seasons. 

Volume in the passing game is a valid concern, however, Prescott’s ability to run has risen his floor tremendously. In all three of his seasons, he has had at least six rushing touchdowns. While that rate is likely to regress to the mean, his passing touchdown rate should improve. His 4.2 percent passing touchdown percentage in 2018 was just 22ndin the league. With a full year of Cooper, expect Prescott to have more passing success in 2019. 

New York Giants 

Yes, the Giants lost one of the most electric players in football, and yes, they will likely have one of the worst offenses in football. But that doesn’t mean players can’t step into bigger fantasy roles. For example, Evan Engramstruggled in 2018 before and after being injured, however, the absence of Odell Beckham Jr. will open up a big opportunity for the third-year tight end. With everything going wrong in 2018, Engram still managed to finish as the 13thbest tight end, while playing just 11 games.

Over the past two years, Engram has played in 15 games in which Beckham Jr. did not play. In those games he averaged 8.7 points per game in standard scoring. That pace would have made him the fifth best tight end in 2018. Engram has the physical tools, and he has proven that he can handle an increased workload. The athletic tight end is in line for a big year. 

Philadelphia Eagles 

In 2018, Carson Wentzwas having a very good year before getting injured. However, a deflated touchdown rate led him to just a QB13 finish through 11 weeks. If his back injury is completely healed, Wentz has a chance to bounce back to his 2017 MVP form. His surrounding cast may be one of the best in the league, and Wentz has the 5theasiest schedule for quarterbacks in 2019. 

Wentz is being drafted as QB10 right now, so I don’t think he’ll outplay his ADP by much. But if he stays healthy, Wentz will prove once again that he is one of the most talented QBs in the league. I can see him finishing the year as a top-6 quarterback, with plenty of upside. 

Washington Redskins 

A lot of Washington players will outplay their ADP because most of them won’t be drafted. While this roster does have some talented players, the weak receiving core and running back committee doesn’t bode well for fantasy results. However, the weak receiving core opens up an opportunity for Paul Richardsonto stand out in the passing offense. He was the first wide receiver option before he got hurt last season, and with the departure of Jamison Crowder, Richardson may be able to separate himself even more. 

The Redskins have talked about taking away snaps from Josh Doctson, which would severely benefit Richardson. Having little competition on the outside will open more targets up for Richardson, who had at least five targets in six of the seven games he played in 2018. The Redskins also have the easiest strength of schedule for receivers based on last years’ defensive statistics. He won’t light the league on fire, but Richardson has potential to be a bye week filler. 

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