Continuing along with our series, here is a look at the NFC East from a fantasy perspective:
QB – Tony Romo – Romo has been a solid top ten finisher at the quarterback position for quite some time now. This Cowboys are hoping that a more mature and healthy Dez Bryant can make up for the loss of Laurent Robinson. I think Romo’s overall TD number’s will dive a bit but his yardage should be near the same.
RB – Demarco Murray/Felix Jones – Is Murray a 2012 sleeper, time will tell but Murray hasn’t had too many healthy seasons going back to his college days. The same can be said of Felix Jones. I wouldn’t be surprised if a third back gets some carries in Dallas again this year.
WR – Miles Austin/Dez Bryant – Austin has come back and rededicated himself to be healthier as has Dez. I could see this duo challenging Roddy and Julio as the top receiving duo’s in the league.
TE – Jason Witten – They don’t come much better at the TE position than always consistent Romo security blanket Jason Witten.
New York Giants
QB – Eli Manning – I agree with many people that Eli doesn’t get the respect he deserves as one of the better quarterbacks in this league. It will be a little more interesting to see how things shake out in 2012 with some different receiving weapons.
RB – Ahmad Bradshaw/David Wilson – I certainly can’t see Bradshaw being a workhorse back here with Wilson in toe. Should be more of a split like when Jacobs was here although Wilson can also sub in some passing down situations as well.
FB – Henry Hynoski – Have to give a big shout out to fellow Southern Columbia alumnus Hynoski. His two first down receptions and fumble recovery in the Super Bowl kept a few scoring drives alive for the Giants in that game. Great job “Hyno.”
WR – Hakeem Nicks/Victor Cruz/Rueben Randle – Nicks is banged up already again but they are saying he will be ready for training camp. Cruz should be the guy to own, especially in PPR leagues. It will be interesting to see if Rueben Randle can match Mario Manningham’s production in the offense. If he can, Eli Manning should be a top performer again in 2012.
TE – Martellus Bennett/Bear Pascoe/Travis Beckhum – Bennett seems to always disappointment and his showing up to minicamps overweight is considered one of those things. Here the guy gets to finally get to show that he can be a starting caliber tight end, but he fails to show enthusiasm for it by showing up for work out of shape. Don’t be surprised if we see more Pascoe or Travis Beckhum if he is healthy at all.
QB – Michael Vick – Vick has been working hard this offseason and getting his first full offseason with the Eagles since he has arrived there. Last year was a down year for Michael, but one thing I have learned with statistics is that they tend to gravitate more toward the norm. That is not to say everyone that had a bad year last year will be good this year, but a guy with Vick’s talents is bound to improve on his 1 rushing touchdown effort from a year ago.
RB – LeSean McCoy/Dion Lewis – McCoy is a top pick in anyone’s draft and worthily so. His total yards from scrimmage are great and he is a bigger asset in PPR leagues. Lewis plays mere handcuff here.
WR – DeSean Jackson/Jeremy Maclin – Even though the Eagles spread some money Jackson’s way this offseason, I actually believe Maclin is the one to own here. Philly’s offensive line is suspect at best especially without Jason Peters this year. That won’t allow for Jackson to have many deep completions for which is his better suited.
TE – Brent Celek – Celek had some fairly strong showings after the bye last year when they began to emphasis him more in the offense. This offseason after some surgeries he is the healthiest he has been in a few years. He could be a nice late sleeper candidate at the tight end position for 2012.
QB – Robert Griffin III – Coming of the 2011 where Cam Newton lit it up, lots is expected of this year’s Cam Newtonesque QB. I don’t see him as matching Newton’s numbers, but a second coming of Michael Vick I could easily see. Those rushing fantasy points add up quick when they are added to the passing scores.
RB – Roy Helu/Evan Royster/Tim Hightower – Helu is going to surprise people this year and be a top 10 running back in my estimation. I have an entire thesis on why this is going to happen. I will save that for a later date and time. Keep watching for it.
WR – Santana Moss/Pierre Garcon/Leonard Hankerson – Not a bad trio for a rookie to throw to. I can see them leaning more on the veteran Moss who they say looks a little friskier this offseason so far.
TE – Fred Davis – The tight end in Shanahan’s offenses tend to well. Davis was no exception last year and he should be a nice security blanket for rookie Griffin.