Fantasy fix: Fine options in Skins-Giants

October, 19, 2012
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Since many of us spend far too large a portion of the work week playing fantasy football anyway, here at the NFC East blog I like to take one post every Friday and devote it to matters of fantasy interest. Here, we take a look at where our division's players fell in this week's rankings by our ESPN.com fantasy experts. You can click on the position name to see each full rankings list by position. Remember, the Eagles are off this week.

QUARTERBACKS

3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins at New York Giants

4. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Redskins

9. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Carolina

Yes, of course, I will be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to witness this high-octane battle between the No. 3 and 4 ranked fantasy quarterbacks of the week. Griffin is the better fantasy play because of his rushing numbers, but each of those secondaries has had its issues this season, and you'd feel awesome about starting either of those passers, especially on a week in which so many players are on bye.

RUNNING BACKS

8. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants vs. Redskins

9. Alfred Morris, Redskins at Giants

16. Felix Jones, Cowboys at Carolina

33. Phillip Tanner, Cowboys at Carolina

40. David Wilson, Giants vs. Redskins

As someone who picked up Andre Brown this season the day before he played the Panthers, started him in that game and traded him the following week, I feel as though Jones should rank higher. But then I realize he's Felix Jones, perpetual fantasy letdown. Carolina can't stop the run, and the Cowboys ran the heck out of the ball last week in Baltimore, so I guess you roll with Felix, especially as a No. 2 running back this week. But would anyone be surprised to see Tanner put up better numbers? As for the Giants, yeah, Brown's as likely to get carries behind Bradshaw as Wilson is now that Brown's back from his concussion. But Wilson's clearly the guy more likely to bust a big play if he gets the chance, and since you don't know how the carries will shake out (Bradshaw says his foot is fine after missing practice Wednesday, but who ever knows with those feet?), it's better to take the flier on the higher-upside guy.

WIDE RECEIVERS

2. Victor Cruz, Giants vs. Redskins

12. Dez Bryant, Cowboys at Carolina

14. Hakeem Nicks, Giants vs. Redskins

18. Miles Austin, Cowboys at Carolina

34. Domenik Hixon, Giants vs. Redskins

T48. Santana Moss, Redskins at Giants

50. Pierre Garcon, Redskins at Giants

Kind of makes it even more impressive for Griffin to be the No. 3 fantasy quarterback this week when you see he doesn't have a top-47 wide receiver, huh? And yeah, I'd stay way away from Garcon, who sounds like he'll miss another game with that foot injury. If you play in those leagues in which you get a point for every catch, Cruz and Bryant have been treating you well.

TIGHT ENDS

4. Jason Witten, Cowboys at Carolina

13. Fred Davis, Redskins at Giants

15. Martellus Bennett, Giants vs. Redskins

Add to that last Griffin note, "or a top-12 tight end!"

KICKERS

6. Lawrence Tynes, Giants vs. Redskins

16. Kai Forbath, Redskins at Giants

18. Dan Bailey, Cowboys at Carolina

Of the many things I admire about our fantasy experts, the level of dedication is requires to sit there and try and figure out which kicker is going to have the bigger game each week is high up on the list.

TEAM DEFENSES

11. Giants vs. Redskins

14. Cowboys at Carolina

21. Redskins at Giants

Yeah, defense is more an NFC West thing these days, isn't it? I think Dallas can outperform this particular expectation, even on the road against a team coming off its bye. It's not as though Cam Newton has never turned the ball over.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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