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Friday, October 12, 2012
Fantasy Fix: Careful with your Giants

By Dan Graziano

We do love our fantasy football here at the NFC East blog. I even stayed up late Thursday night after I got home from the Yankees-Orioles game to watch the season premiere of "The League," which was hilarious and half of it was shot on one of the days I was at Dallas Cowboys training camp. I really should have found a way to get a cameo. Missed opportunity.

Anyway, because we love fantasy football here at the NFC East blog, we do a fantasy rankings post every week, and here it is. How our division's players stand in this week's rankings by ESPN.com's fantasy experts. Click on the position names to see the full rankings at each position.

QUARTERBACKS

T4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins vs. Vikings

T4. Eli Manning, New York Giants at San Francisco

T8. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Lions

12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore

Obviously, the gang is assuming Griffin plays, or else this ranking is ridiculously high. All signs have been positive for his recovery from last week's concussion, though it's not a sure thing. Manning's matchup stinks, but he's a guy you always play no matter what. Vick's not as much fun to have in fantasy as he was when he used to run the ball into the end zone. Romo's matchup looks bad on paper, but I have a funny feeling about the Cowboys' offense this week. I might take a shot with him.

RUNNING BACKS

4. LeSean McCoy, Eagles vs. Lions

12. Alfred Morris, Redskins vs. Vikings

14. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys at Baltimore

20. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants at San Francisco

39. David Wilson, Giants at San Francisco

Bradshaw's ranking might be the lowest ever for a back who ran for 200 yards the week before, but nobody runs on the Niners, and I think you can make a case to start a couple of the guys right behind him instead if you have the choice. Still not touching Wilson. All of their talk about getting him more touches notwithstanding, I don't think they trust him in pass protection. At all. And that's going to limit the number of plays he gets until it improves. The Giants' priority is getting out of there Sunday with Manning in one piece.

WIDE RECEIVERS

7. Victor Cruz, Giants at San Francisco

13. Miles Austin, Cowboys at Baltimore

18. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Lions

19. Dez Bryant, Cowboys at Baltimore

27. Pierre Garcon, Redskins vs. Vikings

28. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles vs. Lions

33. Hakeem Nicks, Giants at San Francisco

39. Domenik Hixon, Giants at San Francisco

44. Rueben Randle, Giants at San Francisco

My gut feeling is that Nicks doesn't play, which obviously means his ranking would drop, and I think if that happens you're playing roulette with Hixon and Randle. What's remarkable is that Nicks' absence hasn't hurt Cruz's fantasy value at all since the Carolina game. Manning looks for Cruz and will continue to do so, in good times and in bad. Maclin's the guy who's going to go off one of these weeks with 110 yards and two touchdowns when everybody has him on their bench.

TIGHT ENDS

7. Jason Witten, Cowboys at Baltimore

9. Fred Davis, Redskins vs. Vikings

10. Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Lions

13. Martellus Bennett, Giants at San Francisco

All it took was one good game to restore the experts' trust in Witten. Track record is a wonderful thing. Bennett drops due to injury and matchup concerns. Even if he plays, he's going to have to do a lot of blocking.

KICKERS

T5. Lawrence Tynes, Giants at San Francisco

14. Alex Henery, Eagles vs. Lions

18. Dan Bailey, Cowboys at Baltimore

Thing is, they're kickers, so who knows. Guess we're waiting to see what Kai Forbath does for the Redskins before putting him on the list, though, huh? That's fair. Guy's never had an NFL field goal attempt.

TEAM DEFENSES

8. Eagles vs. Lions

15. Cowboys at Baltimore

T18. Giants at San Francisco

23. Redskins vs. Vikings

Rough ranking for the Super Bowl champs, huh? What about the special-teams turnovers in San Francisco? Those count, right? Eagles' defense should be a top fantasy unit, but in order to match expectations, they're going to need to sack someone before Halloween.