Yet another new and exciting writer here at The Landry Hat is Greg Bailey. He’ll be bringing insights for your fantasy football teams all season long. Enjoy! – SM
The season is finally here and I am ready…I think. Here’s my take on the upcoming game: I think the Cowboys are only as good as the offensive line and that will be determined on Sunday versus the J.E.T.S. Jets, Jets, Jets. Despite their play recently, I’m really not too worried about our defense. Rob Ryan has his ingenious defensive schemes in place and if we can just execute them, we may only need to prevent the big play. We have enough offensive weapons to do some damage “IF”, and I am heavy on the “IF”, we give Tony Romo time to execute.
If you are into Fantasy Football, which if your reading this article then I suppose you are, here are my predictions:
Quarterbacks: Advantage NYJ (offensive line)
Dal: T. Romo – 250 yds, 2 TDs, 1 Int
NYJ: M. Sanchez – 200 yds, 2 TDs, 0 Int
Running Backs: Advantage NYJ (Bruising RBs)
Dal: F. Jones – 60 rush 0 Tds, 5 / 45 Rec yds, 1 TD
Dal: D. Murray – 30 yds total, 0 TDs
NYJ: S. Greene – 120 rush, 2 TDs, 1 / 10 receiving yds, 0 TDs
NYJ: L. Tomlinson – 30 Total yards, 0 TDs
Wide Receivers: Advantage Dallas (Dez, Miles, Witten) Revis can only cover 1 at a time.
Dal: M. Austin – 4 / 50 yds, 0 TD – Locked down by Revis!!
Dal: D. Bryant – 7 / 60 yds, 1 TD
Dal: J. Witten – 6 / 60 yds, 1 TD
NYJ: S. Holmes – 7 / 85 yds 1 TD
NYJ: P. Burress – 4 / 40 yds 1 TD
NYJ: D. Keller – 3 / 45, 0 TD
Kickers: Advantage NYJ (Just slightly)
Dal: D. Buehler or D. Bailey 1 FG / 2 XPs
NYJ: N.Folk 2 FG / 4 XPs
While I find myself intrigued with the Cowboys, I am also finding myself without a Cowboy on my Fantasy Team. (First time in 12 years). This was not by design, but by value. I would have gladly taken Dez Bryant or Jason Witten, but the cards didn’t fall in my favor. I always draft by value and not by my heart. When playing fantasy football, fans are torn by two things: value and favorites. Value wins championships, favorites makes it fun. We will see if the Cowboys give us both.
GAME ADVANTAGES IN DETAIL/A FANTASY TAKE
Offensive line: The Cowboys will be with an inexperienced line and Romo will be slinging the pigskin in a 2 to 3 step drop. Jets will have the balance attack with an experience line – Advantage NYJ
Running game: The running game will be exploited by the NYJs. They will use their bruising back Greene in an effort to tire the Cowboys defense. They will be successful. Felix Jones will do as much damage catching balls out of the backfield instead of being the bruising back. – Advantage NYJ
Passing game: The strongest thing the Cowboys have going for them….receiving. With their rock in Witten, Possession receiver in Dez, Stretching the field with Miles and Felix out of the backfield could spell trouble for opposing defenses. NYJ have an aging Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes. Santonio will get his numbers, but lack of attack from the running backs will allow Dallas to play deep and keep the passes short. – Advantage Dallas
Special teams: Kickers – Who cares. This usually will add 8 to 10 points in fantasy, but neither look good to me. - Advantage NYJ.
Final Score: Dallas 17, Jets 34