IDP Fantasy Preview: NFC East

IDP Fantasy Preview: NFC East

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IDP Fantasy Preview: NFC East

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Every year there are new faces in new places – not just players, but coaches too.  With those changes come scheme changes, and value changes with regard to fantasy football.  Which is why drafting off stats from the previous year isn’t a wise thing to do. However, reading each divisional IDP preview update would be a wise thing to do. If you have any additional questions please feel free to email me at gallo@thehuddle.com or find me on twitter @SteveGalloNFL.

Dallas Cowboys

HC: Jason Garrett
DC:  Rod Marinelli
Base Defensive Scheme: 4-3
Scheme Change: No


Defensive Line
The Cowboys were horrific on defense last year…H.O.R.R.I.F.I.C. The scary thing is…they look like they’re going to be even worse this year. I honestly feel slightly bad for new defensive coordinator, Rod Marinelli. DeMarcus Ware had a tough 2013 where he battled injuries and this year he’ll show what he can with good health while lining up for the Broncos. That means the Cowboys will be relying on George Selvie, Jermey Mincey and if he ever gets healthy and on the field, Anthony Spencer. Do yourself a favor and don’t do rely on any of those guys like the Cowboys have to do.

Linebacker
I think if it wasn’t for bad luck that Sean Lee wouldn’t have any luck at all. Lee was injured early this summer and the Cowboys will be without his services for the entirety of 2014. At MLB it looks like either Justin Durant or Rolando McClain will be the Cowboys starter. IDP wise I’ve been betting on Durant. He won’t put up Lee type numbers but I do think we could see LB2 numbers if all breaks well for him. Last year, with the Tampa-2 coming to town, I had high expectations for Bruce Carter but he never lived up to my expectations. He finished 2014 as LB41. I’m not ready to give up on Carter completely and think he’s worth rostering as a LB4+ based on having LB2 upside.

Secondary
The big winner with the Cowboys poor defense in 2013 was Barry Church owners and this year I see more of the same. Recently, in a conversation I had with Herm Edwards, he said Church is going to be in the box a lot and will have at least 125 tackles. Herm also added that he expects Church to average 8 tackles a game, EASY. With what the Cowboys front seven looks like there could also be value with J.J. Wilcox.

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New York Giants

HC: Tom Coughlin
DC:  Perry Fewell
Base Defensive Scheme: 4-3
Scheme Change: No


Defensive Line
Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t come close to living up to expectations last year, he battled injury and eventually got shutdown for the season and finished as DL91. JPP has the talent to repeat his rookie year performance and based on his ADP of DL5, I’m not the only one still smitten with him. The Giants will need JPP healthy for 2014 because Justin Tuck has moved on and is now an Oakland Raider. Mathias Kiwanuka, yeah, been there done that. “Kiwi” just isn’t someone worth relying on for IDP reasons. A player I do like as a sleeper is Damontre Moore. A rotational role will limit his upside, but if he can secure a majority of snaps at the DE position he’ll have nice fantasy value.

Linebacker
Jon Beason is finally going full speed at practice and looks to be on pace to play in week 1. Last year Beason finshed as LB42, but from week 6 thru 16 he ranked as LB21. With at least 40 LBs coming off the board in drafts before Beason he’s a guy that presents nice value for those that draft him. Beyond Beason I’m not high on Jameel McClain or Jacquian Williams on the sheer fact that I don’t have a strong feeling about either locking down the majority of defensive snaps at WLB…or at least enough to make them a safe and viable fantasy option in 10-12 team leagues.

Secondary
Believe it or not but Antrel Rolle finished as the 2nd highest scoring fantasy DB in 2013. With an ADP of DB9 he might seem like a bargain but with the turnover that happens year to year among the top DBs I’m in avoidance mode when it comes to Rolle. For my money I’d rather target Stevie Brown after 30 DBs are off the board and roster a guy that has DB1/2 upside. In CB mandatory leagues look for Prince Amukamara to have another CB1 fantasy season.

Philadelphia Eagles

HC: Chip Kelly
DC:  Bill Davis
Base Defensive Scheme: 3-4
Scheme Change: No


Defensive Line
At best the only IDP value you will find on the Eagles DL is with Cedric Thornton as a bye week filler.

Linebacker
DeMeco Ryans (LB8) and Mychal Kendricks (LB24) both finished as top-24 LBs in 2013. For 2014, Kendricks is sporting an ADP of LB12 and Ryans of LB23. Kendricks should be a top-15 LB but I don’t like his value at his ADP. As for Ryans, I don’t foresee a repeat of last years top-10 performance but solid LB2/3 numbers are realistic. Problem is, I just don’t see much upside and would rather target players with better upside (C.J. Mosley & Perry Riley are prime examples) in his ADP range.

Secondary
Nate Allen will once again be the Eagles starting SS. Yay (please sense my sarcasm)! If you are looking for a middling talent that puts up middling fantasy numbers then Allen is your man. The Eagles did add Malcolm Jenkins at FS and he’ll help the Eagles NFL wise, but fantasy wise he’ll be nothing more than depth/bye week filler for IDP owners.

Washington Redskins

HC: Jay Gruden
DC:  Jim Haslett
Base Defensive Scheme: 3-4
Scheme Change: No


Defensive Line
The Redskins 3-4 scheme renders their defensive line irrelevant for fantasy purposes.

Linebacker
He’s gone, he’s finally gone and I can’t really believe it.  The “he” I’m referring to is London Fletcher. Perry Riley finished as LB28 with Fletcher playing next to him last year. This year he’ll have Keenan Robinson as his running mate at ILB for Washington. Robinson is no London Fletcher. I see Riley as a solid LB2 that has low-level LB1 upside. As for Robinson, he’s the type of upside LB I like to take in drafts (although I didn’t land him in any of my drafts this year). I wouldn’t be shocked in the least to see him finish as a LB3 or better, but he’ll need to stay healthy, which of course is something he’s had a hard time doing.

Secondary
The NFL has suspended Brandon Meriweather for two games for a preseason helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens WR, Torrey Smith. Washington added FS, Ryan Clark this year but fantasy wise I’m not expecting him to be a guy you can plug and play on a weekly basis. DeAngelo Hall is a player I still see as a CB1 and a fringe DB1 in combined leagues.

Scoring system used for this article: solo tackle (2), assisted tackle (1), sack (3), forced or recovered fumble (3), interception (3) and pass defended (1).

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