All-Fantasy First Team
QB: Robert Griffin III, Redskins
RB1: LeSean McCoy, Eagles
RB2: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
WR1: Dez Bryant, Cowboys
WR2: Pierre Garcon, Redskins
WR3: Victor Cruz, Giants
TE: Jordan Reed, Redskins
K: Dan Bailey, Cowboys
1. Nick Foles – Defenses have had a year to catch up to the Chip Kelly offense and Foles, meaning a regression is coming. Losing DeSean Jackson’s ability to draw double teams will hurt.
2. Rashad Jennings – A 29-year old back who will lose goal-line work to a better pure runner in Andre Williams? No thanks.
3. Odell Beckham – Injured throughout OTAs and camp, but was going to be behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle anyway.
4. Riley Cooper – Ideally a role-playing blocker and jump-ball specialist. Perfect storm hit last year and Cooper still didn’t truly erupt.
5. DeSean Jackson – Produced a career-outlier season with Chip Kelly. Don’t expect that again with Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed in the mix.
1. Tony Romo – A pass-happy playcaller in Scott Linehan, a MVP-caliber wideout in Dez Bryant and a defense that will put the Cowboys behind often. Giddy up.
2. Rueben Randle – Will be the Giants’ primary red-zone target. Simplified offense will mean fewer bone-headed mistakes.
3. Terrance Williams – While teams play cloud coverage on Dez Bryant and use safeties on Jason Witten, Williams will be running free.
4. Zach Ertz – Thanks to improved ability as a blocker, Ertz will be on the field far more this year. Major Year 2 breakout candidate.
5. DeMarco Murray – Actually tied with LeSean McCoy for fantasy points per touch last season. Fits the Linehan scheme like a glove.
1. Lance Dunbar – Sneaky bet for 6-8 touches per week as the change-of-pace behind DeMarco Murray. Dunbar has some juice in space.
2. Jordan Matthews – Starting off as a slot receiver, but wouldn’t be a shock if Matthews stole snaps from Riley Cooper outside at some point.
3. Andre Williams – Turn on the tape from the Hall of Fame game and you’ll see a rookie with burst. Already locked into goal-line gig.
4. Roy Helu – Jay Gruden’s scheme doesn’t fit two-down back Alfred Morris very well. Helu has always been long on three-down talent.
5. Chris Polk – If LeSean McCoy were to get hurt, Darren Sproles’ role would not expand. Polk would step in as the inside feature back.