The Clem Report’s 2014 NFC East Preview

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Football, Sports
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Dallas Cowboys


Over/Under Win Total: 7.5

Odds to win division: +400

Odds to win Super Bowl: 50/1

Underrated Fantasy Player:  Terrance Williams. You have heard it a million times: Dallas will be in a ton of shootouts due to their weak defense.  Scott Linehan loves to throw the ball.  And the Cowboys O-Line will give Tony Romo time to get the ball to his receivers.  While Dez Bryant is taking all the double teams, Terrance Williams can potentially get you fantasy points by the bucket.  Draft him as a bench WR and see if he becomes a WR2 for you.

Overrated Fantasy Player:  Jason Witten. Watching Witten put his old man moves on the defense when he is playing against your fantasy team is always scary.  But the productivity of tight ends usually falls off of a cliff.  I would rather be out one year early on Witten instead of one year late.

Moment of Zen:

Team Smokeshow: 


Bottom Line:  This is the year that it all falls apart for Jerry’s team.  The defense is terrible, Jason Garrett should have been fired years ago, and they are due for some breaks to go against them.  I am already planning out how I am spending my money from the Cowboys going Under 7.5 wins.

New York Giants


Over/Under Win Total: 8

Odds to win division: +375

Odds to win Super Bowl: 50/1

Underrated Fantasy Player:  Rueben Randle. Someone is going to have to be Eli’s redzone target now that Hakeem Nicks is gone.  Victor Cruz is too short to be consistent inside the 20.  And the Giants appear to be completely lost at tight end.  Before writing Randle off as a bust, remember that he is three months younger than rookie Kelvin Benjamin.  Believe.

Overrated Fantasy Player: Rashad Jennings. One long touchdown run caused Jennings’ ADP to skyrocket.  It was a perfectly blocked play that made Jennings look better than he is.  He is an average running back that should be pushed for playing time and goal line carries from rookie running back Andre Williams.  Let someone else reach for him.

Moment of Zen:

Team Smokeshow: 


Bottom Line: As a Giants fan, it is hard to think clearly about the team.  I know all the good and bad that comes along with them.  At the beginning of every season everyone hates the Giants.  But before you know it they are at 6-2 and ready to drive their fans crazy with another second half collapse.  I will stick with that thinking and choose Over 8 wins based solely on the fact that the Giants pull that crap almost every year.

Philadelphia Eagles


Over/Under Win Total: 9

Odds to win division: EVEN

Odds to win Super Bowl: 20/1

Underrated Fantasy Player: Jordan Matthews. The slot receiver in Chip Kelly’s offense can do some damage when he is as talented as Jordan Matthews.  Add in Jeremy Maclin’s love for the injury list, and you have a potential

Overrated Fantasy Player:  Nick Foles. Last year’s 29:2 Touchdown-To-Interception ratio is impossible to keep up and everyone forgets that Michael Vick beat Foles in a head-to-head competition last preseason.  I see Foles being closer to the 15th best QB in fantasy than the 1st.  Don’t reach for Nickfoleon Dynamite in any of your leagues.

Moment of Zen:

Team Smokeshow: 

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Bottom Line: As much as it pains me to write this, the Eagles are clearly the class of the division.  Chip Kelly’s offensive system will still be ahead of the defensive gameplans designed to stop it and I do think he has effective ideas regarding health and fitness.  I will take the Eagles Over 9 and be ecstatic if I am wrong.  Also, I will look long and hard at the 20/1 to win the Super Bowl and be real sad if that one comes in.

Washington Redskins


Over/Under Win Total: 7.5

Odds to win division: +375

Odds to win Super Bowl: 50/1

Underrated Fantasy Player:  Alfred Morris. Obviously Morris is going in the first 30 picks or so in your draft, but I still feel like he is being unfairly discounted.  He is the clear running and goal-line option on a team that should be better this season.  Running backs that play with scrambling quarterbacks also see a boost in value.  The new Jay Gruden system is passing friendly and Alf has never been much of a receiver out of the backfield.  But I think we are going to see just how talented he is this season.  I’m buying him in all non-PPR leagues.

Overrated Fantasy Player: Pierre Garcon. Garcon was a player who had a ton of value thanks to the amount of targets he would receive.  But once DeSean Jackson’s friends started flashing gang signs, Pierre’s days as a borderline WR1 were numbered.  I see the ball being spread out a lot more now that the Redskins improved their receiving corps.  I have Garcon as a low WR2 option and nothing more.

Moment of Zen:

Team Smokeshow: 


Bottom Line: The defense was a disaster last season and RG3 was clearly still recovering from his torn ACL.  I expect both sides of the ball to play better just because of the talent on the roster.  That being said, I still don’t expect the Redskins to be very good.  I think 7 is the number they will hit, so I will choose Under 7.5.


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