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NFC East Fantasy Preview … Expedited

I wanted to give the NFC East a full breakdown, but as we are now just less than 14 hours away from the start of the NFL season, I know that is impossible if I plan to finish these previews before the first kickoff of the regular season. So, here are some quick fantasy hits about players in the NFC East.

I apologize for my poor planning. It serves me right for wanting to sleep, eat and leave my apartment. I should have known that this blog takes priority over those activities of leisure.

Who will be the Laron Landry of 2009?

Who will be the LaRon Landry of 2009?

New York Giants: Quarterback Eli Manning has a ring and enough money to buy about three islands, but he is a horrible fantasy QB. He has a tendency to collapse in the second half, and I don’t think he’ll finish in the top-20 among quarterbacks this year.

Running back Brandon Jacobs is a beast. He’ll always get nicked up, but can you imagine his value if he could become a better all-purpose back? Oh, he’s working on it. Watch out!

The Giants’ new primary backup running back, Ahmad Bradshaw, will try to become this year’s Derrick Ward. He’s not as powerful, but pretty fast. I don’t like him as much as other valuable backups, such as the Jets’ Leon Washington, but he’s still a quality runner and a good pick.

The Giants will obviously mix and match their WRs all season. Domenik Hixon looks like the No. 1 starter to begin the year, but neither he or fellow starter Steve Smith are untouchable. Hixon didn’t look very good in the preseason. I think rookie Hakeem Nicks will be the most valuable Giants wideout in fantasy this year. He may start the season as the team’s fourth receiver, but he’s learning quickly, he led all players in preseason receiving yardage and he’s storming up the depth chart.

Tight end Kevin Boss is a step below other bargain tight ends such as John Carlson or Zach Miller, but he could be a good source of short touchdowns.

He has a lot of options to choose from yet again

He has a lot of options to choose from yet again

Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Donovan McNabb isn’t as nimble as he used to be, but his team keeps getting him explosive receivers to utilize. I like him a lot this season. I really hope he can stay healthy again.

What? Michael Vick? Child, please. It’s just a circus act.

Running back Brian Westbrook didn’t play in the preseason for the first time in his career this year. Maybe that will keep him fresher this season, but he looks like he is ready to break down. I stayed away.

And so the Eagles brought in LeSean McCoy to give the Eagles’ running game some much-needed new legs. He, much like Westbrook, can run and catch very well. He has had some usual rookie difficulties during the preseason, so maybe he’ll need a few weeks to get going. But once Westbrook gets hurt — because you know he will — McCoy will be a valuable player to have on your team in the second half of the season.

Wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Kevin Curtis all have speed to burn and can turn a simple slant route into a 60-yard score. But the Eagles spread the ball around a lot, and all of these guys will put up a couple two-catch, 15-yard performances this year. Jackson is the best of the bunch by far, and McNabb thinks Maclin can start right away, but they do carry that boom-or-bust risk.

Tight end Brent Celek is getting  a lot of love as a deep tight end sleeper, but you probably drafted a better, more dependable option, so why would you want a second tight end? Use him only for an injury or bye-week replacement.

Washington Redskins: I don’t know how much longer the Redskins will stick with Jason Campbell, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Maybe the incentive of being in a contract year will inspire him … ? No? Yeah, probably not.

I'm selling, big time

I'm selling, big time

Running back Clinton Portis is a player who has a lot of name value, but his on-the-field value is fading. Portis’ production evaporated down the stretch last season, and then this somewhat discouraging news came in August. He is no longer a No. 1 running back that you can trust on your team. Ladell Betts is just an average handcuff, but at least he is an accomplished pass-catcher.

The ‘Skins’ No. 1 wideout, Santana Moss, is an explosive player, but Campbell’s strength isn’t downfield passing, which is Moss’ bread and butter. And you know it’s not great when your No. 2 receiver has had as many knee surgeries as seasons in the league.

Tight end Chris Cooley is quickly turning into this team’s best fantasy player. He is Campbell’s favorite target and would put up monster totals if the Redskins could get someone other than Moss to take some attention off of him.

Dallas Cowboys: With Terrell Owens up north, I really think this is going to be a great season for Tony Romo. He has fewer distractions and still plenty of weapons on the field. If he cuts down his interceptions, he can be a top-three or top-four fantasy quarterback once again.

For those of you who drafted Marion Barber in the second round, just know that Felix Jones is healthy and ready to steal, steal steal! There are reports that Jones and Barber could split carries equally. Not a great situation for either back’s fantasy value, but really bad for Barber, considering where he was selected in most drafts.

With Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton and Miles Austin, there are still some very good receivers in Big D. Crayton and Miles are bye-week guys, but I expect a HUGE rebound season from Roy. He hears the doubters. He has a lot to prove this season.

In my mind, there is no question that Jason Witten is the best tight end in fantasy right now. I would never spend a fifth-round pick on him, but he is great. Maybe no TO makes him even better or maybe he attracts so much defensive attention, his numbers drop. I am leaning toward the former.

Rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated

Rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated

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