NFC East Divisional Podcast Recap (Fantasy Football)

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The gang is all together again and with the return of Andy comes the return of more divisional breakdowns. Today is the NFC East. As you get deep into fantasy football prep, the draft analyzer is live on the UDK + on the website and a reminder that we are back to three shows a week.

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Let’s Get Divisional – NFC East

Before we jump in, a reminder that this is a general overview of the teams – focusing on off-season changes from 2021 to 2022. Andy, Mike, and Jason will also give an overview of last year’s offense and postulate on how it could function this season, as well as their takes on who could with the division. If you want to dig deeper, head to the UDK and explore our tools, including consistency charts, market share, and the team opportunity in the dynasty pass.

Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

Despite leading the NFL in total points scored, all of the Cowboys started failed to return their draft cost in 2021. One of the reasons for this was that Dallas had such a tremendous defense that was successful in scoring defensive points, keeping the offense off the field. The Cowboys lose Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson, and TE Blake Jarwin and draft WR Jalen Tolbert. Despite all the losses, Andy believes Dak will be fine this year. Zeke still managed to finish as RB6 last season, and we learned that in week four, he had partially torn his PCL, but questions still surround him. Mike thinks he is a great value right now going at RB15, and Jason believes he is a very safe bet, even with the shiny and newer Tony Pollard waiting in the wings. He is currently going in the eighth round, and if Zeke goes down, Pollard would be a huge fantasy option. Dalton Schultz should be an integral part of the offense this season (he led Dallas with six red-zone TDs last season), and with Gallup tearing his ACL in Week 17, proceed with caution. He will likely start on the PUP. Keep an eye on rookie WR Jalen Tolbert as well. Vegas says ten wins for them Boys this year.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

The Eagles highlighted their 2021 season by going 1-8 against teams over .500. Brutal. It is hard to break down the offensive philosophy of the team this season with a running QB but also acquiring star WR AJ Brown. Mike is out on Brown this season, as he is now on a team who was last in passing attempts in 2021 and will not be able to give you enough spike weeks. He will be battling with DeVonta Smith and TE Dallas Goedert for targets. The biggest question is whether this is a run-first or pass-first team. Last year when they were pass-heavy, they were losing, and as soon as they started running more, they saw success. Jason believes the proof is in the pudding, and they will throw more this year. Andy says AJ Brown will need to score a lot to overcome the lack of passing yardage, but Jalen Hurts will be fine as a fantasy QB and probably have more boom weeks with the addition of Brown. The Eagles have a tremendous offensive line there to protect their RBs, even though Jason does not believe they will use Miles Sanders as a true bell cow. TE-wise, Goedert was first among yards per target and yards per route run, but there are probably some better TE values available later in your draft. The Eagles have a great early schedule and are projected to win 9.5 games this season.

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Washington Commanders (7-10)

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There is a new guy in town, and his name is Carson Wentz. Even though Wentz is not great, he is certainly better than what the Manders have had the past few years, but not worth a fantasy start. They have a much better schedule this season, and Jason is looking forward to seeing how their defense shapes up. Besides Wentz, Washington added WR Jahan Dotson, RB Brian Robinson, and QB Sam Howell. They also have newly paid Terry McLaurin, who had the lowest catchable target rate among WRs with over 100 targets last year. He should have more catchable targets this year – allegedly. Antonio Gibson is currently going in the seventh round in the money leagues; people are passing him by like crazy. People are scared, especially since HC Ron Rivera has said it will be a three-person time share this season. Smooches continues to siphon touches, and Brian Robinson and his solid ball-handling skills might also hinder Gibson. TE Logan Thomas is in the middle of a prolonged recovery, tearing his ACL, MCL, and both meniscus, so expect very little from him. Washington is projected to win eight games this year.

New York Giants (4-13)

As Andy says, the Giants play football. They are the only NFL team not to have one week sitting over .500 at any point in the last five years. The Giants cleaned house, and Saquon Barkley remains. Barkley can still be a three-down RB, and he’s being drafted at the end of the second round. It is his second year back from his ACL surgery, and our injury expert Matthew Betz tells us that production is much better in year two after this specific injury. It is Saquon and no one else in New York. In addition, Mike mentions that all of the WRs are going in the double-digit rounds, and there is no way that the Giants can be worse than they were last season. New York has over 42 million devoted to WRs for 2022, which is the most in the NFL, and no one seems to want to draft any of these players. Kadarius Toney had a great target per route run last season, but the Giants went and drafted Wan’Dale Robinson. And then there is Kenny Golladay – Mike wants nothing to do with the jazz man. Andy is optimistic that new head coach Brian Daboll can impact this team for the better. Las Vegas projects the New York Giants to win seven games.

Wrap – Up

Jason says the Eagles win the division, while Andy and Mike say Dallas. Both Jason and Andy say Antonio Gibson is the toughest player to project in the division, and Mike goes with AJ Brown. Finally, sneaky players for 2022 or an under-the-radar dynasty add – Andy goes with Wan’Dale, and Jason is keeping his eyes on Kadarius Toney and DeVonta Smith.

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