Week 1 Fantasy Preview: Cowboys @ Giants

  • Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants Lines Available

    Cowboys(-175) @ Giants(+145): O/U 45.5
    Cowboys -3.5 (-105), Giants +3.5(-115)

    These NFC East rivals open up their season in New York playing in the Sunday Night slot. This should be a close matchup of teams that know each other well. With a Vegas project score of Cowboys 24.5 to Giants 21.0, this game should provide ample offensive production for fantasy purposes. Giants have struggled mightily against the Cowboys in recent years, but with a whole offseason to prepare for this matchup, is this the game they flip the script and beat the Cowboys at home?

    Main Storylines to Watch

    Who is the second option in the Cowboys’ passing game? The Cowboys are projected to have a top-ten offense this year again with Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, and Tony Pollard leading the way. Normally in top ten offense, you see more than one pass catcher providing fantasy value, but the Cowboys have a question mark there at the moment. Many project their new wideout to the team, Brandin Cooks, will fill that role, but Michael Gallup is another year away from his ACL injury and could see an uptick in volume as well. In the past, the Cowboys have incorporated their tight ends in the offense as well. Jake Ferguson has been impressive at camp and could establish himself as a weekly starter at the tight end position in fantasy.

    Will any Giants’ wide receiver separate themself from the crowd? The Giants pass catchers will be led by Darren Waller at tight end with Saquon Barkley being a major threat in the pass game out of the backfield. Will any Giants’ wideout be trustworthy in fantasy this year? They have six names who all have a real argument to be the top guy, but most likely there will be no lead guy. Hopefully, a Giants WR breaks out, but as of now we just have to wait and see

    Dallas Cowboys

    QB

    Dak Prescott: Last season, Prescott was uncharacteristically turnover-prone throwing for 15 interceptions in 12 games started. Dak finished as the QB16 in points-per-game in 2022. Maybe the injuries were the cause of the subpar play from Prescott, but most in the industry expect him to be in the QB8 – QB12 range this season. Dak is a solid starting option in this Week 1 Sunday Night matchup.

    RB

    Tony Pollard: Pollard broke out last season as the RB8 in the split backfield with Zeke Elliott. This season Pollard is the projected bellcow back with no proven help behind him in the depth chart. Pollard has always been a player who has been very efficient with his touches. Will the increase in touches decrease his efficiency this year? If not, Pollard could be in line for top 3 fantasy RB finish this year. If you have Pollard you are starting Pollard whenever healthy.

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