2019 Fantasy Football: Top players in the NFC East

The 2019 Fantasy Football season is rapidly approaching and we run through who the top players to own are in the NFC East.

Passionate fans, regularly televised games and some of the brightest young stars in the National Football League make up the NFC East. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying that the division gets people talking and, if you’re looking to dominate your 2019 fantasy football season, there are some key names to keep an eye out for.

Previous division showcases: NFC South

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott

Say what you want about Dak Prescott and whether or not he deserves a huge contract extension, he knows how to put up fantasy points. In fact, since becoming the starter as a rookie in 2015 following Tony Romo’s injury, Prescott has finished as a top 10 fantasy quarterback in each of the last three seasons. Despite finishing above Philip Rivers and Tom Brady in 2018, his ADP continues to fall. Given the fact that four of his top five fantasy weeks came in the second half of the season (following the acquisition of Amari Cooper), the opportunity could be there to grab a bargain as part of a much-improved offense.

Ezekiel Elliott

Hot on the heels of a season in which he broke 2,000 all-purpose yards, Ezekiel Elliott is likely to find himself in familiar territory at the top of fantasy drafts again this year. Elliott has averaged 131 yards per regular season game in his NFL career, and the Dallas Cowboys look ready to make him the focal point of their offense once again. No running back had more touches than Elliott last year (381). While off-field issues continue to follow him, a young and exceptionally talented three-down back behind an upper echelon offensive line is one of the safest picks and easiest projections in fantasy.

Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper has always been a fantasy football conundrum. The talented wide receiver has consistently followed stunning highs with demoralizing lows. That said, there’s little doubt surrounding his role in 2019. In Oakland, he regularly had to contend with Michael Crabtree for targets.

Since the Cowboys traded for Cooper, it’s been clear that he’s their WR1. Cooper led the team in receiving yards despite only playing nine of the team’s 16 games. In that time he had games of 180 yards and 217 yards. Concerningly, his final three games yielded only 32 yards, 20 yards, and 31 yards, however. Cooper should finish the season with the best stats of his career, but it could be a rollercoaster to get there.

Sleepers

I didn’t think that I’d be writing about Jason Witten as a fantasy option in 2019, but here we are. Witten’s being paid like a starter and wouldn’t have returned from retirement unless given certain assurances about his role. He didn’t have much athleticism to lose, so there’s no reason to think he can’t be a bye week fill-in for your roster.

Michael Gallup showed enough in his rookie season that the team felt comfortable letting Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams leave in free agency. His role should increase dramatically and, average upwards of 15 yards per reception, he’s a good breakout candidate.

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