It's time to start thinking about fantasy football, and we have started going team by team to let you know what each NFL franchise can do for your fantasy squad. You can click here to see if your team has been previewed yet. If it isn't there, chances are it's coming soon. We have finished the NFC and AFC West, the NFC and AFC South, and now move on to the NFC East.
*Rankings are based on a 12-team, standard scoring format.
2011 RECORD: 8-8
2012 BYE WEEK: 11
TOP DRAFT PICKS: (1) Travis Frederick- C- Wisconsin
(2) Gavin Escobar- TE- San Diego State
(3) Terrance Williams- WR- Baylor
QUARTERBACK: Love him or hate him, Tony Romo continues to pile up statistics. Romo threw for a career high 4,903 yards last year to go along with 28 touchdowns. The downside was that he matched his career high with 19. That was his total in 2009 and 2011, his last two full 16 game seasons, combined. Obviously, Romo can be a little careless at times, but his mistakes are typically worth wading through to get to his upside. If Dez Bryant has the huge breakout season most experts are predicting, Romo would benefit as well. Draft Romo as a low-end QB1. Kyle Orton is the backup.
RUNNING BACK: DeMarco Murray, much like his predecessor in Dallas Felix Jones, has proven to be a valuable fantasy commodity when he is healthy. He also proved that he may not be capable of doing that. Murray ran for 663 yards and 4 touchdowns in 10 games last season. His 35 catches out of the backfield would translate to around 50 if he played a full season, which would be huge in PPR formats. Murray is a boom or bust player that can be had for somewhat of a bargain. You just have to hope he can stay on the field. If he can't Lance Dunbar would be next man up for Dallas. Draft Murray as mid to low end RB2, and make sure you draft a solid 3rd running back.
WIDE RECEIVER: After Dez Bryant's outstanding 2012, he is in the conversation for the #2 wide receiver in fantasy football. He finished just short of 1,400 yards and had 12 touchdowns. He has improved in each of his 3 seasons in the league, and if 2012 was his ceiling, matching that in 2013 would be enough to warrant him being one of the top wide receivers taken off the board. Miles Austin finished with 943 yards and 6 touchdowns. It is starting to seem unlikely that he will return to his 2009 form, but more attention paid to Bryant means that Austin should get one on one coverage most plays. Terrance Williams will play a role, as will Dwayne Harris (though he will be more of a factor in special teams), but the top two guys are the ones to keep an eye on. Bryant is obviously a top tier WR1, just behind Calvin Johnson and in the same tier as AJ Green and Brandon Marshall. Draft Austin as a low to middle end WR3, but it's possible he can outperform that projection.
TIGHT END: Jason Witten set a career high in receptions (110), and had the second most receiving yards (1,039) of his career. Those numbers are nice, but 3 touchdowns to go along with them are a bit of a surprise. The Cowboys have never really used Witten in the red zone, which keeps him from being an elite tight end for fantasy purposes. He is PPR gold, but in standard formats he is a mid to upper tier TE1. James Hanna and rookie Gavin Escobar are battling for backup reps.
KICKER: Dan Bailey made 29 field goals last year, and missed only 2. It wouldn't surprise me if he surpasses those numbers this season. He plays his home games in a dome, and is working with one of the best offenses in football. Bailey is a draft-worthy kicker.
DEFENSE-SPECIAL TEAMS: Dallas disappointed defensively last season. They gave up way too many points per game, and their sack numbers were down from previous seasons. The one bright side was finishing third in the league in interceptions. That is not enough to warrant drafting them this season.