The Loaded NFC East- Tiered Team Previews

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The NFC East may produce three Top 12 running backs, but don’t sleep on the quarterbacks or wide receivers in this loaded division.


The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys are loaded with fantasy studs, which makes the NFC East the strongest division in fantasy football. That’s even more impressive to say with the worst team for fantasy football- Washington Football Team- in the same division.

Each team in this NFC East preview will be broken down into tiers. Each tier will preview players that have the potential to finish in the Top 12, 24 or 36 at their respected positions. The NFC East is absolutely loaded, especially at the running back position with two Top 5 players and another one with top 12 potential. There’s also quite a bit of Tier 1 talent at quarterback and tight end as well, with some fantastic wide receivers targets too.

If you are looking for the IDP tier recommendations in the NFC East, you should definitely be giving Kyle’s article a hard look. Just click here to get an edge on your IDP competition. 

Dallas Cowboys (8-8, 5-1 in NFC East)

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Tier 1 (Top 12 potential):

  • Potential studs to build your roster around
  • Will most likely command early round draft capital

Dak Prescott, Quarterback (DFD August ADP- 67.75)

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  • 2019 Stats: 65.1 % passes completed, 4,902 passing yards, 30 passing TDs, 11 interceptions, 277 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: QB2

Prior to the NFL draft, Dak Prescott was considered a top 5 fantasy quarterback. Then the Cowboys added the best wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft, CeeDee Lamb. So Dak is stacked with three unreal wide receivers, but is still only the 5th QB off the board in recent DFD mock drafts.

In his fourth NFL season, Prescott actually broke out a bit after three straight seasons as a backend QB1. He finished as a QB2 behind Lamar Jackson’s monstrous performance and solidified his status as an elite fantasy QB. The team will be adjusting to a new offense in a weird camp season, but there is no doubt that Mike McCarthy will air it out. 

The contract should not be a worry as the Cowboys are in no position to let Dak walk, as they are built to contend now and a new leader under center makes no sense. He’s a lock-in top 5 QB in all formats and a signal caller to build your Superflex dynasty around. 

Ezekiel Elliot, Running Back (DFD August ADP- 4.0):

  • 2019 Stats: 301 carries, 1,357 rushing yards, 71 targets, 54 receptions, 420 receiving yards, 14 total TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: RB3

After dominating at Ohio State, Zeke Elliot became a stud running back for Dallas since Day 1. The former 4th overall pick finished 2nd in carries and 2nd in total touches for RBs in 2019. Elliot finished as a Top 5 RB in 4 out of his 5 seasons, while finishing 9th in 2017. That’s the consistent production that you want in an RB1.

Elliot is locked in as a RB1 in all formats, though he is entering his age 25 season and dynasty owners could still get quite a haul for him now. 

Tier 2 (Top 24 potential):

  • Key starters that you need to be a contender in your league
  • Most likely to have middle round ADP – where fantasy seasons are won or lost

Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver (DFD August ADP- 38.25):

  • 2019 Stats: 119 targets, 79 receptions, 1,189 receiving yard, 8 TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: WR10

Amari Cooper had the best season of his career in 2019, which was good enough to finish as a top 12 WR. The Alabama product has produced at least 1,000 receiving yards in 4 out of 5 seasons in the NFL. The stud receiver has been a maddening player to own at times due to his week-to-week inconsistency

Cooper’s pursuit for consistency didn’t become any easier with CeeDee Lamb being added to the Cowboys receiving corps. Cooper should still have a strong 2020 season and should be the top Cowboys target, but projects to be more of a high-end WR2 in a very deep WR talent pool.

The winner of CeeDee Lamb (ADP- 95.50) and Michael Gallup (ADP-91) Targets Battle

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  • 2019 Stats for Gallup: 112 targets, 66 receptions, 1,107 receiving yards, 6 TDs in 14 games
  • 2019 Positional Finish for Gallup: WR22

After  his breakout sophomore season, Gallup was a popular buy-low candidate prior to the NFL Draft. Gallup produced six games with 98 yards or more and looked to take another big leap in his 3rd season. Then the draft happened and Gallup managers may have panicked and traded him away. I am guilty of this and now regret it.

CeeDee Lamb was no doubt a surprising selection for the Cowboys with the 17th pick given the lack of need at wide receiver. Jerry Jones felt he was too good to pass up and screwed the Eagles in the process, as Lamb does have the make-up to be an absolute superstar. He will not be a star in year 1 and could spend a year behind Gallup as the No.3 option. Or he might not. Gallup and Lamb are both so talented that it’s tough to predict. 

Whoever emerges as the No. 2 target in this offense will have top 24 potential. My money is on Lamb, who I believe will become an elite WR in this league. But don’t sell the loser quite yet, which will be covered in the Tier 3 section.

Blake Jarwin, Tight End (DFD August ADP- 262.50):

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  • 2019 Stats:41 targets, 31 receptions, 365 receiving yards, 3 TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: TE28

Blake Jarwin is fine, but nothing special at the TE position. The Cowboys passing offense should be elite this season and Jarwin being their starting TE gives him value, but there’s also a trio of stud WRs who will see the ball A LOT.

His starting spot drives his value a lot more than his production. It’s not a terrible thing to be a redzone target for Dak Prescott. Since the TE position is a bit of a wasteland, Jarwin is a solid TE2 target or a decent TE1 target if you are punting the position. For managers looking to target a TE with a high ceiling, Jarwin is not your guy. 

Tier 3 (Top 36- RB and WRs only):

  • Steady depth players or high upside picks that can make or break your team
  • These players could be labeled “sleepers” if you look for that type of player

Loser of Lamb vs. Gallup Targets Battle

How is Dak going to feed all these target monsters!? There’s actually plenty of targets to go around, as the Cowboys have the 2nd most vacated targets in the NFL- 190 targets. All three receivers will have the potential to see 100 targets with an elite QB. 

Whoever ends up with least targets between this trio of outstanding receivers will be in the WR3 conversation, though it’s not impossible for the Cowboys to produce three top 24 WRs. One guy falling into each tier is more realistic though. Any of these Cowboy studs are a solid investment.


Philadelphia Eagles (9-7, 5-1 in NFC East)

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Tier 1 (Top 12 potential):

  • Potential studs to build your roster around
  • Will most likely command early round draft capital

Miles Sanders, Running Back (DFD August ADP- 12.5)

  • 2019 Stats: 179 carries, 818 rushing yards, 63 targets, 50 receptions, 6 total TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: RB15

Miles Sanders recently suffered a lower body injury and is week to week, but wasn’t ruled out for Week 1. Sanders’ owners should not panic for any reason. It’s valid to be frustrated, but it’s not a reason to move him or pass on him in a draft. If you think the Sanders’ owner might lower his value right now, it’s a good time for a price check and send out an offer.

The Penn State product is the best Eagles running back in quite some time and is projected to be a versatile workhorse for Philly. Eagles coach Doug Pederson has historically not given one running back a heavy workload, but he’s never had a back like Sanders either. Sanders’ versatility and receiving upside is exactly what you want in a RB1 on your roster.

Sanders will be a costly investment as his hype train is moving like a speeding bullet, as he’s currently the 9th RB off board in recent DFD mock drafts. There’s no denying that Sanders could finish as a top 12 RB, if not a top 6 RB.

Zach Ertz, Tight End (DFD August ADP- 57.5)

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  • 2019 Stats: 135 targets, 88 receptions, 916 yards, 6 TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: TE4

Zach Ertz is the model of consistency at the tight end position. The Stanford product has finished as a top 4 TE for 3 straight seasons and a top 12 TE for 5 straight seasons. In that 5 year span, Ertz has seen at least 100 targets and caught 70 receptions each season.

Though his production has been steady over his career, Ertz has been a sell candidate for dynasty owners given his age, his slight stat regression and the presence of the super talented Dallas Goedert. Ertz will continue to be a top 6 TE in 2020, but it is fair for Ertz managers to be concerned with Goedert continuing to eat into Ertz’ target share.

Carson Wentz, Quarterback (DFD August ADP- 107.75)

  • 2019 Stats: 63.9 % passes completed, 4,039 passing yards, 27 passing TDs, 7 interceptions, 243 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
  • 2019 Positional Finish: QB10

Philadelphia’s wide receivers were never healthy and Carson Wentz still finished as a top 12 QB. The underrated QB seems to have some injury history, but he’s only missed 8 games in 4 seasons. Those missed games happened to include Week 15 and Week 16 fantasy playoff match-ups in both 2017 and 2018. That’s just bad luck, but can result in lingering feelings of resentment and distrust in the fantasy community.

Wentz played his first full season since his rookie year and will look to enter 2020 with a much improved receiving corps, including uber athletic rookie Jalen Reagor. Wentz should finish in the top 12 QB conversation while possessing a ceiling as high as Top 5 QB if he can click with his new teammates. At his ADP, Wentz is undervalued and an outstanding QB target in later rounds.

Tier 2 (Top 24 potential):

  • Key starters that you need to be a contender in your league
  • Most likely to have middle round ADP – where fantasy seasons are won or lost

Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver (DFD August ADP- 172)

If speed does kill in the NFL, then Jalen Reagor is one bad man. The TCU star’s impressive film and eye popping advanced analytics had both film grinders and number nerds finding some harmony on Twitter.

Reagor’s landing spot was by far the sweetest among all rookie wide receivers, given his immediate opportunity to step up and compete for the WR1 position on the Eagles. There are other talented receivers on the Eagles, in particular DeSean Jackson, but they all have issues with staying healthy or Reagor just seems like a better player.

Reagor’s upside does make him a potential top 24 candidate at the wide receiver position, though the WR3 range may be a more tempered expectation for the athletic freak of football. At his current ADP, Reagor is looking like an absolute steal in drafts for 2020 and beyond.

Dallas Goedert, Tight End (DFD August ADP- 205)

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  • 2019 Stats: 87 targets, 58 receptions, 607 receiving yards, 5 TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: TE10

Dallas Goedert was one of the biggest steals of 2018 rookie drafts. At 6-foot-5 and 256 lbs, Goedert gives the Eagles’ offense another massive and dangerous redzone target. Along with Ertz, the Eagles were able to produce two Top 12 tight ends, which helped with a mass of WR injuries.

With a lot of receivers healthy again and the Eagles investing in three rookie WRs in the NFL Draft, Goedert is more of a high-end TE2 this season. If Ertz were to get hurt, Godert would instantly enter the top 5 TE discussion. When the talented TE eventually surpasses the older Ertz, it’s going to be something special, but  2020 is not the year.

Tier 3 (Top 36- RB and WRs only):

  • Steady depth players or high upside picks that can make or break your team
  • These players could be labeled “sleepers” if you are look that type of player

DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver (DFD August ADP- 205)

  • 2019 Stats: 10 targets, 9 receptions, 90 receiving yards, 2 TDs in 3 games
  • 2019 Positional Finish: WR129

DeSean Jackson is still dynamic, still dangerous and still a YAC monster.  Health is the only thing keeping him from being in the WR1 conversation in Philly. Jackson has played 14 games or more only twice in the last 5 seasons. If he can find a way to stay healthy and subsequently on the field, DJax is going to eat with Wentz’s deep ball ability and win quite a few manager some fantasy hardware. He’s worth the risk at that ADP cost, which are dart throw rounds.


New York Giants (4-12, 2-4 in NFC East)

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Tier 1 (Top 12 potential):

  • Potential studs to build your roster around
  • Will most likely command early round draft capital

Saquon Barkley, Running Back (DFD August ADP- 2.0)

  • 2019 Stats: 217 carries, 1,003 rushing yards, 73 targets, 52 receptions, 438 receiving yards, 8 total TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: RB10

The Penn State legend only played 13 games due to a high ankle sprain and still managed to finish as the RB10. Barkley has been one of the best runners in NFL, even behind a pretty bad Giants offensive line in his first two years. The O-Line will get a major boost from Andrew Thomas, the No. 4 overall pick and offensive tackle from Georgia.

Saquon Barkley is a top 2 pick in all formats. You could make an argument for Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson in Superflex formats, but Barkley and CMC are just too dominant at a more shallow position to pass on. The scary part is Barkley could actually get better and is locked in as a Tier 1 stud for many years to come. Invest and rejoice.

Evan Engram, Tight End (DFD August ADP- 82.25)

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  • 2019 Stats: 68 targets, 44 receptions, 467 receiving yards, 3 TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: TE18

Evan Engram looks destined to be a “What if” debate down the road. In 2017, the talented Giants TE finished as TE5 as a rookie and projected to be a stud TE for years to come.  Engram has been a bit of a disappointment since then, due his battle with injures as he has missed 13 out of 36 possible games  over the last three years.

At his career ADP, Engram is still a gamble due to his injury concerns, but he’s talented enough to be a top 5 TE. Engram is a big risk, big reward pick and managers would be passing on some solid RBs and WRs to roll the dice on him.

Tier 2 (Top 24 potential):

  • Key starters that you need to be a contender in your league
  • Most likely to have middle round ADP – where fantasy seasons are won or lost

Daniel Jones, Quarterback (DFD August ADP- 172.75)

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  • 2019 Stats: 61.9 % passes completed, 3,027 passing yards, 24 passing TDs, 12 interceptions, 279 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs in 13 starts
  • 2019 Positional Finish: QB24

Danny Dimes was a bit of a surprising pick at 6th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Twitter was full of Jones critics, but the rookie QB had some huge games in 2019. The Duke product had 4 games with 28 or more points, but the rest of the year was not so good.

Jones flashed some rushing upside and a strong arm, but he also lead the NFL in turnovers with 12 interceptions and 11 fumbles. He will have plenty of weapons with Engram, Barkley and all of his WRs healthy to start the year. However, Jones’ upside is limited to high-end QB2 due to the drastic need to improve his ball security.

Tier 3 (Top 36- RB and WRs only):

  • Steady depth players or high upside picks that can make or break your team
  • These players could be labeled “sleepers” if you are look that type of player

A Giants wide receiver: Sterling Shepard– ADP, Darius Slayton– ADP, Golden Tate– ADP

Darius Slayton was one of two NFC East rookie wide receivers to shock the NFL. The 5th round draft pick took advantage of a rash of Giants injuries and posted some excellent numbers (48 receptions, 740 yards, 8 TDs) in his first season. However, Slayton will have to contend with Engram, Shepard and Tate all turning this season.

Slayton offers the highest ceiling of the group, but Shepard offers the best floor and could be the Giants’ No. 1 WR. Shepard has had at least 80 targets in every season of his four-year career and he was favorite to be the lead receiver in 2019 prior to injuries.

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Golden Tate is also still in the mix and can’t be ignored. The Notre Dame product saw at saw at least 6 targets in 9 out of his 11 games played. He actually saw 8 or more targets in 6 of those games and went for 80 yards or more in 5 contests. Tate will still command targets and could be a steal late in drafts. 

This situation is a giant headache, as there’s no clear alpha among the WR group. The best way to play this situation is just take whoever slips the most in your drafts. Slayton has the most expensive ADP, but Shepard or Tate could easily outproduce him in 2020.


Washington Team To Be Named Later (3-13, 0-6 in NFC East)

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Tier 1 (Top 12 potential):

  • Potential studs to build your roster around
  • Will most likely command early round draft capital

There is no clear Tier 1 player on this team with no name. It’s an absolute dumpster fire except for Terry McLaurin and AP for 1 year.

Tier 2 (Top 24 potential):

  • Key starters that you need to be a contender in your league
  • Most likely to have middle round ADP – where fantasy seasons are won or lost

Terry McLaurin, Wide Receiver (DFD August ADP- 59.25)

  • 2019 Stats: 93 targets, 58 receptions, 919 receiving yards, 7 TDs
  • 2019 Positional Finish: WR29

Terry McLaurin is the ray of sunshine on a very cloudy Washington football team. McLaurin was definitely a “league winner” for many managers, as he blew away all expectations as a late round pick in all draft formats.  The Ohio State product checks a lot of boxes that you want in a stud WR- big, strong, athletic, great hands, great route runner.

Washington does not have another player worthy of immediate demand for targets, so McLaurin could see a big increase in his target share this season. Though McLaurin has the potential to finish as a high-end WR2, it’s tough to rely on any player on Washington for that type of production, as it’s going to be a very rough year for them. He’s a risk investment as WR2 though he has that potential, but he’s an outstanding play as your WR3.

Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback (DFD August ADP- 307)

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  • 2019 Stats: 58.6% passes completed, 1,365 passing yards, 7 TDs, 7 interceptions,
  • 2019 Positional Finish: QB36

Dwayne Haskins was doomed from the start. Haskins was a very good and extremely efficient QB at Ohio State, but he landed in the land of the lost as Washington is simply a mess of an organization. The 2nd year QB does have a legit WR1 with some intriguing rookies in AGG and Gibson, but it will be a challenging year for the signal caller for sure.

Despite the challenges ahead, Haskins could finish in the QB2 range and be a solid third QB on your SF rosters. Washington will not be winning a lot of football games and Haskins may need to chuck it a lot to get them to be competitive. The 2nd year QB is a cheap investment for a young and talented passer to see what happens.

If a manager is trying to avoid any type of long-term investment in Washington’s future, that’s totally understandable and probably a solid strategy.

Tier 3 (Top 36- RB and WRs only):

  • Steady depth players or high upside picks that can make or break your team
  • These players could be labeled “sleepers” if you are look that type of player

Adrian Peterson, Running Back (DFD August ADP- UNDRAFTED)

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  • 2019 Stats: 211 carries, 898 rushing yards, 23 targets, 17 receptions, 142 receiving yards, 5 total Tds
  • 2019 Positional Finish: RB33

With Guice no longer in Washington, Adrian Peterson looks like he will get his opportunity to be the lead man at least one more time in his storied career. The future Hall-of-Famer is the best option for Washington’s early down work, which gives him fantasy value in that fact alone. Yes, Washington is a dumpster fire, but a running back regularly touching the ball is always valuable regardless of how bad the situation is.

For the 2020 season, Peterson could be an excellent investment due to the fact that he will be super cheap for a large volume of carries he could be in store for this season. He’s definitely far from the stud he was back in Minnesota, but he could be a valuable depth piece or flex option if he can make the most of his opportunity.

Antonio Gandy-Golden, Wide Receiver (DFD August ADP- Undrafted)

Antonio Gandy-Golden is a small school prospect with big time hype. The Liberty star’s highlight film and numbers had dynasty owners investing in who they believe may be the next great FCS player to surprise the NFL. The popular rookie sleeper did land in a situation where he could easily win the WR2 job right away.

Though finishing as a top 36 WR seems lofty, it’s not completely out of the question. AGG could see plenty of targets and seems to have the talent to possibly bust out, just like his new teammate Terry McLaurin did last year. AGG is an outstanding dynasty stash if nothing else.

Antonio Gibson, Running back (DFD August ADP- 177.5)

Antonio Gibson was a popular pick in rookie drafts due his unbelievable athletic profile and his ability to play multiple positions. The Memphis product could see heavy work as a receiving back, change-of-pace back, slot receiver and even on the outside this year. It’s a very ambiguous backfield, so Gibson has a good chance for a solid workload in his rookie year.

Bryce Love, Running Back (DFD August ADP- Undrafted)

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Bryce Love has battled injuries since his days at Stanford, but he is a very good player with outstanding receiving upside. If he lands a featured role as a receiving back in the Washington offense, he could turn some heads and be a surprise fantasy contributor in 2020. All dynasty owners should keep him on your radar.


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