Fantasy football: NFC East

Many play fantasy football but few take the time necessary to dominate. Here, get an expert's look at the breakout players and where they've has landed now that the smoke has cleared from the offseason.

By Dale Lolley SteelCityInsider.com

Dallas: The Cowboys made one of the biggest splashes in free agency, signing disgruntled wideout Terrell Owens away from Philadelphia. Owens replaces Keyshawn Johnson opposite Terry Glenn, who still has plenty of speed. How long Owens behaves will be the question. You can bet he'll have big games in the two meetings with the Eagles, though. Glenn should benefit from more one-on-one coverage. They do, however, still have an over-the-hill Drew Bledsoe throwing them the ball. How long before Owens starts complaining about Bledsoe not getting him the ball enough?

The draft brought tight end Anthony Fasano in the second round, a pass-catching tight end who will back up starter Jason Witten, one of the game's best.

New York Giants: The Giants were pretty quiet this offseason as far as fantasy football goes, adding only speedy receiver Sinorice Moss in the second round of the draft. Moss reportedly looked good in offseason workouts, but will still be a fourth or fifth receiving option on a team that also includes running back Tiki Barber and tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Philadelphia: After giving up the Terrell Owens experiment, the Eagles surprisingly didn't do much in free agency or the draft to replace their former star wideout, bringing in only Jabar Gaffney, who had 55 catches for Houston last season, but averaged less than 10 yards per catch. The thought is that a healthy Donovan McNabb coupled with wideout Reggie Brown in his second season will be enough to replace Owens. Brown is a great sleeper receiver this season.

The draft did yield some help at the wide receiver position as the Eagles selected both Jason Avant of Michigan and Jeremy Bloom. Bloom should help the return game, but don't look for much from either reciever in terms of fantasy production.

Washington: Daniel Snyder was at it again this offseason, collecting as many name players as he could. Brandon Lloyd was added via a trade with San Francisco, while the team completely overpaid for Antwaan Randl El. One of those two will start opposite Santana Moss at wide receiver, with David Patten also figuring into the mix. Former starting quarterback Patrick Ramsey was traded to the Jets, opening the door for Jason Campbell to move into the backup role behind aging veteran Mark Brunell at quarterback.

(Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Washington Observer-Reporter.)


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