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Season 4,

#168: 2019 NFC East Preview with Hal Bent of

September 17, 2019

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  1. No pick in the 2019 NFL Draft was panned by the media more than the Giants selection of Daniel Jones at six overall. And this preseason, Jones has looked like a man on a mission to prove all the doubters wrong as through three games, he is 25/30 (83.3% completion rate), 369 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 INT. Eli Manning will begin the year under center, but if the Giants offense struggles badly the first two weeks, should Jones be starting in Week 3 or sooner?


  1. Outside Saquon Barkley, no player on this Giants offense has more fantasy appeal than Evan Engram. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, his ADP is currently around 58 overall, slightly behind O.J. Howard. Would you be comfortable taking Engram as your starting TE at that juncture, or would you wait a round or two to take Jared Cook (72.2) or Vance McDonald (77.9)?


  1. On paper, this Giants pass rush is one of the most uncertain units in the league. They are counting on second-year player Lorenzo Carter (a 2018 third-round pick) to supply the pressure off the edge and rookie NT Dexter Lawrence, who moves exceptionally smooth for a 342-lb. man, to supply pressure from the interior. Do you think the Giants pass rush can be a pleasant surprise in 2019…or is it a tall order?


  1. The Redskins are in a very similar situation at QB as the Giants are. They selected a potential franchise QB in Dwayne Haskins at 15 overall, yet journeyman Case Keenum will be starting Week 1 against the Eagles. If Keenum fails to get anything going the first two weeks, should Haskins be starting in Week 3?


  1. In the preseason dress rehearsal, Derrius Guice (74.3 ADP) showed he’s almost (or already) fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered last year. However, future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson (110.4 ADP) showed he still has more than enough juice left this preseason. Which Redskins RB would you prefer to own in fantasy…or would you avoid this backfield altogether?


  1. This Redskins defensive front looks VERY promising. You have the ‘Bama boys on the DL in Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne, both capable of stopping the run and getting after the QB. And coming off the edge, you have the underrated Pro Bowl vet Ryan Kerrigan and freakish athletic rookie Montez Sweat. But the back end leaves much to be desired as Reuben Foster will miss the entire season with a torn ACL and the secondary is a mess outside of Landon Collins. Can this Washington front four be elite more often than not this season in order to mask the deficiencies they have at LB and DB?


  1. With Carson Wentz more than a full year removed from that multi-ligament knee injury he suffered in his MVP-like 2017 season, is it reasonable to expect him to play close to that 2017 level this season if health permits?


  1. The Eagles have a crowded backfield, but rookie Miles Sanders has been the star of training camp. His current ADP is 54.4 per FFC. Would you be comfortable taking Sanders at that spot as the third or fourth RB on your roster in a 10-team league?


  1. This offseason, the Eagles parted ways with Michael Bennett via trade and Chris Long retired. The two accounted for 15.5 of the Eagles 44 sacks last season and had 121 of the teams 337 total QB pressures, per PFF. How do you see the Eagles replacing not only that production, but that efficiency as well?


  1. This is like a “now or never” year for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott is on the final year of his rookie deal and the Cowboys have assembled one of the league’s most talented rosters. Jerry Jones is also 76 years old and Jason Garrett is also in the final year of his contract. Would you consider anything less than an image of the Cowboys hoisting that Lombardi Trophy at Hard Rock Stadium in February a failure? Who should the Cowboys pay first: Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott?


  1. Cecil Lammey of says he is still drafting Zeke in the top five even if there is no resolution to his contract situation by next week. Is that a good idea or bad idea? Amari Cooper is currently battling plantar fasciitis. While it may not cost him any games, it will require aggressive management and treatment throughout the season. His current ADP is around 35.3 per FFC. Would you pass on him at that spot or would you be willing to bite the bullet with him as your first or second WR?


  1. Can this Cowboys D be even better in 2019?



  1. Truth/Exaggeration


-In April 2020, the Giants will have a top three pick in the draft for the second time in three years

-Dwayne Haskins’ fellow rookie classmate and college teammate Terry McLaurin will the Redskins in receiving yards and receiving TD’s this season

-Miles Sanders will emerge as the lead dog in the Eagles backfield early in the season and will end up as the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year

-Even when Ezekiel Elliott shows up, Tony Pollard will still get between 25-33% of the touches in the Cowboys backfield

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