Eagles vs. Cowboys: Ranking Best Fantasy Options in NFC East Battle

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 18:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sunday night's matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles (3-8) and Dallas Cowboys (5-6) doesn't mean all that much to the casual NFL fan. But to fantasy football players, it means everything.

With a lot of teams on the precipice of the playoffs, Week 13 is the single most important fantasy week of the NFL season.

If you own a member of the Eagles or the Cowboys, here's to hoping he found his way onto this list. 

3. Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is finally paying off for fantasy owners, as he's put up two back-to-back weeks of 100-plus receiving yards and at least one touchdown. His 145-yard, two-touchdown day against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day netted fantasy owners 25.1 points in ESPN standard leagues.

The Eagles defense has surrendered 20 touchdowns to opposing receivers, which is tied for seventh-worst among NFL defenses.

Bryant should be able to utilize his frame and speed against Nnamdi Asomugha, who has been getting torched all season.

Bryant went for 87 yards and a score the last time these two met, and I think you can expect similar numbers on Sunday night.

2. Bryce Brown

We don't know much about Bryce Brown, but what we do know is that he rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football—good for a 9.4 YPC average.

Fantasy owners may be wary of starting Brown after his two fumbles in that game, but if you have him on your team, I see no reason not to utilize him.

The Cowboys defense allows more than 110 rushing yards per game, and with Nick Foles starting for Philly, Brown should see a heavy dose of carries. 

Andy Reid didn't know how to utilize LeSean McCoy when he was healthy. Let's hope he learned from his mistake with Brown on Sunday Night Football.

1. Tony Romo

It's not often that you'll hear me say this, but I think Tony Romo will be one of the highest-scoring fantasy QBs in Week 13.

He has an extremely favorable matchup against a terrible Philadelphia defense that has allowed 20 touchdowns through the air.

Despite throwing two picks, Romo put up huge numbers on Thanksgiving Day. He threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns, much to the like of his owners, who gained 28.3 fantasy points by starting him (ESPN standard leagues).

That's now five straight weeks that Romo has accumulated at least 15 fantasy points.

ESPN fantasy football expert Eric Karabell ranks Romo as the fifth-best fantasy quarterback this weekend, and he receives no argument from me. 

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