Redskins vs. Cowboys: Undervalued Fantasy Players Set to Shine in Dallas

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 16:  Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson #85 of the Washington Redskins catches a pass for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins will battle the Dallas Cowboys in a pivotal NFC East showdown on Sunday Night Football in Week 6. But earning a win will be just as critical for keeping pace in the division as it will be for bragging rights in the rivalry.

For many NFL fans, Sunday night's prime-time matchup will have momentous fantasy implications.

While superstars like Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III, Dez Bryant and Alfred Morris are sure to put together quality performances in front of a national audience, there are other key contributors flying under the radar coming into the weekend.

Here, I'll highlight three undervalued fantasy performers poised for big games on Sunday night.

*Availability and standard-league scoring stats according to ESPN Fantasy


Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys, WR

Despite exploding for 23 fantasy points in Week 5, Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams is still available in more than half of all ESPN fantasy leagues this weekend. 

Although it's almost certain that Williams won't average 38 yards per catch again on Sunday night against Washington, he will have another favorable matchup as he gets set to go up against one of the league's most porous secondaries.

The Redskins are surrendering an NFL-worst 9.2 yards per pass attempt this season and Washington has also allowed nine touchdowns through the air in just four games.

With Jim Haslett having no choice but to send extra attention in Dez Bryant's direction, Williams and his fantasy owners are sure to benefit from Sunday's matchup.


Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins, WR

If Terrance Williams isn't available in your league, don't hesitate to bring on Washington Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson, who is owned in just over 12 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues. Like Williams, the third-year player out of Miami (FL) will be facing off against one of the NFL's worst secondaries. 

Only the Denver Broncos are allowing more passing yards per game than Dallas this season and no team has given up more passing touchdowns than the Cowboys, who have surrendered 14 through five weeks.

Only Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss have been targeted by Robert Griffin III more often than Hankerson in 2013. But Hankerson's two touchdowns are tied for the most among Redskins receivers.

With plenty of yards and touchdowns to be had against this Cowboys defense this weekend, Hankerson is a must-start for fantasy owners everywhere.


Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys, K

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Kicker Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys kicks a 51-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images
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Cowboys place kicker Dan Bailey is only owned in 69 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues coming into Week 6, meaning, he's available in a lot of leagues around the country and certainly worth a search for owners who haven't been getting consistent production from their starting kickers. 

Bailey is averaging 9.4 fantasy points per week in standard-scoring leagues and ranks 10th-best among all NFL kickers in total fantasy points scored thus far.

He's cashed in on nine of 11 field-goal attempts to this point and is a perfect 15-for-15 on extra points. Keep in mind that Bailey has attempted at least two field goals in four of Dallas' five games, and he has made at least two field goals in three of those games. 

With the Redskins sure to give up a few touchdowns as well on Sunday night, Bailey is an excellent fantasy play at kicker.


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