NFL Week Two: Game of The Week (Fantasy Style)

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 19, 2009

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

With Week Two of the NFL season fast approaching, it is once again time for the Bruno Boys to pick a Game of the Week. As always, there's a fantasy football twist, focusing on a game that we feel will have a lot of impact on the fantasy football world.

This week we will head to Arlington, Texas, and the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art 80,000-seat Cowboys Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys will host their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants. Both teams are coming off victorious Week Ones. The Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-21, while the Giants disposed of the Washington Redskins 23-17. This game should feature some explosive offensive fire power, so let’s take a look at the positional comparisons from a fantasy football standpoint.


Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is coming off a huge week in which he passed for a career-high 353 yards with three passing touchdowns. He completed 16 of 27 pass attempts, while connecting with six different receivers. Romo did tweak his ankle in the game, but he did not miss anytime. He is expected to play this week, saying his ankle is sore, but he will tape it up and be ready to go.

Romo is the Bruno Boys No. 9 ranked quarterback this week and he is a must start, even against a solid Giants Defense.

The Giants’ Eli Manning also had a good game Week One. He was 20 for 29 passing for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Manning also did a very good job spreading the ball around, hitting seven different receivers on the day. Manning should be considered a high-end QB2 this week and is our No. 14 ranked quarterback.

Running Backs

Both teams feature similar running back systems. They both have power starting running backs and very speedy change of pace runners. The Cowboys’ Marion Barber is coming off a season in which he was slowed by injuries, which have left many of us questioning his durability. In the Cowboys’ Week One contest Barber looked healthy, finishing the game with 14 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. The Bruno Boys are predicting a similar game from him this week as he is our No. 11 ranked running back.

The Giants' starting running back is Brandon Jacobs, who powered his way to 46 yards on 16 carries last week. He should be considered a RB2 this week and is our No. 19 ranked running back.

As stated above, both teams feature speedy change of pace backs. The Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw is ranked No. 35, and the Cowboys’ Felix Jones is ranked No. 49 on our running back rankings. They both could be used as a RB3 or flex position players, although Jones is nursing an injury and you should check his status before inserting him into your lineup.

Wide Receivers

The Cowboys showed Week One that they have a solid trio of wide receivers. Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, and Austin Miles all had touchdowns of 42 yards or more last week. Williams ranks No. 9 on our wide receiver ranking this week, while Crayton and Austin rank No. 43 and No. 48 respectively. Consider Williams a low-end WR1 this week, but Crayton and Austin both need to prove they aren’t one-week wonders and would be best serve as reserves this week.

The Giants don’t have particularly high profile wide receivers, but in the Giants team system they can be very effective. Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, and Mario Manningham all provide excellent targets for Eli Manning. Smith is the Bruno Boys No. 30 ranked wide receiver and should be considered a WR3 or flex option this week. Hixon ranks No. 39 and Manningham ranks No. 69 this week.

Tight Ends

The Cowboys’ Jason Witten is one of Romo’s favorite targets and one of the best tight ends in football. He led the Cowboys with five catches in Week One for 71 yards, and he is our No. 2 ranked tight end this week. Witten is a must-start tight end on a weekly basis.

The Giants’ Kevin Boss is in his second season as New York’s starting tight end and he is proving to be a reliable target for Manning. He had three receptions for 62 yards with a touchdown Week 1 and he could be used as a low-end TE1 this week if necessary.


Both the Giants’ Lawrence Tynes and the Cowboys’ Nick Folk were perfect last week. Tynes scored 11 points, while Folk scored 10, and they both make solid starting kicker options this week.


Normally we don’t recommend starting the D/ST units in our featured Game of the Week as we are usually featuring what will be a high scoring affair, but the Giants possess one of the top-three units in fantasy football and are a must-start D/ST on a weekly basis. The Cowboys also have a solid D/ST and they could be used as a low-end starting unit this week.