Week 15 Fantasy Football Breakdown: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IIDecember 18, 2010

Week 15 Match-up:  Washington Redskins (5-8) at Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs

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Washington Redskins (Redskins Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Dallas Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 27th - TDs Allowed 31st

Dallas Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th – TDs Allowed T-17th


Washington Offensive Cast


Donovan McNabb (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 275/472 – for 3,377 yards & 14 TDs

Shanahan and the Redskins have decided that Rex Grossman gives them a better chance to win than Donovan McNasty and will sit the former All-Pro for the remainder of the season.  WOW!  And some people used to call Shanahan a genius…


Rex Grossman (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 4/7 – for 44 yards & 0 TDs

Rex will get a shot to show the Redskins’ brass what he’s made of against the Cowboys this week.  Funny, I thought everyone already knew Grossman pretty much blows.


Ryan Torain (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 19)

2010 Season: 115 carries for 563 yards & 3 TDs || 10 receptions for 65 yards & 1 TD

Did you all catch what Ryan did to that poor Tampa rush D last week (24 carries, 172 yards)?  Holy crap!  Every time I looked, Torain was trucking through the defensive line and making the Bucs secondary have to pull him down.  He won’t beat the Cowboys front seven as easily, but you can bet the Redskins will be getting him the ball a ton this game.


Keiland Williams (RB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 61 carries for 245 yards & 3 TDs || 33 receptions for 245 yards & 2 TDs

Keiland is back taking on the third-down RB duties with Torain looking good in his return last weekend.  Don’t even think of playing him.


Santana Moss (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 17)

2010 Season: 71 receptions for 884 yards & 4 TDs

It’s getting tough for wide receivers NOT to go off against the Cowboys this season, and even though Moss isn’t exactly the steadiest of plays, this weekend may be the best bet he’s had all year to put up some real nice fantasy numbers no matter who the QB is.


Anthony Armstrong (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 35 receptions for 672 yards & 2 TDs

Armstrong had a few decent weeks this season, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to depend on him as any more than a flex in large leagues.


Chris Cooley (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 13)

2010 Season: 62 receptions for 686 yards & 2 TDs

Cooley has the most targets in the NFL for tight ends right now and is sure to make a huge splash one of these days.  Strangely enough, Cooley just demanded that he should be getting more looks on offense from here on out, so expect Chris to get his wish seeing what he’s done in the past for this team.


Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Washington Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 29th - TDs Allowed 15th

Washington Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 28th – TDs Allowed T-22nd


Dallas Offensive Cast


Jon Kitna (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 8)

2010 Season: 172/261 – for 1,945 yards & 13 TDs

Kitna threw for 242 yards and two TDs against Philly at home last game, so against a much worse pass D than the Eagles sport, you can expect at least that much this weekend at home against the Redskins, and possibly a whole lot more.


Felix Jones (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 23)

2010 Season: 146 carries for 572 yards & 1 TD || 44 receptions for 396 yards & 1 TD

Felix has averaged over 20 touches a game the last few weeks which has led to him putting up 95.7 total yards/game in that time.  These numbers look to continue on Sunday against a Redskins defense that has a tough time stopping, well, pretty much anything teams throw at them.


Tashard Choice (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 30)

2010 Season: 40 carries for 154 yards & 2 TDs || 10 receptions for 62 yards & 0 TDs

Choice didn’t get nearly the love fantasy owners were expecting last week after he proved his worth the week before against the Colts.  However, the Cowboys should have room enough to get him some good play this weekend against a poor Redskins front seven.


Marion Barber (RB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 102 carries for 313 yards & 3 TDs || 11 receptions for 49 yards & 0 TDs

It’s iffy as to whether or not Barber will play this weekend.  If he does give it a go, give him the 30-rank over Choice as he’ll still be the goal-line guy.  If not, leave things as is.


Miles Austin (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 10)

2010 Season: 58 receptions for 826 yards & 5 TDs

With Dez Bryant going down for the year, Austin becomes the sole WR1 on this team and will demand a ton of targets because of it.  He may have been held at bay last week against the Eagles, but Miles showed that the Redskins D isn’t nearly as good as them by putting up 146 yards and a TD on 10 catches during their first game this season.


Roy E. Williams (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 36 receptions for 525 yards & 5 TDs

I was actually going to rank Roy this week until he pulled up lame.  If he does end up playing, his groin will still limit him enough to be left on your bench.


Sam Hurd (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 41)

2010 Season: 8 receptions for 68 yards & 0 TDs

It’s tough for me to put this guy in my rankings, but with Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree both out for the year and Williams likely to be sitting on the sidelines, Sam will be counted on quite a bit in this game.  Against the Redskins pass D, even a no-name guy like Hurd can surprise with a nice fantasy showing.


Jason Witten (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 2)

2010 Season: 72 receptions for 771 yards & 6 TDs

Witten is a helluva tight end, and Kitna is letting the world know it week by week.  If Jason wasn’t the leader in TE receptions, second in targets, tied for fourth in TDs and second in overall fantasy points, I’d mark him below Tamme this week.  However, he is, and will put up the stats this weekend to justify his ranking.




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