Giants vs. Cowboys: Fantasy football angles
What can be better than a Giants vs. Cowboys showdown to kickoff the NFL regular season on a strange and dreary Wednesday night in September? Beyond the real life implications this division showdown will provide, this key matchup offers fantasy footballers a heck of a lot to chew on. And hopefully, from a fantasy football perspective, this game will provide answers to many key questions. There are questions at multiple positions, but let’s focus in on just one area: wide receiver.
Who will be the third wide receiver?
Perhaps the biggest unknown is who exactly will be the third wide receiver on the potent NY Giants offense. Rueben Randle was the favorite for a while after the Giants took the LSU alum with the number two pick in this year’s draft. But then fourth year, 6-6 Ramses Barden began to enter back into the conversation.
It seems like every week Dallas receivers Miles Austin lands on the injury report with a hamstring issue and Dez Bryant lands himself in jail. Well, not exactly. But you get the point. There are major question marks for the Cowboys, not just at the third receiver slot, but in the first and second slots as well.
But let’s assume Austin and Bryant both dress…and both get on the field tonight, who then is the third man? After all, this too can be a potent offense worth owning a fantasy football player from.
The depth chart lists fourth year player Kevin Ogletree and second year player Dwayne Harris. Harris is the more exciting player here and should get some looks. The second-year 24-year-old out of East Carolina looked like a number one receiver in the preseason. He tallied 2 touchdowns on 118 yards in a game against the Rams, including a 61-yard catch and run into the end zone. He wound up with 173 yards off of 8 receptions (21.6 yard average) in the preseason and finished tied with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown for the lead for receiving touchdowns at 3.
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