Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins Matchup Preview 9/15/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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In week 2, we get to see one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL. However, it has not been much of a competitive rivalry recently because the Cowboys have won five of the last six games against the Redskins. The Cowboys should win another one in Washington this week, but the Redskins with Case Keenum could be a problem for the Cowboys. Against the Eagles last week, the Redskins held a commanding 17-0 in the second quarter. That quickly changed in the second half, when the Eagles came back to beat the Redskins with ease. The Redskins showed that they should not be written off this year as bottom-feeders, but still choked the game in the second half. First year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore worked wonders with the Cowboys offense last week, beating the Giants 35-17. While the Cowboys are still the clear favorites to win the game, the Redskins offense could pose a difficult test for the Cowboys. For odds movement and full matchup history on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: FedExField – Landover, MD
Coverage: FOX

Injury Report

Dallas Cowboys: DE Taco Charlton (Q) – Ankle, S Tyvis Powell (Q) – Hamstring, LB Luke Gifford (Q) – Ankle, S Darian Thompson (Q) – Ankle, S Donovan Wilson (Q) – Ankle
Washington Redskins: TE Jordan Reed (Q) – Concussion, DT Caleb Brantley (Q) – Ankle, DE Jonathan Allen (D) – Knee, CB Fabian Moreau (Q) – Ankle, QB Colt McCoy (O) – Lower leg, RB Derrius Guice (D) – Knee

Dallas Cowboys Analysis

Dallas CowboysAs I mentioned before, this offense looks much better with Kellen Moore as the offensive coordinator. Dak Prescott had one of the best games in his career because of this, and with Ezekiel Elliot with the team, this offense could be unstoppable. On paper, the Cowboys have all the pieces on offense. The offensive line has been very good for years now, they have a top-3 running back, a solid quarterback, and a clear WR1 in Amari Cooper.

This offense should feast again this week against the Redskins defense that did not look good against the Eagles. The Eagles did very well last week, with 123 rushing yards, 313 passing yards, and a 64% conversion rate on third down. Deep threat DeSean Jackson had 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Redskins defense could not defend the deep ball, and the Cowboys have several deep threats, with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin. The Cowboys offense has as much talent on offense as the Eagles, maybe even more talent than the Eagles, so the Cowboys should be productive against the Redskins as well.

Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott will have big games this week. Last year against the Redskins, Amari Cooper had 180 yards and 2 touchdowns in week 12 against the Redskins. Another factor working in Cooper’s favor is that Josh Norman is planning to shadow the top receiver for the opposing team this season. Last week, he shadowed Alshon Jeffrey, and Jeffrey hauled in 5 receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. Those are not “shutdown corner” numbers. Norman is not the top flight cornerback he used to be, and Amari Cooper will have a day against him.

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart

QB: Dak Prescott
RB1: Ezekiel Elliott
RB2: Tony Pollard
WR1: Amari Cooper
WR2: Michael Gallup
WR3: Randall Cobb
TE: Jason Witten

Washington Redskins Analysis

Washington RedskinsThe Redskins offense looked good last week. Case Keenum had 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is a perfect fit in the Redskins offense and will continue to have good performances, even if the team loses games. Coming into the season, Derrius Guice had a lot of hype surrounding him, but he performed poorly this game and injured his knee (not the same knee with the torn ACL from last season). He will likely miss a few weeks, so Adrian Peterson will see a lot of carries as the lead back for now. As for receivers, the Redskins have a lot of good options, but have no single receiver that will receive the majority of targets. Last week, rookie Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson led the team with targets at 7 each and Trey Quinn was close behind them with 6 targets. Even though McLaurin had a big game this week with 125 yards and a touchdown, it would be difficult to start any Redskins receivers for fantasy football because we do not know who will get a steady amount of targets each game.

Last week was a very disappointing loss. The Redskins dominated the Eagles in the first half, but the defense failed to stop the Eagles offense in the second half and could not get the running game going, only rushing for 28 yards the whole game. The Redskins looked like a completely different team in the first half and second half of this game. They have the ability to compete with a top team like the Eagles, but also showed why the Redskins are projected to finish at the bottom of the NFC East. Which Redskins will we see this week? Probably the Redskins we saw in the second half of week 1.

Washington Redskins Depth Chart

QB: Case Keenum
RB1: Adrian Peterson
RB2: Derrius Guice
WR1: Terry Mclaurin
WR2: Paul Richardson
WR3: Trey Quinn
TE: Jordan Reed

Daily Fantasy: Cowboys Offensive Trio Shreds Redskins Defense

The trio of Dak Prescott (DK: $6,300, FD: $7,700), Ezekiel Elliot (DK: $8,700, FD: $8,500), and Amari Cooper (DK: $7,400, FD: $7,800) will have very good games. They are all expensive picks for this week, so if you are going to pick one of them, I would go with Amari Cooper. His big play ability and consistent production sets him up for a monster game against the Redskins secondary. As I mentioned in the Dallas Cowboys Analysis section, Cooper will be matched up against Josh Norman and will be able to beat Norman in coverage, just like he did in last season’s matchup. A sneaky QB to play this week would be Case Keenum (DK: $5,000, FD: $6,900). He is thriving in the Redskins offense and will likely have to throw the ball a lot because the Redskins will likely be behind for most of the game. He is very cheap and will put up good numbers, regardless of whether the whole Redskins team performs well. I would stay away from the Redskins receivers until we see who gets the majority of targets, and I would also opt not to start any Redskins running backs. We do not know who is going to be the primary playmaker for the Redskins, but Keenum will have a good game against the Cowboys defense that allowed 306 yards to Eli Manning last week.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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