Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys Matchup Preview 10/20/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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This matchup between the top two NFC East teams has huge playoff implications. The race to win the division title will almost certainly be between these two teams. Both teams have a 3-3 record right now, but the Eagles appear to be the better team, as they have shown that they can beat top teams. The Eagles have beaten the Packers, but still lost to the Falcons. Meanwhile, the Cowboys started the season very well, beating three bad teams: the Giants, the Redskins, and the Dolphins. Since then, they have lost to the Saints, Packers, and Jets. While the Saints and Packers are very good teams, the loss to the Jets was extremely disappointing. The Cowboys have to prove that they can compete with top teams if they want to make a decent playoff run. The Eagles also have to prove that they can consistently beat good teams. This extremely important Sunday Night matchup will show us which team can compete from the NFC East. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys matchup page.
Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Time: 8:20 ET
Location: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
Philadelphia Eagles: LB Nigel Bradham (O) – Ankle, WR DeSean Jackson (O) – Abdomen, DT Tim Jernigan (O) – Foot, CB Avonte Maddox (O) – Concussion/Neck, T Jason Peters (O) – Knee, RB Darren Sproles (O) – Quadricep, CB Ronald Darby (Q) – Hamstring
Dallas Cowboys: CB Anthony Brown (O) – Hamstring, WR Randall Cobb (Q) – Back, T La’el Collins (Q) – Knee, WR Amari Cooper (Q) – Ankle/Quadricep, CB Byron Jones (Q) – Hamstring, G Zack Martin (Q) – Back/Ankle, T Tyron Smith (Q) – Ankle
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The top receiver for the Eagles is Zach Ertz. He leads the team with 33 receptions for 366 yards. Ertz has been playing well, but this is concerning because the Eagles are lacking a WR1. Alshon Jeffery is supposed to be that receiver, but he only has 215 yards over 5 games and ranks third on the team in receiving yards and targets. The Cowboys also rank 10th in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. This means that Jeffery and WR2 Nelson Agholor should not have great games against the Cowboys defense. However, Zach Ertz should have a great game. The Cowboys rank 29th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, and Ertz is the top receiver for the Eagles, so he should have a great game.
Even though the Cowboys have allowed a lot of fantasy points to tight ends, they have not allowed many fantasy points to quarterbacks. They rank 4th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and have the 3rd ranked defense in passing yards allowed. The best passing performance they have allowed was against Sam Darnold, who threw for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns. That still is not an outstanding performance. The Cowboys have limited opposing quarterbacks, and they should be able to contain Wentz this week.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Dallas Cowboys Analysis
The Cowboys passing attack will have a monster game this week. The Eagles pass defense is ranked 29th in yards allowed and the Cowboys offense is ranked 3rd in passing yards. That is a recipe for Dak Prescott and his receivers to have a great day. The Cowboys have torched bad defenses through the air and even had 441 passing yards against a good packers defense. They could easily have 400+ passing yards against the Eagles. Last week, Kirk Cousins, who had not been very productive before, put up 333 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. The Cowboys could be even better than the Vikings offense, so Dak Prescott should have a better game than Cousins did.
Prescott is not the only player who benefits from a weak Eagles defense. WR1 Amari Cooper should have a huge game against the Eagles defense because they have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Cooper has proven that he can have huge games, so his ceiling for fantasy points is extremely high. He has had three 20+ point games, including a 42.6 point game against the Packers. Also, Michael Gallup is another great play against the Eagles defense. He has averaged 18.7 PPR in the four games he has played. Lastly, running back Ezekiel Elliott is also a great start. Though the Cowboys will likely rely on the passing game, Elliott will still see plenty of touches. He has had a touchdown in his last three games and could get another one this week in goal line situations.
Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Cowboys Offense Torches Eagles Secondary
I really like Dak Prescott (DK: $6,200, FD: $7,800) and his receivers to do well in this game. They face an Eagles team that has allowed the third most passing yards in the league. Against bad defenses, Prescott has had career games, and he could easily have another career game against the Eagles. Also, his receivers Amari Cooper (DK: $7,200, FD: $7,800) and Michael Gallup (DK: $6,500, FD: $6,300) should have great games. Even though all of these players have a pretty high salary this week, they may be worth it because of how favorable the matchup is. I do not like Ezekiel Elliott (DK: $8,100, FD: $8,100) as much because the Eagles run defense has actually been decent. He is not worth his extremely high salary, as most of the Cowboys offense will be through the air. Lastly, Zach Ertz (DK: $5,500, FD: $6,300) is another player that could do very well. The Cowboys have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to tight ends and he leads the Eagles team in targets. He also has a high salary, but is one of the best options at tight end this week.