Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 15: Cowboys vs. Eagles

Sunday night’s game is a crucial one in the playoff chase.

The top two teams in the NFC East will face off Sunday night in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the division winner. The Philadelphia Eagles currently have the edge on the Dallas Cowboys, because, while both teams are 9-4, they beat the Cowboys the first time they played one another. The Cowboys, however, could easily turn that around with a win.

The Cowboys come into Sunday’s game largely healthy, from a fantasy perspective. Quarterback Tony Romo is the team’s only fantasy-relevant player on the injury report, but that seems a formality, and he’ll certainly play Sunday. The Eagles, too, are pretty healthy — running back Chris Polk and kicker Cody Parkey are both listed, but neither will be an issue for the game.

The Eagles will host Sunday’s game at 8:30 p.m. ET. Let’s take a look at the fantasy names you’ll be considering:

COWBOYS

Start ‘em: In his last four games, Tony Romo has had 20-plus fantasy points three times; granted, the one awful game in that stretch was against this Philadelphia team, but Romo is still a low-end QB1. … DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are every-week starters, without question. … Dan Bailey hasn’t been as productive as he normally is, but he’s still a starting kicker.

Start ‘em?: It’s been an awful last couple games for Jason Witten, but before that he had 9.3 points a game over a four-game stretch; he’s a low-ceiling starter if you use him.

Sit ‘em: The Cowboys’ defense has fallen on hard times of late; the Philadelphia offense should do well.

EAGLES

Start ‘em: People who used the No. 1 overall draft pick on LeSean McCoy haven’t really enjoyed this season, but he’s still a fantasy starter, sink or swim. … Cody Parkey has his worst game of the season against Seattle in Week 14, but the Dallas defense isn’t the Seattle defense. … The Eagles’ defense has been great this year; it’s a low-end No. 1 defense.

Start ‘em?: Things haven’t gone as well for Mark Sanchez as many of us predicted. He’s a mid-range QB2 because of his upside, but not an exciting fantasy starter. … Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews have seen their numbers suffer a bit of late with the team’s overall offensive struggles. Maclin is still a decent low-end starter, while Matthews is a riskier flex option.

Sit ‘em: In his last four games, Darren Sproles has only put up more than four fantasy points once, averaging 3.8 points a game in that time. … Even off his best game in two months, Zach Ertz is not a fantasy option.

SUMMARY

Start in every league: Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Dan Bailey, LeSean McCoy, Cody Parkey, Philadelphia defense

Start if you’re desperate: Jason Witten, Mark Sanchez, Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews

Bench: Dallas defense, Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz

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