The Cowboys will likely start Johnson this week at New York, but look for Brooks Bollinger to take over shortly after that. Neither quarterback is fantasy worthy, but it's obvious that Johnson no longer has the arm strength to make this offense go and he will be a sitting duck back in the pocket against the hard-charging Giants. Don't start either QB as this is going to be a disaster for the Cowboys.
Romo sidelined, defenses have been stacking the line of scrimmage and making it impossible for Barber to get anything going. He's averaged less than 3 yards per carry in two of the last three games and he has just one rushing TD in his last five games. He averaged just 2.8 yards on 25 carries (71 yards) last week vs. Tampa Bay and it won't get much better this week vs. the Giants.
Romo injured and then sidelined, Owens has been easy to cover the last three games. Double teams have limited him to 11 catches for 100 yards and no TDs and it's apparent he's getting mighty frustrated. He's going to get even more frustrated this week as there is no way the Giants will allow him to get anything going with Johnson or Bollinger at QB. Expect another bummer game for T.O.
Williams caught his first TD pass as a Cowboy last week, but he still finished with only two catches for 10 yards. He has very little value in this offense until Romo returns to the starting lineup. Oh, and the Cowboys gave up way too much to pick up this overvalued wideout.
Crayton has also been shut down the last two weeks with Johnson at QB as he has a total of four catches for 43 yards in two games. It won't get any better this week against a Giants' defense that already ranks fifth vs. the pass. This will be another bad game for Crayton, so consider sitting him in Week 9.
Witten suffered bruised ribs last week against Tampa Bay and could miss this week's game, which would be a big blow to the Cowboys. He could play with extra padding, but it's obvious that he's not going to be near 100 percent and could even miss the game. If he doesn't start, then look for Martellus Bennett to fill in, but he's not a worthy pickup for the short term.
The Cowboys have been dreadful in the turnover department this year, forcing just four fumbles and two interceptions through seven games. The 22 sacks are the one upside of this disappointing fantasy defense, however.
Manning withstood the tough Steelers' pass rush last week and hung in long enough to lead the Giants to a 21-14 win. He finished with 199 yards and one TD pass, the sixth straight game with at least one TD pass but his third straight game with less than 200 yards passing. Eli now faces a Cowboys' defense that ranks 14th vs. the pass and has a solid pass, rush, so expect similar numbers once again in Week 9 as the Giants roll to a win on the ground.
Jacobs couldn't get anything going last week at Pittsburgh and was even stuffed three times near the goal-line in the first half. He finished with just 47 yards rushing on 18 carries and was replaced in the second half by Derrick Ward. Don't worry about that as he should have better success this week as the Cowboys' defense will be backed up often thanks to an offense that won't be able to do much of anything.
Ward got a season-high 18 touches last week at Pittsburgh as he rushed for 37 yards on 13 carries and had five catches for 43 yards. He should get a similar amount of touches this week vs. Dallas as the Giants will run the ball early and often against a Cowboys' defense that ranks 11th vs. the run.
The Giants held Burress out of the first quarter of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh to discipline him for missing treatments last week and he did little after that, catching just three passes for 15 yards. He now has just six catches for 39 yards and 0 TDs in his last two games and is getting to be a bigger problem than the Giants can handle. They will get him back on track this week, even though they won't need a big game from Plax to beat the Cowboys.
Smith still doesn't have a TD catch this season, but he continues to play well each week for the Giants. He had three catches for 45 yards last week at Pittsburgh and now has 15 catches in the last three games for 178 yards. He's not a certain fantasy play yet, but if you need a fill-in for the bye week you could do a lot worse than Smith.
Toomer does more for the Giants than he will ever do for your fantasy team. He was limited to two catches for 39 yards last week at Pittsburgh, but one catch was a key diving catch that set up the game-winning TD. He has just one TD catch this season, however, so keep him on your bench for now.
Boss had four catches last week at Pittsburgh for 34 yards, including the game-winning two-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter. He's still not a worthy play in fantasy football, but it was a good outing nonetheless.
The Giants' defense was dominating last week at Pittsburgh as it sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times and came away with four interceptions. Brad Johnson will look like a statue this week compared to Roethlisberger.