Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Sunday , Dec. 23 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDrew Brees

Drew Brees

313 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Brees and the Saints aren't playing for the postseason, but they're playing for pride. The offense is as healthy now as it has been all season, and even though the interceptions have come in bunches, Brees is churning out stellar numbers for fantasy owners.

RBMark Ingram

Mark Ingram

62 rush yards, rush TD

When the Saints feed Ingram, he produces. He has averaged 5.0 or more yards per carry in four of the team's last eight games and should have nice numbers against a Cowboys defense missing Jay Ratliff up front.

RBDarren Sproles

Darren Sproles

11 rush yards, 5 rec, 41 rec yards, rec TD

The Cowboys are thin at linebacker and the talent that remains will have trouble keeping track of Sproles out of the backfield. He won't see many carries due to the emergence of Mark Ingram, but he'll do plenty of damage catching passes.

RBPierre Thomas

Pierre Thomas

13 rush yards, 3 rec, 16 rec yards

Thomas is being squeezed out of the playbook by Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram. He is a part-time rusher and receiver, nothing more.

WRLance Moore

Lance Moore

5 rec, 68 yards, rec TD

Moore is spotty: Some weeks he's up, other weeks he's absent. This could be a good one, though. His speed and New Orleans' depth at receiver will help him get lost in coverage.

WRMarques Colston

Marques Colston

3 rec, 44 yards

The Cowboys' cornerbacks can hang with Colston in one-on-one coverage as well as any players the Saints have faced. This might be a week to lean on another wide receiver.

WRJoseph Morgan

Joseph Morgan

2 rec, 32 yards

Morgan is the Saints' new big-play weapon, with 371 yards on just nine receptions. The Cowboys do a good job of keeping the action in front of them (well, most of the time), which should keep Morgan off his game.

TEJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

7 rec, 99 yards, rec TD

Heath Miller beat up the Cowboys' defense last week, slipping past Anthony Spencer on his touchdown catch. Fantasy owners have been waiting patiently for Graham to explode. This week, he will.

KGarrett Hartley

Garrett Hartley

4 PATs, FG

Talk about an unbalanced statistic: Hartley ranks second in the league in extra point attempts (48) and near the bottom in field-goal attempts (18). It's what coaches hope for, but not what fantasy owners need.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

Two reasons to keep New Orleans out of starting lineups: The Saints allow 27.1 points per game, and Dallas has been one of the NFL's most balanced and dangerous offenses in recent weeks.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTony Romo

Tony Romo

292 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 15 rush yards

No pressure, but Dallas' playoff hopes rest on the outcome of this contest. Romo is one of the league's hottest fantasy passers right now, which should give the Cowboys and Romo's fantasy owners confidence this week.

RBDeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

108 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 22 rec yards

Murray exceeded everyone's expectations last week against Pittsburgh's feared defensive front, managing 81 yards and finding the end zone. The Saints should provide a much easier challenge, as they allow 5.0 yards per carry.

RBFelix Jones

Felix Jones

11 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

There is no room for Jones to succeed this week. This game will be a passing frenzy, and when Dallas chooses to put the ball on the ground it'll feed DeMarco Murray. Jones is merely window dressing.

WRMiles Austin

Miles Austin

5 rec, 89 yards, rec TD

Austin stepped up last week, as expected, and blew by the Steelers to help Dallas gain a first-half advantage. With Dez Bryant limited by a bad digit, Austin will be Tony Romo's main target again.

WRDez Bryant

Dez Bryant

3 rec, 42 yards, rec TD

Dallas forces the ball to Bryant in the red zone -– perhaps to a fault -– but it's something fantasy owners can appreciate. Of course, the finger remains a concern; Bryant caught most of his balls one-handed or off his body last week.

WRDwayne Harris

Dwayne Harris

3 rec, 38 yards

The Cowboys' new No. 3 receiver is explosive in the return game and has the ability to catch short passes or screens and turn them into big gainers. The question is: Will he see enough opportunities? Probably not, even in a likely shootout.

TEJason Witten

Jason Witten

6 rec, 64 yards

It felt like Pittsburgh held Witten in check last week, and yet he still had five catches and a touchdown by game's end. The Saints let Dallas Clark be the Buccaneers' leading receiver last week (eight catches). Do the math.

KDan Bailey

Dan Bailey

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Jason Garrett was close to giving his kicker a crack at what could have been a game-winning 61-yard attempt last week before calling a timeout and opting to punt. Few kickers even warrant such consideration, but Bailey has been money the past five games, connecting on all 11 of his attempts.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

This unit is playing well against the pass and run, but it means very little against New Orleans. There is no stopping Drew Brees; there is only slowing him down. That's not what fantasy owners need.

 
 
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