The NFC East, the toughest division to call year in, and year out. No one would want to be in the same room as a Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, and Redskins fan when talking about this division. Generally speaking, the battle for first is always a barn-burner, and this year, it looks to be a three horse race. It’s also always difficult to figure which team will finish atop the division because of its competitiveness, and the talent each team boasts.
From a fantasy perspective, there is a lot to get excited about too! From a strength of schedule standpoint, the entire division has drawn some of the more favorable match-ups (based on last year’s fantasy results) in all of fantasy football, particularly at the quarterback and at the wide-receiver position. Lots of talent too — Vick, Romo, and Manning! McCoy, Jones, and Bradshaw! And, Nicks, Jackson, Maclin, Bryant, Witten, and Austin!
As The Fantasy Greek has mentioned before, in the case of the 2011 previews, a player’s projected draft round (found below) is based on a twelve team league due to the fact that the fantasy draft pool of players shrinks faster in a twelve team league than in a ten team league. The previews also assume a fourteen round draft. A player’s projected draft round gives you, the fantasy owner, an idea of about when a player is appropriately drafted.
As you read through the previews below, you will see each team’s averages on both offense and defense, where the team finished in the league, a positional overview with a suggestion of what round(s) in fantasy drafts each player should be drafted (if at all), strength of schedule by position, each team’s 2011 schedule, and each team’s “bottom line” for 2011. When fantasy owners draft, they must consider the block of players on the board to be drafted in any given round, as well as what round each player should be drafted in. This is important because no player should be drafted before it is time. Drafting a player too soon means you are passing up on a more valuable fantasy player than the one you are drafting. At the same time, when a player is still on the board after they should have been drafted, the player becomes a “value pick.” Hopefully, the preview helps in understanding this.
Enjoy the preview! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact The Fantasy Greek.