Here at Thepigskinreport.com, we are half way through our eight-part series on sleepers for each team, broken down by respective divisions. In this installment, we are breaking down the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles are trying to rebound off a very disappointing 2011 season. The Dallas Cowboys are trying to return to the playoffs. The Washington Redskins are hoping that they found a franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III while the New York Giants are trying to defend their Super Bowl title.Let’s take a look at which players on these team’s roster might emerge as sleepers for the 2012 season.
I expect the Cowboys to field a very prolific offense this season. My sleeper suggestion here is a stretch, but a player to keep an eye on, WR Danny Coale. The Virginia Tech receiver suffered a broken foot during offseason workouts, but he is a player to keep an eye on. He has started the pre-season on the PUP list, but by mid-season he should be languishing on the waiver wire and could become this season’s Laurent Robinson for the Cowboys.
The Eagles are actually one of two teams that I have no sleeper picks for this season. The offense from last year returns. I do expect to see DeSean Jackson improve over last year’s numbers. QB Michael Vick will likely miss games this season, but none of his backups demand any fantasy consideration this season.
New York Giants-
The Giants, with a head coach which loves to run the ball, became a pass-centric offense last year. Brandon Jacobs is gone and rookie David Wilson will now split carries with Ahmad Bradshaw. As this tandem evolves in the regular season, Wilson could become a viable option. I am also looking at a decrease in production this season from WR Victor Cruz.
The Redskins are rolling into 2012 with RG III under center. I don’t believe it’s reasonable to expect the same sort of production from Griffin that the Carolina Panthers experienced with Cam Newton last year. I believe the top receiver for the Redskins this year will be Pierre Garcon. Yes, Garcon has a history of dropping balls and has been erratic, but I am pegging Garcon for 1,000 yards and 9-10 scores.