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Eyes of the Guru, Part 6: NFC East

An overview of defenses in the NFC East with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

Dallas Cowboys

Defensive Linemen

Everyone is making such a big deal of the Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence suspensions. Of course they hurt but it is not as if the organization was unable to prepare. The Cowboys have plenty of depth to get them bye until Lawrence returns in week five and Gregory did nothing last year anyway so how much are they really missing from his potentially indefinite absence? For all we know Jack or Tyrone Crawford might have been the opening day starter anyway. Jack Crawford played about half of the defensive snaps last season and had 4 sacks. He is a versatile player who can get the job done at end or tackle. Most of Crawford's playing time came at end in 2015 but the coaching staff is expected to take a long look at Tyrone Crawford on the outside this summer. Tyrone worked mostly on the inside last season where he recorded 24 tackles and 5 sacks on roughly 70% of the defensive snaps. He too is a versatile defensive lineman who gives the coaches options. Until we see how these guys are going to line up it is tough to pin point their value, much of which will be determined by their positional designation. Neither Crawford has great fantasy potential but both could produce well enough to earn roster spots as depth or maybe even second starters in some situations. Going into camp even the coaching staff is not sure what this group will look like in week one. It is a saga we will want to stay on top of since there is good production potential here; especially for those in tackle required leagues.