The NFC East is arguably the most compelling division in the entire NFL, made up of four teams with a lot of history and bitter rivalries.
Heading into the 2019 NFL season, each team is vying for a division title, as the NFC East has seen its fair share of parity in recent years. While the Eagles and Cowboys have seen the most recent success, the Giants and Redskins are seeking new beginnings, having both taken a quarterback in the first round of this year's NFL Draft.
Here is a breakout fantasy football candidate for each team heading into the 2019 season.
1. Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Taken in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft, Michael Gallup got off to a slow start in his rookie season and ended up with just 33 receptions, 507 yards and two touchdowns. He did experience somewhat of a breakout in the playoffs, scoring a touchdown in a win against the Seahawks before posting a 9-119 line in a loss to the Rams. Heading into his second season, playing alongside established No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper, Gallup has potential to really breakout in 2019 as a deep threat in the Cowboys offense. If all goes according to plan, Gallup can be the Will Fuller to Cooper's DeAndre Hopkins for years to come.
2. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are likely to employ a running back by committee in 2019, as that has been the norm in Philly over the past few seasons. Still, the most likely back to make an impact this season is rookie Miles Sanders, who the Eagles spent a second round pick on in the 2019 Draft. While he is nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out of minicamp, Sanders possesses immense skill and only has players like Jordan Howard and Wendell Smallwood to compete against. With rumors that Josh Adams won't make the final roster, Sanders is as good a bet as any to be the Eagles top runner this season.
3. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
While a lot of hype will be on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the Redskins have another "technical" rookie set to make his debut in 2019. Derrius Guice was taken in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, only to sustain a torn ACL before his season began. Given that the injury occurred so early, Guice is on track to begin the season for the Redskins and will give incumbent starter Adrian Peterson a real run for his money. While the vet will likely start in Week 1, the Redskins should run a ton this season and the 34-year-old Peterson clearly can't carry the load alone. Guice has immense upside, and could take over the reigns if injury or decline befalls Peterson this season.
4. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
Now that Odell Beckham Jr. is out of town, third-year tight end Evan Engram is set to become the No. 1 option in the Giants passing offense. The G-Men possess two useful receivers in veteran Golden Tate and third-year man Sterling Shepard. Additionally, Saquon Barkley is one of the best receiving backs in the league. Still, it's Engram who has the best chance to become the top receiver on the Giants thanks to his immense skill level at the position and ability to lineup in multiple spots. While the Giants are clearly going through a redevelopment stage, it will be the development of Engram and rookie QB Daniel Jones that may truly dictate the team's success going forward.
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