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Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Cowboys vs Eagles

Jason Schandl
Fantasy picks for Cowboys vs Eagles on Week 8 Sunday Night Football, including Amari Cooper.
Fantasy picks for Cowboys vs Eagles on Week 8 Sunday Night Football, including Amari Cooper. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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If you went back in time to the offseason and told someone that Week 8 would find the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles fighting for first place in the NFC East, they wouldn't be surprised. But it's hard to think anybody expected they'd be doing it while each having just two wins on the year.

Regardless, that's the case on Sunday Night Football, and while these teams haven't offered much excitement, there are still some interesting fantasy football plays in this game.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Week 8's Sunday Night Football matchup between the Cowboys and Eagles.

Cowboys vs Eagles Fantasy Picks

Start Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Goedert is back sooner than expected from the ankle injury that landed him on the injured reserve. It's risky starting him under those circumstances, but this Philly offense is so desperate for receiving options that he has huge upside anyway. Goedert racked up 17 targets (which he turned into 12 receptions and 131 yards) across his two healthy games to start the year, and with Zach Ertz out that kind of volume is probably closer to his floor than his ceiling. Add in a soft matchup (Dallas ranks 21st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric) and it's well worth rolling the dice on Goedert here.

Start Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Is it going to feel good trusting a player catching passes from Ben DiNucci in his first NFL start? Certainly not. But Amari Cooper is one of the league's best WRs, and we've often seen even the most anemic NFL offenses be able to generate fantasy value for one wideout, especially when they're as good as Cooper. It's hard to read much into the numbers Cooper has posted with superior QBs earlier this season, but it's safe to say he's the top receiving option in this offense, and he's probably the only Cowboy not named Ezekiel Elliott that you want in your fantasy lineup.

Sit Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Like Goedert, Reagor is returning from IR today. His volume was not as exciting as Goedert's when he was healthy though (4 targets both in Week 1 and Week 2), and he'll also be competing for looks with Travis Fulgham, who has emerged with double-digit targets in three straight games. Reagor has upside, but fantasy managers would be well served to take a wait-and-see approach with the rookie.

Sit Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys: DiNucci threw for 29 touchdowns in his final collegiate season — not bad. Of course, that came while playing at James Madison, where the only opponents he threw for more than 250 yards against were Chattanooga, New Hampshire, Monmouth and Weber State. Until he proves himself at the NFL level, it wouldn't be wise to expect DiNucci to be able to support more than one fantasy-relevant receiver, even in an offense that surrounds him with this much talent.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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