Fading Stars of the NFC East

By Ryan Bickerstaff

In the latest episode of the podcast, the Ride or Dynasty Crew identified a sleeper, a rising star, and a fading star for every team in the NFC East. We are looking at players whose time in the fantasy spotlight will soon be over, to be replaced by this year’s newer, shinier model. These would be prime pieces to sell now while they still might have some value on the trade market. If you want to hear our takes on who’s rising and who’s ready to wake up, you can listen to the podcast here! Now let’s get into it. Here are the Fading Stars of the NFC East for 2019.

Dallas Cowboys

JJ: Jason Witten, TE

Michael: Allen Hurns, WR

Ryan: Randall Cobb, WR

Oooh, lots of hot takes right there… *rolls eyes* At least I’m hoping that’s the standard reaction to seeing these particular players listed as fading stars. Here’s a different kind of hot take: if any of these players are a primary option for you going into this season your team is likely a dumpster fire.

Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated.

Witten is a great locker room signing. And no matter what he does on the field in 2019, it’ll be better than his broadcasting career. If any of these three have any fantasy relevance, Witten is the most likely candidate. As Michael Klos said on the podcast, Witten might be a decent late-round flier in a bestball league. However, there are better options at tight end. Hurns and Cobb provide a good veteran presence with past success who can help mentor their teammates. Neither of them is doing anything substantial enough on the field in 2019 to carry on your roster. The younger guys like Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson have far more upside than Hurns and Cobb at this point in their careers.

New York Giants

JJ: Eli Manning, QB

Michael: Corey Coleman, WR

Ryan: Golden Tate, WR

I’m looking at the latest episode’s script doc, and to quote JJ, “Eli, right? This has to be a consensus.” I feel that way about the whole team, aside from Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. The reason I didn’t include Eli Manning as my fading star is I thought he’d burnt out already. Is anyone still targeting him in dynasty/fantasy in general as anything more than a borderline QB3? If you listened to the podcast, you heard JJ and I disagree over whether Golden Tate is still fantasy-relevant or not.

If you didn’t listen to the podcast, you can read my side of the debate here:

Tate is 32, has a bad quarterback situation, and failed to produce in Philadelphia last year.

I’m not looking in his direction this year. I’d rather take a shot on a younger prospect I like at a similar ADP and let someone else have Tate. He might not be terrible but I see a low ceiling and am looking elsewhere if I need a WR3 or primary flex option.

As for Corey Coleman, he will eventually fade into the anonymity associated with being another failed Cleveland Browns’ first-rounder. It’s unfortunate, I think he could have been a good player. Despite playing for an awful team, he flashed early in his career but injuries kept him off the field and it stunted his growth.

Philadelphia Eagles

JJ: Alshon Jeffery, WR

Michael: Jordan Howard, RB

Ryan: DeSean Jackson, WR

I mentioned on the podcast that I saw a similar career arc in Alfred Morris and Jordan Howard. They both started their careers with three very strong seasons, though seeing decreased production each year. Morris, in year four, rushed for 751 yards and he’s been a backup ever since. Jordan Howard, who’s entering year four now, is in a crowded backfield in Philadelphia and I see him losing a lot of carries to Miles Sanders. I’m skipping on Howard and taking a chance with a less proven player with higher upside at a similar ADP like Rashaad Penny, a suspended Kareem Hunt, or even Darrell Henderson.

DeSean Jackson is one of the best receivers of this generation. Ten-thousand-yard receivers don’t come along very often, but this one’s time as a fantasy option is coming to an end. He got off to a hot start in Tampa last year, then proceeded to do very little the rest of the year. I think he’s slowing down. Now he’s back where it all began in Philly as a strong veteran presence in the locker room, but I can see him getting lost in the shuffle with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, rookie receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert also fighting for targets.

In speaking of Alshon Jeffery, Michael and JJ had a disagreement on the podcast over the eighth-year receiver, as Michael identified Jeffery as his rising star! I’m staying out of this one. If you want to hear both sides to this hot take, you know what to do.

Washington Redskins

JJ: “Adrian Peterson and Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and Case Keenum

Michael: Samaje Perine, RB

Ryan: Jordan Reed, TE, and Josh Doctson, WR

Kudos to Michael for being the only one of us to follow the prompt and decide on one player.

JJ fading half of Washington’s offense was funny but he has a point. There isn’t a lot to love about the ‘Skins offense in 2019. I’m a big fan of Dwayne Haskins, and I think that Derrius Guice will see some success this year but that’s about it for this season. Terry McLaurin has potential but might take a year or two to adjust to the NFL. Adrian Peterson is old, and despite coming off a 1000-yard season, will likely play second-fiddle to Guice sooner rather than later. Jordan Reed is injury prone and too unpredictable for me. If you are unconcerned with injuries, Reed still might provide value with a decent ceiling.

I must agree with Michael too. Don’t bother with Samaje Perine. If Washington is playing him regularly at any point this season, something has gone seriously wrong for them.

Josh Doctson, the former first-round wide receiver, is listed as my other fading star, though I’m not sure he ever shined in the NFL. If a star has never shined, can it really ever fade?

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