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Fantasy football Week 8: Cowboys, Giants should score points

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Fantasy owners are likely grinning this weekend, as the Giants and Cowboys get ready to square off at Cowboys Stadium in Week 8.

Grant Halverson

Week 8 of the NFL and fantasy season is already upon us, which is as crazy as it is scary -- time flies.

This weekend, the Dallas Cowboys will play host to the New York Giants, and if you're a fantasy owner with players on either team, you're likely quite happy with the potential production this weekend.

Though he's disappointed in recent weeks, fantasy owners still should start quarterback Tony Romo. Romo will be facing a Giants defense that allows 253.3 yards per game through the air. Romo still is one of the most talented QBs in the league, and he should be able to have himself a game in Week 8.

Certainly, if you've got a Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Peyton Manning type, then you can bench Romo, but it's doubtful you do.

Felix Jones, despite missing Wednesday's practice, is expected to start. I can't really advocate starting Jones with confidence, as he's looked awful more than he's looked productive this year. If you're in a bind, or just want to place a bet on the hard 8, then sure, start Jones. I wouldn't consider him anything more than an RB3/flex play this weekend, though.

At wide receiver, it's pretty clear who to start and how to gauge their value for the Cowboys. Dez Bryant is a WR1, and Miles Austin is a WR2. Both players can be considered must-starts, but Bryant is the more valuable of the two.

Jason Witten should start this weekend as well. Witten has seen at least seven targets in Dallas' last three games, and that trend will likely continue this weekend against the Giants.

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