Breaking Down Sundays Fantasy Matchup for the Giants-Cowboys Game

Cowboys RB Marion Barber III vs. Giants run defense

For the Cowboys to pull off the win, Barber has to be the do-it-all back. He had 129 yards on 27 carries in last year’s playoff loss to the Giants. He notched a touchdown and had a 103-yard effort as a sub at Giants Stadium in the regular season last year, too. Without quarterback Tony Romo (finger) and likely likely tight end Jason Witten (ribs), the Cowboys will ride Barber as much as they can to keep the Giants off the field. There is a catch – the Giants have the seventh-ranked run defense and have done a good job of stopping some of the league’s best so far.

Giants WRs Plaxico Burress and Steven Smith vs. Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick

With cornerback Anthony Henry in doubt because of a bruised thigh, Scandrick could get the start. He has a ton of attitude and has picked up his level of play in the last three games. He has not faced a receiver like Burress, though. Scandrick will compete and scrap. Burress had 13 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns in three games against Dallas last year. He was not a factor in the last two, though – the Cowboys gave him extra attention in them. If Scandrick serves as the Cowboys’ nickelback, it will pit him against Smith. While Smith may be No. 3, he’s leading the team in catches (29) and has become quarterback Eli Manning’s favorite third-down target. He’s quick, elusive and great at getting open. If Burress is locked up by Henry and drawing double coverage, Smith could have a big day.

Giants TE Kevin Boss vs. Cowboys FS Ken Hamlin

More often than not, Boss gets a linebacker on him, but Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware are more pass rushers than anything else. Hamlin will likely get the call when Boss goes out for a pass, and he’s not likely to have much help. Boss has a knack for being quiet all game but coming up with a big play in the clutch. He has two game-winning touchdown catches this year. Hamlin will also have to stay close to the line to help against the Giants’ three-headed rushing attack, which might give Boss the step he needs to get open downfield.


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