Friday, June 27, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Football Outlook

The Dallas Cowboys continue to frustrate their fans and give Tony Romo haters a reason to root against them, as 2013 was another disappointing season for Jerry Jones and his team.  All Dallas had to do, to make the playoffs, was win the final game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. However they lost Romo in week 16 and relied on backup Kyle Orton to lead Big D to the promise land. Needless to say, Orton pulled a Romo (threw an interception with less than 2 minutes to go) and Dallas lost 24-22.

Dallas finished in the middle of the pack when it came to total offense, finishing 16th, averaging 341 yards per game. The expectations are much higher than 16th in the NFL, when the offense is stacked with players like Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten leading the offense.


Tony Romo

Romo handled the QB duties for the first 15 games before missing the final game of the season, which turned out to be a must win game. In 2012 Romo threw the ball 648 times but he was limited to just 535 attempts last season. Despite fewer attempts, Romo managed to throw for 31 touchdowns (3 more than in 2012) and this kept his turnovers to a minimum. In 2012 Romo turned the ball over 22 times (19 INTs, 3 Fumbles) but last season he only threw 10 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles.

Romo's best game of the year was when he was involved in a shootout with Peyton Manning, a game the Cowboys lost to the Broncos 51-48. Romo was 25/36 for 506 yards, with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception.  More valuable in a PPR league.  We ranked him 13th in our QB rankings.

DeMarco Murray

For the third straight year, Murray was forced to miss time due to nagging injures. However, he did have his first 1,000 yard rushing season. Murray rushed for 1,121 yards (5.2 avg) and scored 9 touchdowns. He was also heavily involved in the passing game, hauling in 53 catches for 350 yards and added 1 more touchdown. The talent is there, but Murray needs to prove he can stay healthy in this league.  Equal value in all league formats.  We ranked him 7th in our RB rankings.

Dez Bryant

Coming out of Oklahoma State everyone predicted that Dez Bryant was going to a stud, and he's been nothing short of that. After catching 92 passes for 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, Dez followed that up with 93 catches for 1,233 and 13 touchdowns last year. He's challenging Calvin Johnson for the that top spot as the best receiver in the game.  Equal value in all league formats.  We ranked him 3rd in our WR rankings.

Terrance Williams

As a rookie, Williams gained 736 receiving yards and scored 5 touchdowns but caught just 44 passes.  He did have 74 targets though.  He is Romo's  3rd option behind Bryant and Witten.  More value in Non-PPR leagues.  We ranked him 34th in our WR rankings.

Jason Witten

Jason Witten may be the most reliable player in the NFL, even at the age of 32.  From 2007-2012 Witten caught at least 94 passes and had 1,000 yards in 4 of those seasons. After a 110 reception season in 2012, Witten hauled in just 73 catches last season but scored 8 touchdowns. With all the attention on Dez Bryant in the passing game, it makes Witten's job a little easier getting open in the red zone.  Equal value in all league formats.  We ranked him 6th in our TE rankings.


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