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TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys

6-5, 257Born: 5-6-1982College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 28): Witten still looks like a player in the November of his career, but he was able to get a score and put up one of his better games of the season on Monday night. Gavin Escobar isn't coming to steal the rest of his fantasy value... yet.

Week 9: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. How will Tony Romo's back react to the strain it was put under by Washington's constant blitzing/hitting on Monday Night Football? He took a big bruise to the area of his back that has been surgically repaired twice in the recent past, but didn't do any further damage to the disks that have been worked on, according to reports out of North Texas. This is a wait-and-see situation, but realize that Brandon Weeden is exceptionally well-prepared as a backup (Weeden routinely gets one day of practice with the starters each week while Romo takes a veteran rest day to protect his back) - all is not lost if Romo is forced to sit out a game or two. Stay tuned to's Players in the News as the weekend approaches for the latest on Romo's practice participation/injury status. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten should be O.K. no matter which Dallas quarterback gets to exploit the Cardinals' inept secondary. The Cardinals' pass D coughed up 411 net yards to Nick Foles and company last week (36/62 for 411 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken), one week after Derek Carr inexplicably flamed out vs. Arizona (16/28 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most teams fall in between these extremes, but Arizona is once again last in the NFL averaging 302.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 TDs given up balanced by 10 interceptions generated (tied for third in the NFL). The Cardinals do not produce much in the way of pass rush, with a mere seven sacks this season (tied-29th). This looks like a great matchup for the home-team Cowboys - DeMarco Murray has a tough matchup in the other phase of the game so look for Dallas to throw a little more often than usual in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs HOU 4 59 0 0
6 at SEA 2 24 1 0
7 vs NYG 2 27 0 0
8 vs WAS 5 70 1 0
9 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)

Witten was used down the field more often than in previous weeks against Seattle. The Seahawks are a good matchup for opposing tight ends on a per-target basis and Witten burned them for a long gain down the middle, in addition to a goal line touchdown. On another target, a deep pass sailed right through Witten's hands. Also, Witten nearly hauled in a one-handed catch down the sidelines. There was a much bigger day available to Witten on his five targets, but the veteran tight end still found the end zone in the key road victory.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Witten made the most of his two targets against the Giants, converting both in long-yardage third down situations. One of the receptions came against zone coverage, which was easily read by Witten, sitting down between defenders.

2014 Week 8 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 70 / 1 rec)

Witten had an impressive game beyond his efficient passing game work. The Dallas run game was dominant against Washington's previously stout front seven against opposing running backs. Witten turned out edge-setting defensive ends and linebackers regularly as DeMarco Murray gashed Washington, especially in the first half. In the passing game, Witten easily found holes in zone coverage and found yards-after-the-catch on a wide open out route that he turned into a diving touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Witten's lone missed opportunity came on a red zone seam route. As Witten was hauling in the one-handed attempt, a hit dislodged the ball.


Latest News

Cowboys | DeMarco Murray credits workout partner (Sat Oct 25, 12:29 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray worked out with TE Jason Witten before the team's official offseason program, and he credits the veteran tight end with his increased stamina and durability. 'It helped a lot, obviously with the stamina aspect just building a good armor for your body so you can take some hits and take the pounding of a long season,' Murray said Friday, Oct. 24. 'He's done it for a long time and he's someone who has had a lot of success in this league and he knows what to do to take care of your body in season and out of season, so it helped extremely a lot and I have to thank him and we're still working together.'

Our View: Murray has never played a full 16-game schedule in his pro career. He already has more carries this season than he did as a rookie or a second-year player with the Cowboys. In fact, he's only 30 carries shy of the 217 carries he had in 14 games. Fantasy owners concerned about Murray missing time (again) should add Joseph Randle in free agency ASAP.
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