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TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 5: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brandon Weeden put in another journey-man like game against the Saints during Week Four (16/26 for 246 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) - this looks like his typical sort of outing while subbing in for Tony Romo. Terrance Williams (10 targets for 3/49/1 receiving), Cole Beasley (six for 6/62/0) and Jason Witten (six for 4/57/0) are his main targets - Brice Butler, who pulled down a 67-yard bomb in the game, promptly pulled his hamstring and is out until after the bye (at the best) - Weeden has also lost pass-catching back Lance Dunbar after Dunbar blew out his ACL in last week's game. There is a limited number of weapons for Weeden entering Week Five. The New England pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL after three games played, averaging 251.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with six TDs given out vs. five interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 13 sacks (fifth in the league) generated to date. Blake Bortles managed 17/33 for 236 net yards passing at New England two weeks ago, with two TDs thrown vs. one interception and two sacks taken (for -6 yards). This looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Cowboys.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYG 71 8 60 2 0 18
2 at PHI 82 7 56 0 0 5.6
3 vs ATL 54 6 65 0 0 6.5
4 at NO 61 4 57 0 0 5.7
5 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
5 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * * *
5 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs NO (6 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

After being very active in the first quarter with three receptions and a third down conversion, Witten was silent until the closing minutes of regulation against New Orleans. Witten fueled a game-tying drive with a huge gain down the seam, a rare moment of significant yards-after-the-catch for the possession option.

2015 Week 3 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)

Witten was a solid performer, despite his laundry list of nagging injuries throughout the week, against Atlanta. Witten's movement was not compromised as the safety valve for Brandon Weeden. As Dallas struggled in the second half for any offensive traction, Witten converted a third down out route, shifting some momentum. It was ultimately short-lived, however, as Dallas needed more than Witten's short-game prowess in catch-up mode. With Brandon Weeden's struggles to work down the field this week, look for Witten to be a favorite target with his short-to-intermediate routes in future games.

2015 Week 2 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)

Witten was one of Dallas' highlight performers against the Eagles in the road victory. A second quarter third down conversion got Dallas' lackluster offense for a few drives out of a funk. Witten forced a defensive holding penalty on third down to extend another drive into Philadelphia territory, later powering through a defender for a first down post-reception. Witten's best scoring opportunity came on a third down goal line target, tipped away by an Eagles defender.

2015 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 60 / 2 rec)

Witten was in his traditional chain-moving role as Dallas controlled the clock early against the Giants. Without Dez Bryant in the lineup for the final drive, Witten boxed out linebacker coverage at the goal line in the closing moments for Dallas' game-winning touchdown. Witten is the top projected Cowboys target with Bryant projected to miss at least a month.


Latest News

Cowboys | Jason Witten has so-so evening (Mon Oct 5, 01:07 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jason Witten had four receptions for 57 yards in the Week 4 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was targeted six times.

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Cowboys | Jason Witten should thrive in Week 4 (Sat Oct 3, 08:02 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, and the Saints have allowed the second-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends this year.

Our View: Witten makes for a decent TE1 play this week...pretty much like he does/is every week for fantasy owners. We'll see if QB Brandon Weeden targets him early and often against a poor Saints defense.
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Cowboys | Jason Witten probable against Saints (Fri Oct 2, 05:04 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten (ankles, knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 2, and is probable for Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints.

Our View: Witten is a very prominent target with Dez Bryant out and conservative Brandon Weeden in. He's a solid TE1 in PPR right now.
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Cowboys | Jason Witten practices in full (Thu Oct 1, 07:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 1.

Our View: Good news for a guy who, while not as good as he used to be, still is a decent TE1 play and a guy who will get plenty of targets from backup Brandon Weedon.

Cowboys | Jason Witten worth a look in Week 4 (Thu Oct 1, 12:21 AM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, and it's a favorable matchup for the veteran. The Saints are the worst NFC defense against opposing tight ends, allowing 17 receptions, 268 yards and three touchdowns through three games.

Our View: The Saints don't play great defense. Brandon Weeden is not a quarterback who is going to stretch the field deep. Instead, Weeden will rely on shorter passes to guys like Witten and RB Lance Dunbar. Witten is his normal TE1 this week.
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