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TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): The emergence of Gavin Escobar as a quality downfield option might be the last nail in Jason Witten's fantasy coffin. He is a low ceiling option despite playing in one of the best offenses in the league. It is hard to justify Witten over streaming TEs at this point.

Week 8: vs Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tony Romo is handing off to DeMarco Murray a lot these days, but the opportunities that the Cowboys' strong rushing attack is opening up in the play-action passing aspect of the game is helping to support Romo's numbers despite the heavy dose of rushing the football. To date, Romo is ranked 10th among fantasy quarterbacks, with 148/214 for 1,789 yards passing, 14 TDs and six interceptions, with 13/38/0 rushing. His favorite target, Dez Bryant, is the sixth-best fantasy wide receiver this season, with 45/590/4 receiving through seven games, and Terrance Williams is scoring about once every three passes that he catches, with 19/338/6 so far this year (25th-ranked fantasy wide receiver). Only Jason Witten (23/266/1) has slowed down this season - currently he is the 18th-ranked fantasy tight end in the land. Excepting Witten, the Dallas offense is making many fantasy owners very happy this year. The Washington pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (218.6), but they are tied for next-to-last in the NFL with 15 passing TDs given up vs. a mere three interceptions (tied-24th in the NFL) and 16 sacks (tied-14th) generated to date. The secondary is not doing well this year despite a decent pass rush - Dallas is 12th in the NFL with 12 sacks given up to date. Last week, Charlie Whitehurst was sacked once for zero yards lost on his way to 17/26 for 160 yards passing, two TDs and one interception at Washington; two weeks back Carson Palmer was sacked once for -7 yards on the way to 28/44 for 243 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions. Romo should throw two or three TDs in this game if history is a guide, with a reasonable but not extravagant amount of passing yards. Advantage, Dallas.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs NO 5 61 0 0
5 vs HOU 4 59 0 0
6 at SEA 2 24 1 0
7 vs NYG 2 27 0 0
8 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)

Witten logged one of his better games of the season and made a long reception down the seam that has been a rare sight over the last two seasons. In addition to that gain of more than 30 yards, Witten was Tony Romo's safety net, in addition to Cole Beasley, on short pass routes. Romo spun away from pressure on one notable play to sidearm a pass to Witten, turning a loss into a four-yard gain.

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.


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.'

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