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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 (Mon Dec 15): Witten was a clutch third down target for Tony Romo in the win over the Eagles. In another must-win against the Colts, and possibly without Demarco Murray, Romo should lean on Witten again, which means he's back to being a solid TE1 play.

Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo has relied on four main receivers over the past two weeks, with 15 targets for 12/196/3 going to Dez Bryant; 12 for 9/95/0 flowing to Jason Witten; 11 for 10/52/0 landing in DeMarco Murray's hands; and seven for 7/84/2 going to Cole Beasley. During that time frame, Romo's thrown 43/57 for 470 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions - the Cowboys' passing attack is hot right now. They may need to lean on Romo and his arm this week, too, as Murray had finger surgery on Monday and it is uncertain if he'll be able to go in this contest. The Colts' pass D limited Houston to 13/25 for 152 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception after the Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and turned to third-stringer Tom Savage. Two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer also struggled against this secondary, with 13/30 for 133 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions - of late, Indianapolis' pass D is shutting down opponents. They are ranked 19th in the NFL this season, averaging 240.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions and 36 sacks generated (15th- and 10th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Lately the Colts are playing much better football than their season numbers indicate, though. Dallas faces an improving pass D in this one - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Cowboys.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
12 at NYG 4 30 1 0
13 vs PHI 1 8 0 0
14 at CHI 2 26 0 0
15 at PHI 7 69 0 0
16 vs IND PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Despite Dallas trailing the entire game, Witten was non-existent against the Eagles. Tony Romo missed Witten on a wide open third-down opportunity in the first half. Witten finally found the stat sheet with a short dump-off reception later on. Witten has just 71 yards in his last three games despite 15 targets over that span. The Bears offer a good matchup to bounce back next week.

2014 Week 14 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Witten was minimally-involved in the road win against Chicago, but his two receptions were in clutch moments. Both converted third-and-long situations and into field goal range. Tony Romo targeted Witten on an earlier third down as well, but a rare inaccurate throw from Romo squandered a wide open Witten. With a projected 50-60 catches this season, Witten is in line for his lowest total since 2003, and has more value on key third downs to the Dallas offense than fantasy owners.

2014 Week 15 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)

Witten, like Cole Beasley, was a regular passing game cog in the first half in the road win over Philadelphia. Witten converted three straight third downs in the first quarter as Dallas built an early lead. Witten's seven receptions mark a game-high in 2014 as well as his nine targets. While quiet in the second half, Witten showed off a strong stiff-arm to turn a short reception into a first down.

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Schedule

16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins