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TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 3: at St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo watched DeMarco Murray rack up 29/167/1 rushing last week, and with 43/220/1 rushing as a team (and 41:11 time of possession by the Cowboys), Romo only needed to throw the football 29 times (19/29 for 176 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -28 yards). Dez Bryant was his main target last week, with 14 for 10/103/1 receiving flowing that way - Jason Witten was second on the team in receiving with seven targets for 4/32/0 receiving to his credit. After two games, Romo has compiled 42/66 for 457 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown to land at 28th among all fantasy quarterbacks through two games played. The Rams held Josh McCown to 16/21 for 175 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception in this phase of the game last week (though he did have 2/6/2 rushing). Matt Cassel threw 17/25 for 160 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions while being sacked once for -10 yards two weeks ago. St. Louis ranks fifth in the NFL averaging 172.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one interception and one sack to balance the two TDs given up so far. The bottom line here is that teams are gashing the St. Louis for an average of 171 rushing yards per game, so they don't need to pass much vs. the Rams. Romo had a quiet game while DeMarco Murray piled up the fantasy points last week - against the Rams' suspect defensive front, there is no reason to expect Romo to have to throw the ball much again this week. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for Romo.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 vs SF 2 14 0 0
2 at TEN 4 32 0 0
3 at STL PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
3 at STL PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
3 at STL PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

It was a lost game for Witten this week against San Francisco. The typical chemistry between Witten and Tony Romo to move the chain was not present. Witten fumbled his first reception, which was overturned upon review, and saw only one other target prior to halftime. Romo threw a red zone pass up for grabs in Witten's direction, resulting in a crippling interception. The second half was not any better for Witten as he contributed a false start penalty and was tightly covered throughout.

2014 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

After an invisible Week 1, Witten showed well despite the tempered stat line this week against Tennessee. Witten eludes the first defender after the catch on an out route to convert a third down. On another, Witten secured a Tony Romo pass through contact to get into field goal range in the closing seconds of the first half. Through two games it is clear that the passing offense will run through Dez Bryant when healthy and Jason Witten will be in the mix with DeMarco Murray, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley for secondary targets.

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Schedule

3@ St. Louis Rams
4vs New Orleans Saints
5vs Houston Texans
6@ Seattle Seahawks
7vs New York Giants
8vs Washington Redskins
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins