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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 Sep 18): In a brutal year at tight end so far, Witten has been outstanding. He could maintain a big role in this offense if Ezekiel Elliott is suspended and deserves another start against the Cardinals after Jack Doyle had a huge day against them in Week 2.

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Dak Prescott and company received the benefit of an unnaturally pass-heavy game script last week as Prescott attempted a career-high 50 passes, completing 60% of them for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott also made a few costly mistakes though, coughing up two interceptions--one of which went to Aqib Talib in the end zone, who ran it back 102 yards for a touchdown. Prescott really forced the ball to his primary weapons on offense, targeting Dez Bryant a staggering 16 times and Jason Witten 13 times. Bryant was well covered for most of the game, hauling in only seven receptions for 59 yards with a touchdown. Witten led the offense with 10 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown as well. It is worth noting that Dak Prescott seemingly sustained an ankle injury during the second half last week, but he finished the game and did not appear on Monday's injury report. Keep an eye out by Thursday for any significant updates on Prescott's status for the weekend. The Cardinals secondary started with a rough showing in Week 1 against the Lions, but they bounced back with a much better outing against a struggling Colts offense last week. Patrick Peterson did an excellent job shutting down T.Y. Hilton, while Tyrann Mathieu held Kamar Aiken to only a 33% catch rate (3 of 9 targets) out of the slot. Both Tyvon Branch and Antoine Bethea have played well over the top so far this season also, limiting the Colts to only one play of 20 or more yards last week. Cole Beasley will have a tough time out of the slot, while Dez Bryant will likely draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Cardinals Linebacker Haason Reddick struggled in pass coverage last week allowing a number of catches to tight end Jack Doyle, so look for some upside from Jason Witten if he can find space in the middle of the field as the Cardinals linebackers have not played well in their first two games this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NYG 74 7 59 1 0 11.9
2 at DEN 71 10 97 1 0 15.7
3 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs DEN (13 / 10 / 97 / 1 rec)

Witten was a high-volume fixture of Dallas' passing game against Denver, one of the lone elements to see success in the blowout loss. Witten's targets were primarily less than 10 yards, including short hitches and out-breaking routes. Witten's lone foray down the field was one of Prescott's best throws of the game down the seam as Witten found the end zone. Witten dropped another touchdown opportunity late in the fourth quarter, an end zone target, as Dallas had a sliver of hope to stay alive. Witten has more than 25% of the team targets through two games and while his yards-per-catch continues to erode in his mid-30s, Witten remains a critical element to Dallas' offensive success.

2017 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)

Witten was the featured chain-mover of the Dallas passing game in Week 1, leading the team in targets and receptions. While Dak Prescott struggled with accuracy in Dez Bryant's direction in the end zone and downfield, Prescott and Witten were sharp. Witten converted Dallas' lone touchdown, a too-easy play-action red zone score over the middle on a slant route. Witten's after-the-catch ability has waned in recent seasons, but his hands and route running are sturdy elements continuing to pay dividends in his twilight years.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Jason Witten is NFL's most-targeted TE (Thu Sep 21, 12:45 AM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten leads all players at his position with 22 targets through the first two weeks, with the next-closest being Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz, having logged 18 targets. Witten has turned all those throws his way into 17 catches for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Our View: Witten is doing his best Antonio Gates imitation. He matches up well against Arizona (who just let Jack Doyle beat them up) and Dak Prescott consistently looks for him. In what has been a bad year for fantasy tight ends, Witten is a reliable one who should get you TE1 numbers this week.

Cowboys | Jason Witten shines in lopsided loss (Sun Sep 17, 11:45 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten posted game highs with 10 catches and 97 yards in Week 2 at Denver and he scored a touchdown with 13 targets.

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Cowboys | Jason Witten sets franchise record (Mon Sep 11, 01:05 AM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten posted seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Giants. He became the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yardage (11,094), passing Michael Irvin.

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Schedule

3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Los Angeles Rams
5vs Green Bay Packers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ San Francisco 49ers
8@ Washington Redskins
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10@ Atlanta Falcons
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12vs Los Angeles Chargers
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ New York Giants
15@ Oakland Raiders
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ Philadelphia Eagles