TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
|6-5, 257||Born: 5-6-1982||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2003|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Witten put himself back on the what the heck tight end radar with a high volume game in the loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving. He'll face the Bears this Thursday.
Week 14: at Chicago Bears
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Dak Prescott and this passing offense continue to put up big numbers. Dak and the offense struggled mightily against Buffalo as they scored just 15 points, but were able to throw for 355 yards which has been the case in most of Dallas' losses as they continue to throw the ball and move the ball throughout the entire game. Even if you were to strip out the losses and garbage time production, this is still an offense that averages over 300 yards passing per game in their wins. This is an offense that does a great job spreading the ball around to different receivers even when Amari Cooper or Michael Gallup has a bad day it seems that Randall Cobb, Tony Pollard, or Jason Witten chip in enough that the offense is productive and continues to move the ball. This is one of the best passing offenses in football particularly between the 20 yard-lines as if there is one drawback it is that they don't finish enough drives for all of the yardage that they gain. The Bears passing defense is a good one, but not elite like they were in 2018 as the departures of Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos have hurt this defense considerably. The Bears lost a key player this week in Prince Amukamara with a hamstring injury as he is doubtful. The Bears also lost their backup corner in Sherrick McManis who was placed on IR leaving Kevin Toliver as the second cornerback for the Bears this week. Toliver has seen just three snaps this year, and while he did play sparingly last year, he struggled and will likely be a liability this week against both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. With Amukamara or even McManis, this likely would have been a tough matchup, instead, it is upgraded to a neutral matchup with the liability in Toliver.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Jason Witten's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 42 / 1 rec)
Witten found the end zone for the first time since Week 2, spanning more than 30 receptions. Witten came wide open on an opening drive play-action touchdown as Dallas got off to a hot start before struggling for much of the game on offense against Buffalo. Witten saw a hearty eight targets, his second-highest total of the season, but also added a drop and was stuffed short of the first down on third-and-long amongst his opportunities. Witten converted a late two-point attempt in the sound defeat.
2019 Week 12 vs NE (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Witten had a forgettable game against the Patriots, logging two drops with his lone reception being stuffed at the point of the catch. Witten does not have a rebound matchup next week with the Bills even more stingy against tight ends than the Patriots.
2019 Week 11 vs DET (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Witten saw a hearty seven targets against the Lions but did little with them. His lone reception downfield was a third-down crosser route which he converted. Otherwise, Witten was relegated near the line of scrimmage as depth chart mate Blake Jarwin produced two big plays in the game. Witten is averaging a paltry nine yards per reception on the season.
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Witten had his worst statistical game since Week 1, snaring just two receptions against the Vikings. One was a crossing route in the closing minutes of the game and Witten did not get on the board until the second half after having a third-down contested slant tipped away in the first half as he lone opportunity of note. Witten is working on a seven-game streak without a touchdown, spanning 29 receptions, entering Dallas matchup against the exploitable Detroit pass defense in Week 11.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 58 / 0 rec)
Witten led Dallas in targets and receptions against the Giants as the consistent chain-mover of the passing game. Witten juked a linebacker on an in-cut with his most impressive route of the game, coming wide open on the play. Witten posted four receptions in the first quarter alone and had a 20+ yard gain on a play-action out route called back by penalty. Witten added a rare drop this week, which was a season-high in targets, receptions, and yards for the 37-year-old tight end.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
For the sixth time in seven games Witten saw exactly four targets. Witten's opportunities were clustered in the second quarter, three of which were all quick out routes against soft coverage by the Eagles as the Cowboys angled for a last-second field goal. Witten took a slant reception into the red zone on a third-down conversion on his other non-hurry-up reception. Witten's scoreless streak has now spanned five games and 19 receptions.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Witten saw a season-high seven targets against the Jets as Dallas was in comeback mode and Amari Cooper's early-game injury left a vacancy in the passing game with Randall Cobb already out. Witten stuffed the beyond-the-box-score notes in addition to his five catches with a goal-line touchdown called back by penalty, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty, and logged a rare drop. Witten was targeted on a game-tying two-point attempt in the closing seconds, drawing contact, but there was no interference call as Dallas lost the close road game. Witten added two chunk gains, including a must-have play in the fourth quarter on third-and-long in a contested situation.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
For a uncanny fifth game in a row Witten saw exactly four targets. Witten has been a steady target thus far and Week 5 was no exception. However, the veteran did not see a look in the passing game until the fourth quarter and two came in the final minutes of Dallas' home loss to Green Bay. Witten presents the biggest test at tight end for a Jets secondary in Week 6 who has faced one of the weakest slates at the position to-date.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Witten posted another solid performance on an eerily consistent four targets for the fourth straight game this season. Witten logged two quality catches - one on a deep out as Dak Prescott was being hit and another low grab - but also lost a fumble following a chunk gain against the Saints. Witten has been a moderate surprise producer over the opening month for Dallas especially with his regular big plays, an element which evaporated from his game prior to his year away from football in 2018.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
For the third straight game Witten made a big play for the Dallas passing game. As Dak Prescott extended a play on a rollout, Witten uncovered down the sideline and converted third-and-long by corralling the floating pass for more than half of his game yardage total. Witten also added a stiff arm on a quick out reception. Even without high volume (four targets in each game this season) Witten has been a significant factor in Dallas' passing game.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)
Witten made a big play yet again for the Cowboys for the second consecutive week. Witten secured a small window target on a goal-line rollout for the short-range touchdown, but also caught his lone target of the season downfield on a deep in-cut this week. Witten's range of route-running has shrunk considerably over the years, but Witten is one of the dedicated chain-movers and 'staying ahead of the chains' targets within the Cowboys suddenly-dynamic passing game.
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)
Witten made his return to the NFL after 2018 in broadcasting to his traditional role as the chain-moving and short-range option in the Dallas offense. He found the end zone off a play-action design at the goal line but was limited to short routes throughout the game. Secondary tight end Blake Jarwin showed well as more of a seam-stretcher and Witten's snap count was closer to a tight end-by-committee rotation for the Cowboys than Witten as the dominant starter.
Latest NewsCowboys | Jason Witten hauls in five passes (Fri Dec 6, 12:46 AM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten had five receptions for 37 yards on Thursday, Dec. 5, against the Chicago Bears. link to story Cowboys | Jason Witten hits paydirt (Thu Nov 28, 08:07 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten caught six of his eight targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Our View: Witten added a two-point conversion in his best fantasy day in a while. He's still just a what the heck tight end against the Bears next week.
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