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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Team Talk: Dallas Cowboys

Team Talk heads to the lone star state to take on the 'Boys.  Adam Fildelfo returns to talk about the key fantasy targets in Dallas.  (Follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.)


America's Team. You either love them or hate them. Regardless of how you feel about the Cowboys, know this: There are some fantasy studs residing in Dallas and if they lead your team to a fantasy title, you're going to end up loving them.

Tony Romo - Romo may actually be a better fantasy quarterback than he is NFL quarterback. He has a knack for throwing interceptions during crunch time but he'll still rack up the yards and touchdowns so his fantasy points will be there for you when all is said and done. He's a great value in drafts because you can get him in the middle rounds well after other owners take the top signal callers rounds earlier. He's an excellent option at a quarterback and can win you the championship that has eluded his Cowboys in the NFL.

Dez Bryant - It looks like Dez is in store for a big season in 2013. He helped carry fantasy teams to a title with his huge games late last season. If he can stay healthy, he will have no problem finishing the year as a top five receiver once again. If Dez can keep himself on course, his fantasy owners will reap the rewards.

DeMarco Murray - He has all the necessary tools to be a top ten back in fantasy. There are just two problems working against him: (1) Dallas doesn't really believe in running the ball. Jason Garrett has been very quick to abandon the run game. The good news is Jason Garrett is no longer the play caller in big D. That job now belongs to Bill Callahan. Hopefully for DeMarco Murray owners sake, Callahan has more patience with the run game... and (2) The other problem with DeMarco Murray is that he hasn't shown that he can stay healthy for the duration of a season. He's had that problem even back in college. A big season looms for Murray if all goes right. You should view him as an RB2 with RB1 potential.

Miles Austin - Injuries have plagued Austin the past few years. Before Dez Bryant got to Dallas, Austin was the go-to guy for Romo. He still has the ability to be a good fantasy receiver if he can stay healthy. Since defenses will be all over Dez, Austin can produce on a weekly basis for his owners. Romo still trusts him and with the way the Cowboys like to throw, Austin can become fantasy relevant once again.

Jason Witten - Drafting Witten depends on what type of format you play in. While Witten holds value in any type of format, he's far more useful in a PPR league. Witten is a safe option for Romo and will see plenty of targets. The downside is Witten doesn't score a lot of touchdowns. He can rack up receptions and yards after the catch so he's still an elite fantasy tight end that will help your team every week. Witten is in that second tier of tight ends but after that, there is a dramatic drop off at the position. Make you sure you don't wait too long to grab him.

D/ST - Even with (the overrated) Rob Ryan departing for New Orleans, the Cowboys defense should remain a viable option in fantasy. They have one of the best defensive ends in DeMarcus Ware and an emerging linebacker in Sean Lee. The secondary isn't too bad either. The Dallas defense wouldn't be a bad selection for you once all of the top defenses are gone.

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