NFC East Fantasy Focus: Dallas Cowboys

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 | 0

Today (Wed., August 27, 2014), TSM Plug rolls on with our NFC East Fantasy Focus for the 2014 Dallas Cowboys after previewing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins yesterday.

Dallas is a maddening team to root for in real life, as they consistently find themselves on the brink of greatness only to lose a heartbreaker. They did so last year after quarterback Tony Romo was forced out of their final regular season game in 2013, a game in which they would have secured a playoff spot had they won.

But we’re not talking about the Cowboys’ prospects for winning the NFC East. With a highly suspect defense, they’re going to be involved in many shootouts, and that’s very good new for those looking to draft their stars in fantasy.


At the head of their attack sits Romo, the enigmatic player with seemingly all the talent in the world that can’t seem to win the big game.

But for fantasy purposes, Romo is underrated gold. After throwing for 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 games last year, Romo is poised for another big season.

Question marks do remain about his offseason back surgery, but he’s lasting until an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 77 in Yahoo standard leagues, making him a great value for those who choose to wait on a quarterback.

Dez Bryant

Part of the reason Romo is so good for fantasy is that he has star wideout Dez Bryant to throw to. Bryant caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013, and he might be headed for even better stats this year. At a high ADP of 11, you’ll have to spend an early pick on Bryant, but he should be worth it.

Second-year wideout Terrance Williams out of Baylor is also primed for a solid year after showing flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign. He should prove an excellent compliment to Bryant, and when teams choose to focus coverage on the superstar, Williams will be open more often than not. At his ADP of 76, he’s certainly worth considering in the later rounds.


When the Cowboys run the ball, they’ll be set up well as long as starting running back DeMarco Murray stays healthy. In 14 games last year, Murray ran for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 53 catches for 350 yards and another score through the air.

He should get a ton of touches in 2014 if he stays on the field; but that’s a big if. Murray has never had the most stellar medical history, so he obviously comes with a heap of risk attached to his high price tag of a 16 ADP. He’s an attractive prospect who could pay big dividends, but he could just as easily be left on the sidelines.

Tight end Jason Witten has been a fixture at the position for many years. He brings in a lot of volume, making him an excellent candidate to take in leagues that employ point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

At an ADP of 62, you could find a comparable tight end like Zach Ertz, Dennis Pitta, or Jordan Reed in later rounds, but you can’t go wrong with Witten overall.

The Cowboys’ was absolutely atrocious last year, forcing Romo and the offense to score nearly every time they got the ball. With linebacker Sean Lee already out for the season, they won’t be much better tis year.

Playing against the lethal offenses of the NFC East, don’t think about drafting the Cowboys defense and special teams.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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