The Dallas Cowboys proved last year they have a team worthy of making a deep playoff run. Even with the loss of DeMarco Murray the Cowboys still have countless weapons available for many fantasy leagues.
Dec 21, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receivers Cole Beasley (11) Dez Bryant (88) and Terrance Williams (83) pose for a phot in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
If you come up with a mid to late draft pick in round one in your league, take Dez Bryant. Last season Bryant came up with 16 touchdowns, which led the entire league for wide receivers. He is consistently targeted by Tony Romo in the red zone and, with the loss of talent at running back, expect him to become an even greater target. Since 2010, Bryant has had more touchdowns, more plays for 20+ yards, more plays for 40+ yards, and less fumbles than the previous years. He is shaping up to be one of the best wide receiver picks possible.
Which starting quarterback led the league in passer rating and completion percentage during the 2014 season? No not Peyton Manning, or Aaron Rodgers, or Tom Brady. That’s right Tony Romo. It is important to understand that Romo did not attempt as many passes than that of his competitors because of the incredible running game the Cowboys had. But this gave him the opportunity to put everything he had into each throw. Winning fantasy football means taking risks and choosing the unexpected player. Tony Romo is worth taking a chance on especially since he will be available in round two or even round three leaving you the option to take a running back or wide receiver in the first round.
There are several sleepers on the Cowboys that have potential to be taken in later rounds. The first is Romo’s security blanket, tight end Jason Witten. Witten’s numbers did drop during the 2014 season, but that is only because Romo did not have to throw the ball as often. Witten has still only missed one game is his career. While he may not post record receptions at the tight end position he could easily make it into a flex role or possibly a tight end position in larger leagues.
The second player with late round potential is Cole Beasley. If you are searching for a wide receiver to fill a void during Antonio Brown’s bye week, I recommend this young player. Just check out some of Beasley’s highlights, especially during the playoffs. He is reliable and tough. With Dez Bryant drawing in extra defenders, look for Beasley as Romo’s next option.
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Another player on the Cowboys that has some ridiculous highlights is Terrance Williams. Looking at Williams’ statistics from 2013 to 2014 it would appear that he is worthless in fantasy, however, once again Romo did not attempt as many passes as he usually does. Williams will once again make some incredible plays during the upcoming season and is a perfect filler wide receiver.
The Cowboys running game has an incredible potential to earn fantasy points simply based on the offensive line. I am no running back, but behind that line even I could have positive yardage. Obviously, none of the Cowboys running backs beat out starters like Eddie Lacy or Jamaal Charles. But they absolutely have the possibility of being on the bench and coming in to replace RB1 or RB2 starters.
The Cowboys are usually overlooked when it comes to fantasy but this year they will make a name for themselves.
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