Five Dallas Cowboys players rank within the top 10 for fantasy points at their respective positions. That does not mean each player is immune to difficult match-ups. Anybody who has watched football all season knows that the Denver Broncos are a difficult match-up. So, which ‘Boys should you employ as you normally would, and who could better serve your team by staying on the bench?
Tony Romo – Sit
In Weeks 1 and 2, the Broncos defense intercepted Joe Flacco and Eli Manning a combined six times. In Weeks 3 and 4, against Terelle Pryor and Michael Vick, they had no interceptions. What does this tell you? Stationary quarterbacks = easy “pickings”. Mobile = not so much. Which category does our beloved Tony Romo fall under?
DeMarco Murray – Flex Only
The Cowboys’ feature back has a healthy 4.9 YPC so far this season. The Broncos have the 15th ranked rushing defense, allowing an average of 119.2 yards a game. Here’s the deal: Murray will get a lot of early looks. but if the Cowboys fall behind, expect him to stay at home to block. Plus, Joseph Randle is said to be suiting up this weekend, and it could finally be the week for some variety in the backfield.
Dez Bryant – Start
The Denver Broncos feature two of the best cornerbacks in the league. Their safety play? Not so great. Roll with Dez this week (as if it’s ever a good idea not to) and bet on at least one or two big plays. I’m also going to predict a fade route in the end zone.
Jason Witten – Start unless you honestly have someone better
The Cowboys class act is tied for third amongst all tight-ends in targets. However, he hardly has half the amount of the yards as Jordan Cameron (second), and less than half the amount of Jimmy Graham (first). In addition, he hasn’t seen the end zone since Week 1 against the Giants. In three of their four games, the Broncos Defense has given up at least 100 yards to opposing tight ends. Interestingly, though, no touchdowns.
The Broncos passing defense seems most concerned with pressuring the QB and doubling up receivers. Given the Cowboys talent at both positions, it’s doubtful the former Orange Crush’s strategy will change. Thus, I would bet on Jason Witten having a good game. At the same time, don’t be afraid to play the match-up if you’re really confident in that guy on your bench.
Cowboys D/ST – Sit
Peyton Manning leads the world in fantasy points. He also has 16 touchdowns and no interceptions in four games. Sit the defense. (I predict, however, that we will be the first team to pick him off)