Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) signals prior to snapping the ball against the New York Giants at AT

Dallas Cowboys Stock Report: First Quarter


The Dallas Cowboys are now ¼ of the way through the 2013 NFL season.  With the first quarter completed it’s time to review player performance and analyze who are the hot stocks and who are the cold stocks.

We will look at the Bulls (good stocks on the upswing) and Bears (bad stocks on the downswing). Also included on this report are the buy/sell recommendations, the hottest IPO (Rookie and first year stocks), stock to hold, and Blue Chip stocks (the Rock Stars of the market). After tracking recent trends on the Dallas Cowboy’s Stock Exchange (DCSE), these stocks have stood out after week 4 of the 2013 NFL season:

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates with running back DeMarco Murray (29) after a touchdown during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls (Hot Stocks Rising in Value)

Dez Bryant: An absolute beast on the field can catch anything thrown his way despite the defenses best efforts to stop him. He has dropped balls from time to time but his playmaking more than makes up for it.

For some reason Tony Romo stops throwing the ball to him for stretches of the game. Those are typically the same stretches that the Cowboys fall behind.

Dez is becoming a Superstar and the world can now see it. He’s well on his way to Blue Chip status.

The Bears (Cold Stocks Falling in Value)

Morris Claiborne: After missing so much practice time in training camp and preseason it’s no wonder Mo looks lost out there. To make matters worse his shoulder injury all but insures he will be wearing a shoulder harness the reaminder of the season – thus limiting his playmaking potential.

He has been beaten badly this season but does still possess the same ball skills he always has. He can turn this around but it’s going to take practice and confidence. Two things that have eluded him so far.

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) runs after a catch against New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (24) in the second quarter at AT

Miles Austin: Austin is hurt again. What better way to sully value than to be unable to compete altogether. It’s the same story different season. Austin is week to week with a hamstring injury. As a stock, Austin is a ridiculously dangerous and overvalued commodity.

Even when healthy he wasn’t lighting it up. With Dez Bryant drawing a constant double team Miles Austin often faces single coverage. In addition, he is rarely covered by the defenses number one corner.

With all of this he still disappears for long periods of time. This could potentially be the biggest mismatch on the field and he has yet to really take advantage of it.

Stock to Hold

DeMarco Murray: He’s been great so far but with an injury history like his, it’s best to temper enthusiasm. The Cowboys say they are committed to the running game but the reality is they only use it when they’re winning. Once again, Murray holds big boom or bust potential so it’s best to just sit tight and see what the future holds

Hottest IPO (Initial Public Offering aka: Rookie/First Year Stock)

Travis Frederick: This is a complete no-brainer. Frederick has made a big difference in the Dallas O-line this season. He is calling blocking assignments and leading the transition of the new Zone Blocking Scheme. Frederick is making players around him better which is good news to a team that has been recently hampered by underachieving offensive lines.

Buy Low

JJ Wilcox: JJ hasn’t exactly burst onto the scene this first quarter BUT he has earned a starting job and he still possesses excellent potential.  The Dallas secondary is performing pitifully and Wilcox should have many opportunities to make plays. Buy stock now because his price is only going to rise.

Blue Chip Stocks

The Blue Chip stocks are stocks who are at the absolute top of their field in performance and earnings. These are stocks you can invest in, depend on, and retire with. They are the reliable moneymakers that can solidify an investor portfolio. Demarcus Ware is the only true Blue Chipper. Even with his back issues he is still at the top of his profession and a true difference maker on the team.

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