Phillip Tanner Fantasy News

Fred Jackson inactive for TNF, Bryce Brown to start

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:19pm

Bills Inactives
Ron Brooks CB
Marquise Goodwin WR
Fred Jackson RB
Randell Johnson OLB
Cyrus Kouandjio T
Phillip Tanner RB
Jarius Wynn DE

Fantasy Impact:

Fred Jackson is inactive as expected. Multiple reports say that Bryce Brown is starting at RB for the Bills, which is encouraging news for those owners depending on him this week. In the last two weeks, Anthony Dixon has out-carried him 31 to 14, but the ratio was 9:7 in Week 10 and Brown caught six passes against the Chiefs, out-touching Dixon 13 to 9. Brown looked explosive and particularly good in the passing game, so he’s a low-end RB2 in standard and a solid RB2 in PPR formats.

With Goodwin out, Mike Williams returns to the active roster.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, according to a league source.

The Bills needed help at running back with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Tanner has visited the San Francisco 49ers this year and previously worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

Tanner spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He recorded 21 special teams tackles.

Fantasy Impact:

Tanner will be behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:30pm

WTHR - [Full Article]

The Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner, 5-10, 208 pounds, who spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2011-13), where he recorded 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards.

He also made 21 special teams tackles. In 2013, he tied a career-high with nine special teams stops, while adding nine rushing attempts for 12 yards and a touchdown. Tanner was originally signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He finished his collegiate career at Middle Tennessee State University with 430 carries for 2,024 yards (4.7 avg.) and 33 touchdowns.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9:46am

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Dallas rookie RB Joseph Randle would get the first crack at the full-time job for however long DeMarco Murray misses.

Randle had just 17 yards on 11 carries against the Redskins, but HC Jason Garrett will not condemn the numbers because of how Washington was selling out to stop the run late in the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Many feel Lance Dunbar would normally get the start with no Murray in the lineup, but Dunbar has a hamstring injury and has yet to run since getting hurt in the Denver game. Dunbar is not expected to play this week. Phillip Tanner is the only other back on the 53-man roster. We've seen reports that Murray will be out and others that said he's still questionable, so it's a situation to monitor. If you're a Murray owner, Randle is the RB to pick up if you're in a bind and it's an attractive matchup against the Eagles defense. This week's game is an early start, so we'll know Murray's status in advance.

Beat: DeMarco Murray most likely out Week 7

Monday, October 14, 2013, 3:44pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

According to a source, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray will most likely be unable to play against the Eagles because of injuries suffered in the team's 31-16 win Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

At 3-3, Dallas and Philadelphia share the lead in the NFC East.

Fantasy Impact:

Lance Dunbar is battling a hamstring issue and didn't play last week and would normally be the RB2. If Dunbar can't go again this week, the Cowboys would turn to rookie Joseph Randle, who had 11 carries for 17 yards and a touchdown against Washington, and Phillip Tanner, who had one carry for 2 yards. It's still a pretty good matchup against the Eagles defense that's starting to show signs of improvement.

Friday, September 6, 2013, 6:25pm

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 1. Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle figure to back up DeMarco Murray.

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 6:42pm

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Dunbar is looking very iffy for Week 1. Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle figure to back up DeMarco Murray.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 7:17pm

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Dunbar is looking iffy for Week 1. Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle figure to back up DeMarco Murray.

Monday, July 22, 2013, 2:08pm

Todd Archer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle on practice field for first time. Missed offseason with thumb injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle will compete with Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to back up DeMarco Murray.

Friday, June 21, 2013, 6:14pm

Fort-Worth Star Telegram - [Full Article]

Dallas running back Phillip Tanner looked quicker and more explosive in the spring practices.

Tanner, a former Dallas Kimball standout, played his way onto the roster in 2011 as an undrafted player out of Middle Tennessee State. But in the last half of 2012, the Cowboys used him less and less as Lance Dunbar emerged, and it looked like Tanner was falling out of favor.

When the Cowboys drafted another running back, Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle, and signed an undrafted back, Kendial Lawrence of Missouri, it only added to the perception.

Tanner said he put all that out of his mind.

“Coming in and working hard every day, working with the offensive line and jelling with my team is the big thing,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle will likely back up DeMarco Murray this season leaving Tanner and Dunbar to battle for the RB3 spot in camp.

Monday, June 17, 2013, 2:05pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Cowboy RB Joseph Randle has not taken a snap because of thumb surgery but should be ready to go for the opening of training camp. He has done everything the athletic training staff has asked, and running backs coach Gary Brown has liked how attentive Randle has been on the practice field even if he can't carry the ball.

The Cowboys believe he can be a full-time back if something happened to RB DeMarco Murray, but he was a fifth-round pick. Randle will have to show he can beat out Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to do the job. Getting a late start doing that isn't a positive.

Dez Bryant active for Cowboys

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:21pm

Cowboys Inactives
G David Arkin
CB Morris Claiborne
OL Kevin Kowalski
S Charlie Peprah
DT Jay Ratliff
RB Phillip Tanner
T Darrion Weems

Fantasy Impact:

Dez Bryant will give it a go today with his broken finger in a splint. It remains to be seen how Bryant will fare with the splint, but only Calvin Johnson has been hotter down the stretch.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 7:04pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot, doubtful) won't return this week. Cowboys RB Felix Jones (knee, questionable) is questionable with a knee issue. If Felix can't go, Lance Dunbar would get the start and be a desperation flex play option with Phillip Tanner working behind him.

Felix Jones questionable for Thursday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 2:48pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Running back Felix Jones didn't practice on Tuesday and his status for working with the rest of his Cowboys' teammates is uncertain for today.

Jones has a knee issue which is concerning for the Cowboys. He's played and practiced through numerous ailments during the season but with a short week there could be an issue about him playing Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Redskins.

If Jones doesn't play or is limited in what he can do, Lance Dunbar, who has moved up the depth chart with the absence of DeMarco Murray (foot), might get his first NFL start.

Fantasy Impact:

Phillip Tanner will also be in the mix, but Dunbar has been the primary backup to Jones, so he figures to get most of the work if Felix can't play.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6:13pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Cowboys running back Felix Jones (knee) missed practice on Tuesday and if he's unable to play Thursday against the Washington Redskins, Lance Dunbar or Phillip Tanner will take over. Both players share first-team reps in practice.