Cowboys Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12:17pm

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The question is not going to go away anytime soon and with the St. Louis Rams on bye week, it will almost certainly persist for at least the next two weeks.

But Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked once again Monday whether Austin Davis had done enough to supplant Shaun Hill as the starting quarterback. His response was familiar.

"We'll see how things go this week," Fisher said. "We'll see how Shaun is, but as I've maintained Shaun is our starter and Austin is our backup.”

Hill, of course, is still recovering from a thigh injury. But it's interesting to note that Hill's thigh was healthy enough for the Rams to keep him active as the No. 2 quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys last week. What's more, the Rams named third quarterback Case Keenum a pregame inactive, meaning had something happened to Davis, Hill would've been the only option.

Fisher offered an explanation for that Monday also. Well, sort of.

"We kept him up as the two because I felt like he could finish a game out of the shotgun," Fisher said. "But he's not ready to go under center yet.”

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Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3. Hill is supposedly the starter when healthy, but Austin Davis is expected to get the start against the Cowboys.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Romo is ready to face the Rams, though the Cowboys have been more run-heavy so far this season.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (concussion, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Austin’s return to practice is no guarantee that he’ll play against the Cowboys.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 3. Bryant is expected to play. The Cowboys play early on Sunday, so we should have plenty of notice if Bryant is a surprise inactive.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten not worried about his numbers

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:28am

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Jason Witten received a game ball for Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, along with the rest of the offensive line that paved the way for the Dallas Cowboys to pound away for 220 rushing yards.

Witten has only six catches for 46 yards in two games, but the franchise’s all-time leading receiver isn’t sweating his individual statistics.

“Our focus is trying to create that identity of a running football team,” Witten said.

Witten, whose 885 career receptions are the second most by a tight end in NFL history, is willing to sacrifice catches as part of the Cowboys’ newfound commitment to the run. He also recognizes defenses will pay less attention to the nine-time Pro Bowl tight end if DeMarco Murray continues to rack up rushing yards, and play-action, in particular, should lead to some big-play opportunities.

“I think for all of us our numbers will come and opportunities will come,” Witten said. “You have less opportunities because of the way you run the football. I think all of us are committed to that and understand it and do whatever we have to do to help out.”

Fantasy Impact:

Witten's owners weren't expecting the Cowboys to be so run-heavy when they drafted him in the 7th/8th round. With just six catches in two games, Witten's streak of seven straight seasons with 70-plus catches is in jeopardy. The Cowboys are unlikely to be able to control game flow the way they did against the Titans in Week 2. The defense isn't good enough, so the catches should come.

Dallas running game hurting Terrance Williams' production

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:22am

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Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer was asked about the lack of production from Terrance Williams: It's not that Terrance Williams has done anything wrong. Some of it is a product of how the Cowboys played last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. They ran it 43 times in 76 snaps. When you have that dominant of a running game, there will be only so many targets to go around in the passing game. And when you're playing opposite Dez Bryant, that will also be a factor in the limited targets. In two games, Williams has been targeted eight times, with four catches. I wouldn't panic about his long-term production. It will be there, but I don't know if you'll see him with huge numbers as long as the Cowboys are running the ball as well as they are. I had him pegged in for about a 60-65 catch season. There's plenty of time to hit that number.

Fantasy Impact:

We still like Williams' skill set, and he was very productive last year in a starter's role. But not only are the Cowboys going run-heavy, Tony Romo isn't pushing the ball down the field as much as in years past. Williams is still the #35 WR in standard formats, so he shouldn't hit the waiver wire.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Austin Davis is likely to get another start. He has a good matchup against the Cowboys, but the Rams may not throw enough for it to matter.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Romo should be fine to face the Rams in Week 3.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (concussion) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Bryant should be fine to face the Rams.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Austin Davis is likely to get another start. He has a good matchup against the Cowboys, but the Rams may not throw enough for it to matter.