Cowboys Fantasy News

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 5. The latest estimate is that Bryant will return in Week 7.

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Cowboys WR Brice Butler (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 5.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) missed practice again Thursday. The latest estimate is that Bryant will return in Week 7.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Cowboys WR Brice Butler (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. His absence gives Terrance Williams a boost as the team’s primary deep threat.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Cowboys TE James Hanna (ankle) missed practice again Thursday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:19pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) did not practice Wednesday. The latest estimate is that Bryant will return in Week 7.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:19pm

Cowboys WR Brice Butler (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:19pm

Cowboys TE James Hanna (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Drew Brees fine after Week 4 return

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:56pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

After suffering a bruised rotator cuff in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Drew Brees was back in action against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. Fortunately, Sean Payton says his QB came out of the incredible overtime victory feeling just fine, according to Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate.

“I think aside from your normal soreness after a game, I think (Brees is) fine,” Saints head coach Sean Payton told The New Orleans Advocate.

While Brees threw his fair share of shorter passes during the victory, he did more than just get the job done. Brees completed 33-of-41 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including the 80-yard overtime touchdown that sealed the victory for the Saints.

Fantasy Impact:

Brees will likely use the beginning of the week to let his shoulder rest just a bit before getting back to work this week.

Christine Michael will be 'part of the mix' for Cowboys this week

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:54pm - [Full Article]

With Lance Dunbar likely lost for the season, now the attention will turn to Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Christine Michael. HC Jason Garrett said he expects all three to have their own roles this week when the Cowboys face the Patriots. He also said the running back-by committee approach might be altered somewhat with Dunbar’s setback.

“I think we’re always evaluating that, and it will happen naturally with Lance being out,” said Garrett. “We’ll look at it in practice and games, and we’ll look at what we’re asking guys to do. We’re constantly evaluating that stuff. We like to make it competitive, and we like guys to have to earn their opportunities each week and certainly within the ballgame. We anticipate (Michael) being a part of the mix this week along with Darren and Joe, and we’ll see how it goes as the week goes on.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the team likely isn't going to bring in another running back so it looks like Michael will get a shot. He's not the same kind of back as Dunbar, thus the reason the Cowboys would have to alter their committee approach.

Dez Update: 'real shot' to play Week 7

Monday, October 5, 2015, 2:01pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones appeared on the G Bag Nation on 103.5 KRLD The Fan on Monday.

He said Dez Bryant was examined late last week.

"There's been no setbacks," Jones said. Says there's a "real shot" he could play after Week 6 bye against the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact:

That continues to be the news out of Dallas in terms of Bryant's status. We reported a story last week saying the team thought he could return during the Week 6 bye and play by Week 7. It's still hard to trust what a player or team says about injuries, and as owners know, reports said Bryant would miss anywhere from four weeks to the rest of the season. If you believe what the Cowboys are saying, it continues to look good for a Bryant return sooner than later.

Lance Dunbar 'almost certainly' lost for season

Monday, October 5, 2015, 9:41am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Not only did they lose more key pieces, it was the timing of those injuries that contributed to the Cowboys losing another game.

According to Todd Archer of, running back Lance Dunbar is “almost certainly” lost for the season with last night’s knee injury, the most dramatic of a long list.

Fantasy Impact:

Dunbar can be added to the long list of injured Cowboys on offense. Dunbar was becoming a popular waiver wire pickup, too, thanks to his explosiveness. This likely opens the door for Christine Michael to get more work.

A look at Saint snap counts

Monday, October 5, 2015, 9:38am

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

C.J. Spiller undoubtedly saved the day for the New Orleans Saints with his 80-yard TD reception in overtime to shock the Dallas Cowboys 26-20 at home Sunday night.

Coach Sean Payton said he strived to increase Spiller's involvement within the offense. Technically, Payton did just that. Spiller played 21 offensive snaps in the win over Dallas in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which translated into 29 percent of the offensive snaps.

The 21 snaps are up from Week 3 where he only 14 snaps (20 percent) in the loss at Carolina. The Saints tailback took seven snaps in his Saints debut against Tampa Bay two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Brandon Coleman continues to watch his participation decrease finding only 19 snaps (26 percent) in Sunday night's win. Willie Snead received the second most offensive snaps at wide receiver at 48.

Fantasy Impact:

A couple of notes here as Spiller's works seems to be on the upswing, which is no surprise considering he is working back from an injury. The Coleman vs. Snead snaps are interesting because the broadcast crew said the Saints like Snead enough that he's got a chance to be the second option after Brandin Cooks.

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 7:20pm

Cowboys Inactives
Dez Bryant WR
Matt Cassel QB
Lael Collins OG
Randy Gregory DE
Ryan Russell DE
Geoff Swaim TE
Lucky Whitehead WR

S. Jones: Dez Bryant 'on target' to return by bye week

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:06pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones recently provided the latest rehab update for Randy Gregory [ankle] and Dez Bryant [foot].

"They're doing well," Jones told Ben and Skin Friday afternoon. "We're on the timeline. The goal all along has been to try to get them back by the bye, so far they're on target."

The Cowboys bye comes in Week 6. They travel to New York to take on the Giants in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact:

Despite numerous reports Bryant could miss 8 or 12 weeks or even the season, the Cowboys continue to say Bryant could be back for Week 7 after the team's Week 6 bye. It's been hard to decide who to believe in this injury situation, but if you chose to trust the team, Bryant could be back in a few weeks. We'll continue to monitor.

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