Cowboys Fantasy News

Expect Washington RB Matt Jones to average '15-20 carries per game'

Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:13pm

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

Besides the quarterback, the player on offense under the most pressure to perform this year will be Matt Jones. The team let Alfred Morris walk in free agency and they waited until the seventh round to draft his replacement. And at this point the often injured, lightly used Keith Marshall isn’t even a sure bet to make the team. Jones will need to stay healthy while averaging 15-20 carries per game, add about a yard to the 3.4 per carry average he posted last year, and make fumbles very rare occurrences.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones had a few moments as a rookie, but they were mostly in the passing game, where he averaged 16.0 yards per catch on 19 receptions. As a runner, he averaged 3.4 YPC on 144 totes. It appears that he'll be the primary running back, though Chris Thompson led the Washington running backs with 35 receptions last season and may form a committee by taking over most of the third-down work.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) already 'throwing fully'

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12:06pm

David Moore - [Full Article]

Tony Romo on rehab: "I can throw fully. I've been throwing fully here for a good week and a half, two weeks. It's been good."

Fantasy Impact:

In his last 34 non-injury games, Romo has averaged 253 yards, 2.2 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions, which equates to 17.8 points per game. That would extrapolate to the #12 QB last year, so if he stays healthy and maintains that production, he should return good value given his early ADP (QB18).

Surgery may end Scott Chandler's career

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:07pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Scott Chandler, the tight end for the Bills for several years who spent 2015 in New England, could be done with football after undergoing knee surgery earlier this week.

Chandler was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He spent 2007 and 2008 with San Diego (though he was on IR for the '08 season) before landing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009, spending two seasons bouncing back and forth between the practice squads and active rosters of the Cowboys and Giants before ultimately landing with the Buffalo Bills late in the 2010 season.

He wound up spending four more years with the Bills, ultimately catching 181 passes for 2,112 yards and 17 touchdowns during that stint. He then landed with the New England Patriots for the 2015 season, playing No. 2 to Rob Gronkowski for most of the year and filling in for Gronk as the No. 1 tight end when he missed time. He caught 23 passes for 259 yards and four scores.

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler wound up needing knee surgery at the end of the season, though, and according to this Twitter post from his wife, Alissa, that surgery may end his career.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:26pm - [Full Article]

Brandon Weeden has earned another shot in Houston after leading the Texans to a pair of key victories in the AFC South race last December.

The Texans re-signed Weeden, the team announced on Friday. The new deal is for $4 million over two years, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source with direct knowledge of the contract.

Claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in mid-November, Weeden relieved an injured T.J. Yates in Week 15, tossing a touchdown to rookie Jaelen Strong to push the Texans past the Colts in a crucial battle for control of the division. A week later, he accounted for three touchdowns in a 34-6 rout over the Titans.

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ACL) may not be ready for Week 1

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 1:51pm

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

Dunbar saw his 2015 season cut short in October when he suffered a major injury to his left knee against the New Orleans Saints, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and the patella tendon.

There is a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season, let alone the start of training camp and is a good candidate to put on the physically unable to perform list.

Related players: Darren McFadden

Fantasy Impact:

In theory, this helps the stock of Darren McFadden since he would serve as the team's primary passing down back with Dunbar sidelined.

Cowboys sign RB Alfred Morris

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 10:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris will sign a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, his agent confirmed to ESPN.

Morris, 27, rushed for a franchise-record 1,613 yards as the Redskins captured the NFC East title in 2012. He benefited from the zone read option, but also excelled out of any look in the Redskins' outside zone system.

This past season, Morris finished with 806 yards overall and one touchdown. He averaged career lows in yards per carry (3.7) and yards after contact (1.45).

Fantasy Impact:

On the outs in Washington, Morris's career may be on the upswing as he lands with a team who not only wants him, but also has one of the best offensive lines in football. His arrival puts a big dent in Darren McFadden's upside as the duo will probably form a timeshare as long as both players stay productive. Morris may hold more value in standard formats while McFadden will compete with Lance Dunbar to serve as the team's primary back on passing downs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:36pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Colts agreed to a deal with RB Robert Turbin.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:14pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent quarterback Matt Cassel, according to a source.

A 12-year veteran, the 33 year-old Cassel will provide depth and competition at the quarterback spot behind starter Marcus Mariota. Zach Mettenberger is currently the team’s second-string quarterback, but has been inconsistent in his opportunities and has yet to win a start.

Report: Cowboys QB Tony Romo will have surgery on collarbone, 6-8 week recovery

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 1:51pm

Ed Werder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys Tony Romo planning to have surgery to plate left collarbone, fractured 3 times past five seasons, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Werder went on to report that it will be a 6-8 week recovery from the eventual surgery date.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to have foot and ankle surgery

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10:09am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is in New York today having surgery on both his foot and ankle, per Ron Berkowitz. Neither will affect offseason progRams.

Fantasy Impact:

After three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1233 yards and 12 touchdowns, Bryant managed just 31-401-3 in an injury-shortened, nine-game season. Assuming his offseason goes well and a healthy Tony Romo is back under center, we believe he'll be back in the top 10 in 2016. It does appear that his body may be breaking down, so this is a crucial offseason for the talented receiver.

Monday, January 4, 2016, 12:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jerry Jones has made no secret that the Dallas Cowboys need to address their quarterback position behind Tony Romo.

They will have a few months to determine how they want to go about it after Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore combined to go 1-11 in Romo’s absence.

But the owner and general manager liked what he saw from Moore, so much so that he believes Moore could be a viable No. 2 quarterback.

“His background and (offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s) background with him and these games, I think he’s got the potential to be a winning (backup),” Jones said. “I think he can ultimately win games in the NFL.”

Moore completed 33-of-48 passes for 435 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s 34-23 loss to the Washington Redskins. In three games of action, Moore had four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Cowboys have no plans to fire Jason Garrett

Monday, January 4, 2016, 11:16am

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

By any measure, the Cowboys' season was a huge disappointment. Mercifully, it's over, and despite the 4-12 record, owner Jerry Jones has every intention of keeping Jason Garrett as coach.

"Let me be real clear: There's no thought of replacing Jason. At all," Jones said, via "I only say that to get ahead of anything that might be said about me addressing coaching. Jason is the ultimate decision-maker regarding the staff. And so that remains for us to sit down and really evaluate the staff."

Fantasy Impact:

Injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant hurt the Cowboys chances this season. If both can stay healthy next year, Bryant would likely be another WR1 type of receiver in fantasy drafts while Romo would be among a group of QBs to target in later rounds.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Cowboys TE Jason Witten (chest, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Redskins want to win, but may rest players 'depending on the situation'

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 12:23pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

It’s a new experience for the entire organization. Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has had several days to figure out his approach for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, and he is planning to use his healthy players with a home playoff game on the horizon. It’s unknown at this point, however, how long some of the Redskins’ key starters will play with the team locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed.

“I have a good feel for it, so we just have to make that determination,” Gruden said. “Number one, it’s the health of our football team with these injured guys who are legitimately injured and can’t play. Then, from there, we’ll have to figure out the able bodies that we have — personnel groupings will be adjusted — and then throughout the course of the game, we’ll make adjustments depending on the situation.”

“It’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time, but it is also to have some kind of momentum also going in,” Gruden said. “I’d like to end on a four-game winning streak, win three games in a row on the road, finish the fourth quarter [of the season] 4-0 [and] finish 9-7. I think it’s a hell of a step in the right direction. The guys that are able to play are planning on playing and competing.”

Related players: Matt Jones, DeSean Jackson, Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Jones (hip) and DeSean Jackson (knee) are on the injury report this week, so they are the top candidates to see a reduction in playing time. It's also possible that Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon see reduced snaps as well.

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