Cowboys Fantasy News

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. Dak Prescott will start again and is streamable even without Dez Bryant in the lineup.

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 4. There was an early report that seemed to come from Bryant where it sounded like he wasn’t going to play, and now he’s listed as questionable. This sure seems like the Cowboys playing games with the injury report. We don’t expect him to play. Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years. Butler showed a nice rapport with Dak Prescott in the preseason, but is only a desperation dart throw.

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. He’s been placed on IR and can potentially return in Week 12. He's droppable in most formats without an injured reserve slot. He's worth a stash in leagues with big benches, but the chances of Watkins coming back in Week 12 or Week 13 and being a big fantasy asset seem pretty slim. It's not out of the realm of possibility, however. In the meantime, Robert Woods seems to be the best bet for weekly PPR production in the Buffalo receiving corps. He caught six passes for 51 yards on eight targets last week, but historically hasn't shown much of a rapport with Tyrod Taylor. The loss of Watkins is a big blow to Taylor's 2016 fantasy stock, though he'll occasionally put up a big game given his explosive running ability and propensity to throw the deep ball. We wouldn't get too excited about Justin Hunter, though the change of scenery might be good for him. Once Salas gets healthy, he could be a PPR option, a la Cole Beasley.

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) missed practice again Thursday. Dak Prescott will continue to start.

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Bryant played through the injury in Week 3, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to go on Sunday. Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc) said if the "hairline fracture in weight bearing portion of knee, will be a multi-week absence. Can't risk displacement of bone." Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks." If the Cowboys are truly "hopeful" that he plays, then the location of the injury is probably not in a bad spot. Of course, it could be gamesmanship if they know he's out and want to force San Francisco to prepare for him. If he sits, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years.

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm

49ers WR Torrey Smith (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday. Smith should be fine to face the Cowboys and is always a threat for a big play.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant likely out 1-3 weeks, maybe longer, with tibial plateau fracture

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 10:26pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

A day that began with many questions surrounding Dez Bryant's injured right knee ended with some answers, but plenty of uncertainty.

Bryant has a hairline fracture, coach Jason Garrett revealed Wednesday. The fracture is in the tibial plateau on the lateral side where the bone meets the knee, a source said.

Although Bryant hasn't been ruled out for Sunday, it appears unlikely that he will be able to play. There's no exact timetable for his return. He could miss one week or the next three.

Fantasy Impact:

Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks," though we're also seeing recovery timelines of 5-6 weeks in some cases. If he sits, which is likely, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years. Butler showed a nice rapport with Dak Prescott in the preseason and is worth a pickup in deep leagues.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Bryant played through the injury in Week 3, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to go on Sunday. Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc) said if the "hairline fracture in weight bearing portion of knee, will be a multi-week absence. Can't risk displacement of bone." Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks." If the Cowboys are truly "hopeful" that he plays, then the location of the injury is probably not in a bad spot. Of course, it could be gamesmanship if they know he's out and want to force San Francisco to prepare for him. If he sits, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm

49ers WR Torrey Smith (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. Smith should be fine to face the Cowboys. It’s a much better matchup than last week.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in knee, 'hopeful' (but unlikely) for Week 4

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3:21pm

Matt Barrows - [Full Article]

Jason Garrett says Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in the bone of one of his knees, hopeful the WR will play on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant played through the injury in Week 3, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to go on Sunday. Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc) said if the "hairline fracture in weight bearing portion of knee, will be a multi-week absence. Can't risk displacement of bone." Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks." If the Cowboys are truly "hopeful" that he plays, then the location of the injury is probably not in a bad spot. Of course, it could be gamesmanship if they know he's out and want to force San Francisco to prepare for him. If he sits, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) expected to miss 4-6 weeks

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1:37pm

ABC News - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained ankle, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bears coach John Fox confirmed earlier Monday that Langford had a sprained ankle in the Bears' 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but did not provide a timetable for his return.

Langford wore a walking boot in the AT&T Stadium visitors' locker room after the game.

Related players: Jordan Howard, KaDeem Carey, Raheem Mosert

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Howard replaced Langford and rushed for 45 yards on nine carries, plus he caught four balls for 47 yards. He seems the logical choice to replace Langford and was already getting a lot of interest from fantasy owners as Langford struggled at times this year. However, Fox was quick to point out Monday that Howard is just a rookie. The story added the Bears, on Wednesday, will re-evaluate running back KaDeem Carey, who sat out Week 3 with a hamstring injury. Chicago also recently signed tailback/returner Raheem Mostert after Carey got hurt. Carey, especially, could cut into Howard's workload if he's active.

No MRI for Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1:05pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

WR Dez Bryant tweaked his knee during the first series of Sunday night's game against the Bears. The Cowboys' wideout returned after missing a few plays and ended the evening with three receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, owner and general manager Jerry Jones suggested that Bryant would have an MRI on Monday. On Tuesday, during an interview with CBS Radio's 105.3, Jones said the MRI never happened.

Fantasy Impact:

The MRI could still take place, but Jones added, "I'm assuming he's a go," when talking about Bryant's status for Sunday.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford's knee injury shouldn't be long term

Monday, September 26, 2016, 6:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford suffered a sprained right ankle in Chicago’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, coach John Fox confirmed on Monday.

Langford wore a walking boot in the AT&T Stadium visitors’ locker room after the game, but the injury is not believed to be long term.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Howard replaced Langford and rushed for 45 yards on nine carries, plus he caught four balls for 47 yards. Howard is the logical choice to assume a larger role if Langford misses time, but Fox was not ready to fully commit to the youngster because he's only a rookie. The story said the Bears on Wednesday will re-evaluate running back Ka'Deem Carey, who sat out Week 3 with a hamstring injury. Chicago also recently signed tailback/returner Raheem Mostert after Carey got hurt.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford has ankle injury

Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:31am

CSN Chicago - [Full Article]

Add Jeremy Langford to the Bears' injury report.

The Bears running back left Sunday's game on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. He did not return.

Fantasy Impact:

Coach John Fox isn't sure about the severity of the injury. Langford was in a walking boot at the end of the game. Langford rushed for 31 yards on three carries and had two receptions for 15 yards in the team's 31-17 loss. Jordan Howard has been a popular pickup even before this injury and certainly seems to be a must-get this week. Howard rushed nine times for 45 yards but did fumble twice. He added four catches for 47 yards.

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