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Cowboys seem content to use RB committee

Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:29am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After letting league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray go in free agency, and not making a move for any replacement, or trading for a guy like Adrian Peterson, the Cowboys seem determined to go with their running back by committee.

In Saturday’s game against the Vikings, Joseph Randle started and had six carries for 15 yards. Darren McFadden took the second quarter and added four carries for 37 yards. While it may not be Murray, getting 10 for 52 out of the pair of them is a solid start.

“I thought they both did a good job,” quarterback Tony Romo said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “I thought the looks were a little tougher for Joe early on with the way they played it, then we got to some runs we could attack them with and it opened up some holes. Darren obviously did good on those and made some explosive runs.

“But sometimes the dirty ones are some of the best ones too.”

So as much as it made sense that they might pursue more of a bell-cow back, Jones seemed content going with the duo into the regular season.

“I see how we can line up certainly this coming week but I see how we can line up against the Giants, yes, I do,” Jones said. “You say, ‘Well, couldn’t you see it before?’ Now, I saw the same things before. I expect [Randle] to give us and has the talent to make some of the plays we saw him make tonight. I certainly know [McFadden] can make them and [Lance] Dunbar can do the same. If they’re healthy, I’ll take their skill and what they can bring and go to the game against the Giants and won’t ask for any more.”

Fantasy Impact:

Going with that approach is going to put more pressure on Romo and their offensive line this year, but they seem comfortable with that for the time being, the story pointed out. Maybe more importantly, it's going to be a headache for fantasy owners. Add Lance Dunbar in the mix, especially in the passing game, and there's potential for a three-headed backfield. Randle is still our pick to have the most fantasy value out of the three.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Tony Romo is just on the outside looking in at the top tier QBs in the NFL. Although his overall numbers aren't where they were a couple seasons ago, 2014 might have been his best campaign to date. He threw 34 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions - both career best (He had only 7 INTs in 2010 but only played six games). He also had a completion rate of almost 70%. We expect similar numbers and even better if his off-season surgeries were successful.

Fantasy Downside
Romo's health issues have definitely affected his overall numbers. If he is healthy this season, his numbers should be better. And most reports are he is feeling good, but we will see what happens when he starts getting hit on a regular basis. His passing attempts and yardage were also down last season, but that might be attributed to the success of the Cowboys' running game.

Bottom Line
With Romo healthy and DeMarco Murray gone, the Cowboys franchise QB should increase his numbers in 2015. If he can maintain his TD-INT rate and get his yardage back above 4,000, Romo will be more valuable than his 97 ADP. Even with the injury problems the last several years, Romo was still one of the better fantasy QBs. We expect even better this season.

2015 Strength of Schedule - DAL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
26
NYG
29
@PHI
20
ATL
28
@NO
24
NE
BYE26
@NYG
1
SEA
29
PHI
16
@TB
6
@MIA
13
CAR
32
@WAS
14
@GB
7
NYJ
2
@BUF
32
WAS

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
1SF2337281137.5912.220000-69/69100%
2TEN1929176106.079.260000-80/80100%
3STL1823217219.4312.06314004.6756/56100%
4NO2229262309.0311.91620003.3366/66100%
5HOU2841324217.9011.570000-76/76100%
6SEA2132250207.8111.902-101-0.5075/75100%
7NYG17232793112.1316.4125002.5062/62100%
8WAS1728209107.4612.2911001.0056/6586%
9ARI--------------
10JAX2027246309.1112.300000-52/6087%
11BYE--------------
12NYG18262754010.5815.281-201-2.0054/54100%
13PHI1829199026.8611.061-100-1.0061/61100%
14CHI2126205307.889.762-200-1.0062/62100%
15PHI2231265308.5512.054-101-0.2582/82100%
16IND18202184010.9012.11328009.3357/6390%
17WAS2234299218.7913.590000-63/6498%
Totals30443537053498.5212.192561032.44971/99598%

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