Phillip Tanner Fantasy News

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9:46am

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Dallas rookie RB Joseph Randle would get the first crack at the full-time job for however long DeMarco Murray misses.

Randle had just 17 yards on 11 carries against the Redskins, but HC Jason Garrett will not condemn the numbers because of how Washington was selling out to stop the run late in the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Many feel Lance Dunbar would normally get the start with no Murray in the lineup, but Dunbar has a hamstring injury and has yet to run since getting hurt in the Denver game. Dunbar is not expected to play this week. Phillip Tanner is the only other back on the 53-man roster. We've seen reports that Murray will be out and others that said he's still questionable, so it's a situation to monitor. If you're a Murray owner, Randle is the RB to pick up if you're in a bind and it's an attractive matchup against the Eagles defense. This week's game is an early start, so we'll know Murray's status in advance.


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Beat: DeMarco Murray most likely out Week 7
Monday, October 14, 2013, 3:44pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

According to a source, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray will most likely be unable to play against the Eagles because of injuries suffered in the team's 31-16 win Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

At 3-3, Dallas and Philadelphia share the lead in the NFC East.

Fantasy Impact:

Lance Dunbar is battling a hamstring issue and didn't play last week and would normally be the RB2. If Dunbar can't go again this week, the Cowboys would turn to rookie Joseph Randle, who had 11 carries for 17 yards and a touchdown against Washington, and Phillip Tanner, who had one carry for 2 yards. It's still a pretty good matchup against the Eagles defense that's starting to show signs of improvement.

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Monday, July 22, 2013, 2:08pm

Todd Archer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle on practice field for first time. Missed offseason with thumb injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle will compete with Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to back up DeMarco Murray.

Friday, June 21, 2013, 6:14pm

Fort-Worth Star Telegram - [Full Article]

Dallas running back Phillip Tanner looked quicker and more explosive in the spring practices.

Tanner, a former Dallas Kimball standout, played his way onto the roster in 2011 as an undrafted player out of Middle Tennessee State. But in the last half of 2012, the Cowboys used him less and less as Lance Dunbar emerged, and it looked like Tanner was falling out of favor.

When the Cowboys drafted another running back, Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle, and signed an undrafted back, Kendial Lawrence of Missouri, it only added to the perception.

Tanner said he put all that out of his mind.

“Coming in and working hard every day, working with the offensive line and jelling with my team is the big thing,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle will likely back up DeMarco Murray this season leaving Tanner and Dunbar to battle for the RB3 spot in camp.

Monday, June 17, 2013, 2:05pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Cowboy RB Joseph Randle has not taken a snap because of thumb surgery but should be ready to go for the opening of training camp. He has done everything the athletic training staff has asked, and running backs coach Gary Brown has liked how attentive Randle has been on the practice field even if he can't carry the ball.

The Cowboys believe he can be a full-time back if something happened to RB DeMarco Murray, but he was a fifth-round pick. Randle will have to show he can beat out Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to do the job. Getting a late start doing that isn't a positive.

Dez Bryant active for Cowboys
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:21pm

Cowboys Inactives
G David Arkin
CB Morris Claiborne
OL Kevin Kowalski
S Charlie Peprah
DT Jay Ratliff
RB Phillip Tanner
T Darrion Weems

Fantasy Impact:

Dez Bryant will give it a go today with his broken finger in a splint. It remains to be seen how Bryant will fare with the splint, but only Calvin Johnson has been hotter down the stretch.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 7:04pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot, doubtful) won't return this week. Cowboys RB Felix Jones (knee, questionable) is questionable with a knee issue. If Felix can't go, Lance Dunbar would get the start and be a desperation flex play option with Phillip Tanner working behind him.

Felix Jones questionable for Thursday
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 2:48pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Running back Felix Jones didn't practice on Tuesday and his status for working with the rest of his Cowboys' teammates is uncertain for today.

Jones has a knee issue which is concerning for the Cowboys. He's played and practiced through numerous ailments during the season but with a short week there could be an issue about him playing Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Redskins.

If Jones doesn't play or is limited in what he can do, Lance Dunbar, who has moved up the depth chart with the absence of DeMarco Murray (foot), might get his first NFL start.

Fantasy Impact:

Phillip Tanner will also be in the mix, but Dunbar has been the primary backup to Jones, so he figures to get most of the work if Felix can't play.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6:13pm

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Cowboys running back Felix Jones (knee) missed practice on Tuesday and if he's unable to play Thursday against the Washington Redskins, Lance Dunbar or Phillip Tanner will take over. Both players share first-team reps in practice.

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Monday, November 5, 2012, 9:29am

ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

For a few plays, the Cowboys looked like they had a legitimate running game against the Falcons.

Felix Jones busted a 15-yard run on the first snap of the second half and followed it with a 6-yard gain. Lance Dunbar ripped off an 18-yard run the next snap. The Cowboys' other 15 carries gained a grand total of 26 yards. That's not nearly good enough.

The Cowboys once again didn't get much push up front, with the interior offensive line particularly struggling. Phillip Tanner, who was jumped on the depth chart by Dunbar, was stuffed on fourth-and-short on his only carry. No wonder Jason Garrett lacks confidence in the running game.

Dez Bryant active for Sunday Night Football
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 7:21pm

Cowboys Inactives
RB DeMarco Murray
WR Andre Holmes
C Phil Costa
DE Sean Lissemore
LB Dan Connor
S Charlie Peprah
S Matt Johnson

Fantasy Impact:

Dez Bryant is active, but is a risky start after missing practice all week. The upside here is that it's his birthday. Kevin Ogletree is also active. Felix Jones & Phillip Tanner will handle RB duties with Murray out.