In early August, I broke down the 2012 fantasy football season, Dallas Cowboys edition. Four weeks in, let’s take a look at what our Cowboys look like from a fantasy perspective.
Disclaimer: fantasy football statistics can be found at CBS Sports
Tony Romo is the 23rd best fantasy NFL quarterback with 56 fantasy points. Looking at total yards, Romo is the 8th best with 1,148. He has thrown 5 touchdowns, but what is hurting him, fantasy-wise is his 8 interceptions. To date, his passer rating is 78.5. Puts him at #29 overall. From a fantasy football team owner’s perspective, this isn’t good. He needs to play better to be a consistent starter, even in fantasy leagues.
Kyle Orton, while not a factor at this point, has the 2nd best passer rating at 137.1. Of course this is deceiving and not to be used when you need a quarterback. As I said in the first edition, don’t even waste your time unless Romo is hurt.
DeMarco Murray is the 20th best running back based on his 37 fantasy points. His 237 yards to date lists him as the 17th best back. He has 1 touchdown, averages 3.9 per carry, and is the 7th best based on 114 receiving yards.
Felix Jones is the 78th best running back based on his 5 fantasy points. His 13 yards rank him as the 86th highest ranked back. He’s got a fumble too, which is why he remains on the free agent board.
Miles Austin is the 9th best wide receiver based on 46 fantasy points. He’s the 17th highest ranked receiver with 300 yards and he’s tied for 2nd place with 3 touchdowns.
Kevin Ogletree ranks as the 32nd best wide receiver based on 32 fantasy points, the 36th receiver due to 221 yards, and 2 touchdowns, which puts him tied for 3rd place.
Dez Bryant, the biggest bust so far, is the 42nd best wide receiver based on 27 fantasy points. He is better when it comes to yards, at #24 with 269, but he has zero touchdowns to date. Bryant needs to come back from the bye with a new mission.
Jason Witten is the 15th best tight end based on 23 fantasy points. He’s the 13th highest with 188 yards, and a touchdown. James Hann and John Phillips aren’t worth mentioning when it comes to fantasy football.
The most consistent, reliable player on the Cowboy roster is none other than Dan Bailey. He is 100%, both on field goal attempts and extra points; however, he is the 29th ranked kicker because his offensive co-horts cannot get him near enough to the goal. If there was a kicker rating, Bailey would be #1.
And last, but certainly, not least, the Dallas Cowboys defense. This unit is ranked 20th based on 45 fantasy points. But in reality, they are much better than their fantasy life.
- 9 sacks – #16
- 171 tackles – #28
- 3 defensive fumble recoveries – tied for #4
- 678 – Passing yards allowed – #2
- 432 – Rushing yards allowed – #18
- 1,110 – Total yards allowed – #6
- 1 interception
That ends the week five, Cowboys are on a bye this weekend, so no statistics will be accumulated. I’ll let you decide what to do with your fantasy team. As for me, I had to drop Bailey; I’ll regret that in week six.