|Week 3 (@STL) - Average||5.0||69.0||0||0||0||0||6|
|Week 3 (@STL) - Dave Richard||5||66||0||0||0||0||6|
|Week 3 (@STL) - Jamey Eisenberg||5||72||0||0||0||0||7|
|2014 Season - Average||80.5||897.5||6.5||0||0||0||121|
|2014 Season - Dave Richard||78||873||7||0||0||0||121|
|2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||83||922||6||0||0||0||120|
|Current Player Ranking: 6|
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|09/22/2014||Jason Witten, TE DAL|
Kendall Wright, WR TEN
Eddie Lacy, RB GB
James Starks, RB GB
|Trent Richardson, RB IND|
DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU
Rob Gronkowski, TE NE
C.J. Spiller, RB BUF
|09/22/2014||Colin Kaepernick, QB SF||Jason Witten, TE DAL|
Joe Flacco, QB BAL
|09/22/2014||Jason Witten, TE DAL||Eric Decker, WR NYJ|
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|Jason Witten transitioning to blocking tight end |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(9/22/14) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has totaled just 10 catches for 95 yards and no touchdowns through three games. It's unusual to see such low production from one of the most successful pass-catching tight ends in NFL history.
Though, Witten's poor receiving numbers seems to be related to Dallas moving to a run-first offense in 2014.
"You’ve heard me say this many times, he’s the most complete tight end in football and has been for the last 10 years," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday, per The Dallas Morning News. "He’s willing to block from the line of scrimmage, in the backfield, run any kind of route you ask him to run, do anything you ask him to do. It’s all for the team, all as well as he can do it. He’s a great example for the rest of us."
Witten has been on the field for 210 plays and has stayed in to block on 115 of those plays.
"I think we’re committed to running the football," Witten said after Sunday’s 34-31 win in St. Louis. "I think everybody is waiting for that to break and it’s not. There is a complete commitment to running the football and continuing to run the football."
|Jason Witten catches four balls in Week 3 win vs. Rams |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/21/14) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught four of his five targets for 49 yards in his team's 34-31 win over the Rams in Week 3.
Witten has endured an inauspicious start to the season, catching six passes for just 46 yards over the first two weeks of the season, but he was able to set a season-high in receiving yardage despite receiving few targets than he saw in either of the team's first two games. Witten was held under 50 yards in nine of his 16 games last season and has failed to reach that level once in 2014. He'll look for a breakout line in Week 4 against the Saints.
|Week 3 bust alert: Jason Witten |
|by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(9/18/14) Jason Witten has been the lone member of the Dallas passing game to not do anything thus far this season.
Terrance Williams scored a touchdown in Week 1 and last week Dez Bryant found the end zone. Witten, meanwhile, has six catches for 46 yards on 13 targets.
He has a tough matchup this week against the Rams, who held Witten in check last year with five catches for 67 yards on six targets. St. Louis has only allowed three tight ends to reach double digits in Fantasy points in the past 34 games, so we're not expecting a Witten breakout performance this week.
He is a good buy-low candidate though since he still has plenty of chances to play at a high level this season.
For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
|Jason Witten turns in another disappointing game |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(9/14/14) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was once again one of the team's top-targeted players Week 2 at Tennessee. But like Week 1, the veteran tight end had a disappointing performance.
Witten was targeted seven times Sunday, which was the second-most behind Dez Bryant's 14 targets. While Bryant finished with 10 catches for 103 yards and one touchdown, Witten had four catches for 32 yards and no touchdowns. His longest catch went 15 yards.
Witten had just two catches for 14 yards Week 1, despite six targets. The Cowboys are back in action Week 2 at Tennessee.
|Cowboys trying to find ways to help QB not make risky throws |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(9/9/14) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo tried on two occasions during a Week 1 loss against the 49ers to force the football to wide receiver Dez Bryant despite being covered by multiple defenders. Both times Romo threw interceptions.
"I think it’s pretty clear -- you don’t force the ball to people," head coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN. "Dez is a great player, but [Jason Witten is] a great player too. Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Devin Street, Dwayne Harris, all those guys are really, really good football players, who, if given an opportunity, are going to come through for us. Tony understands that. Tony’s typically struck a really nice balance about trying to give these guys a chance and understanding how to read things out and throwing the ball to the right guy."
As one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, defenses will pay extra attention to Bryant on a weekly basis. Garrett said it will be up to the coaching staff to find ways to get the football to Bryant without having Romo make risky throws.
"It’s what happens every week in the NFL," Garrett said. "Dez Bryant, if you look at his whole body of work throughout his career, he’s gotten doubled throughout most games every game he’s every play. The same thing with Jason Witten. These guys are really good players. Week in and week out they find ways, we’ve tried to find ways to give them opportunities."
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Jason Witten catches four balls in Week 3 win vs. Rams
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Week 3 Fantasy Cheat Sheet
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|Jason Witten doesn't excite you. He's usually one of the last top-end tight ends you settle for on Draft Day. But at the end of the season, Witten is usually right at the top. This is Witten's 12th year in the NFL, and he's been a Top 12 Fantasy tight end for the past 10 seasons, including a Top 6 option each of the past four years. The stats don't blow you away -- he had 73 catches, 851 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013 -- but his consistency is hard to overlook. Tony Romo will continue to look for Witten, who was No. 5 in targets last year with 111, and you know what you're getting with him. The top of the tight end group is pretty solidified with Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis. After that, Witten is right there and worth drafting in Round 5 in most formats. At some point he'll slow down, and he's 32 this season, but he remains worth drafting as a No. 1 tight end again this year.
(Updated 5/29/14) |