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82 Jason Witten TE
Height/Weight: 6-6/261 | Birthdate: 5/6/1982 | Birthplace: Knoxville, TN, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Tennessee | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 59.30
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Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray to miss preseason opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) It appears the Cowboys will not only be without quarterback Tony Romo for Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers, but running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Jason Witten will also be held out, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Though, the absence of Murray and Witten are not expected to be injury related.

If all three players are sidelined, it will be the second straight season the team opted to sit Romo, Witten and Murray in the preseason opener.


Jason Witten hasn't thought about retirement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who turned 32 this month, is entering his 12th season. He told the Dallas Morning News he hasn't thought about retirement once.

"Obviously, I know I probably have less football ahead of me than I do more, but I'm living in that moment," Witten told the paper.

Witten has 879 catches, second among tight ends in NFL history to Tony Gonzalez's 1,325.


Jason Witten not getting replaced by Gavin Escobar yet


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn't expect tight end Jason Witten to lose any playing time to second-year Gavin Escobar in 2014, reports ESPN.

"Witt's a great football player and has been for a long time, a Pro Bowler again last year," Garrett said. "In my opinion, our opinion, the best tight end in football and has been for decades. Witt's certainly going to be a big part of what we do with our offensive football team. But that doesn't mean Gavin can't be more involved."

Witten had 73 catches for 851 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. Escobar had just nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.


Jason Witten thrives with Kyle Orton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten set season highs with 12 catches for 135 yards in the loss to Philadelphia. Backup quarterback Kyle Orton targeted Witten a game-high 16 times.

It was a major turnaround after Witten saw three or fewer targets in three of his previous four games. Witten did have one drop Sunday night.

Witten finishes the year with 73 catches for 851 yards and eight touchdowns. He had three 100-yard games and a pair of two-touchdown performances.


Jason Witten aiming to buck trends Week 17


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton has thrown 15 passes the past two seasons. He's targeted Jason Witten four times, completing each for 48 yards. That's a promising ratio as Dallas prepares to face Philly with Orton instead of Tony Romo.

But several recent indicators are troubling for Witten, who needs one touchdown to tie the career-high nine he scored in 2010. He's drawn an average of four targets over the last month. He's failed to clear 50 yards in seven of his last 10 games. He had two catches for 13 yards last week at Washington.

The Eagles give up the 5th-fewest Fantasy points (5.7 per game) to tight ends, allowing two touchdowns all season. In Week 7 at Philadelphia, Witten caught four passes for 48 scoreless yards.

Witten is still a solid starting option. He's scored four times in the past five weeks. If Orton targets him more often than Romo has recently, Witten should end 2013 on a high note.


Jason Witten catches two balls Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught two passes Week 16 against Washington.

Witten was targeted just twice. He caught both passes for a total of 13 yards. Witten was clearly not a huge part of the team's game plan during the game, and didn't end up playing much of a role. He'll look for a bounce-back Week 17 against the Eagles.


Jason Witten looking at strong matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is looking at a strong matchup Week 16 against Washington.

Washington has struggled to limit tight ends this season, allowing them to average 9.14 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 26 passing touchdowns. Of those 26 touchdowns, 10 have gone to opposing tight ends. The first time the teams met this season, Witten gained just 27 yards. 

Witten has been on a bit of a roll recently. Over the last six touchdowns, Witten has scored five times. Witten also performs well against Washington. Over his career, Witten has scored six touchdowns and accumulated 1087 yards against Washington. He should be a strong play Week 16.


Jason Witten breaks through Sunday for 71 yards and score


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten ended his mini-slump on Sunday, but he couldn't prevent a monumental collapse that cost his team a victory and perhaps a playoff spot.

Witten caught four passes for 71 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown snag over the middle that gave Dallas a 13-3 lead late in the first quarter. He added a 27-yard reception early in the fourth quarter.

The effort was his best since Week 11. He had since caught just 10 passes for 127 yards in four games combined. Witten will attempt to build on his performance next Sunday in Washington.


Jason Witten is sliding, but still a fine Fantasy option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) At a certain point Jason Witten is going to start acting his age. It certainly wasn't 2012, when he set a record for tight ends with 110 receptions.

But perhaps Witten is showing signs of an inevitable decline for the Cowboys. He is having his least productive season since 2006 and has just 10 catches for 127 yards in his last four games combined. He does have three touchdowns during that stretch, but Fantasy owners cannot bank on scores from any pass-catchers outside of the Jimmy Grahams or Calvin Johnsons of the world.

Week 13 opponent Green Bay ranks 19th in the NFL against opposing tight ends and has been porous defensively in general of late. They have yielded 341 or more passing yards in three of the last six games and 45 or more points in two of their last four. That bodes well for Witten, as does the fact that his stronger performances this season have come at home.

Witten remains one of the better tight end options in the league and is an especially favorable play this week. Even a slipping Witten is a superior point scorer than the vast majority of NFL tight ends. He should remain active in all lineups.


Jason Witten hauls in seventh touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught a 10-yard touchdown pass Week 14 at Chicago, giving him seven scores this season. That ties for the second most in Witten's career.

Witten has 51 career touchdown catches, tied for third most in team history.

However, it was Witten's only grab. He had a bad drop among his three targets. Witten plays the Packers in Week 15.


Jason Witten has juicy matchup Week 14


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten heads to Chicago in Week 14 with a chance to break out. The Bears give up the third most receiving yards per game (70.8) to tight ends and rank 22nd in Fantasy points allowed to the position.

Witten is the No. 5 Fantasy tight end but has disappointed lately, catching nine balls for 117 yards and a touchdown over his last three games. He's on pace for 109 targets, which would be his fewest since 2006.

Wiith no receiver stepping up to complement Dez Bryant, Witten remains the No. 2 option in the passing game. Start him with confidence Monday night.


Jason Witten totals three catches, no TDs in Week 13 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was less of a factor in Thursday's 31-24 win vs. Oakland than he was in Week 12 at N.Y. Giants, when he hauled in two touchdowns during a 24-21 win. Witten totaled just three catches for 53 yards Week 13.

Witten's first catch didn't come until the final drive of the first half. He did total two catches for 34 yards on the drive. Unfortunately, Witten would have just one more target in the game, but it ended up as a pretty big play.

On a 3rd-and-6 from the Cowboys' 39-yard line, Witten hauled in a pass short of the first-down marker, but he made two Oakland defenders miss and rumbled for a 19-yard gain. The Cowboys would finish the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run from DeMarco Murray, which put the Cowboys ahead for good.

Witten did have a first-down catch early in the second half, but it was called back due to offensive pass interference on the veteran tight end. Dallas is back in action Week 14 at Chicago.


Jason Witten could have letdown following two-TD game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Fantasy owners probably wish the Cowboys played the Giants every week, especially if tight end Jason Witten is on your roster. Witten has totaled four of his six touchdowns in two games against New York.

Sadly, the Cowboys have to move onto the Raiders in Week 13, following Witten's second multi-touchdown game against the Giants this season in Week 12. Witten followed up his first two-touchdown game this season with three catches for 12 yards the following week. Fantasy owners surely hope Witten performs better Thursday.

Tight ends have had moderate success against Oakland. Tight ends average 48.8 receiving yards and 6.9 Fantasy points per week. Tight ends have totaled six touchdowns in 11 games against the Raiders.

Witten has been inconsistent in 2013. Outside of the four games he's scored in this season, his production in the other seven games hasn't been great. Witten is still a startable Fantasy option, but keeping expectations in check might not be such a bad idea.


Jason Witten scores twice in win over Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten only caught four passes in the defeat of the Giants on Sunday, but was as responsible for the victory as anyone. Two of those snags were for touchdowns, including a 20-yarder in the second quarter that gave his team a 14-3 lead and a 2-yarder early in the fourth that made it 21-6.

It was Witten's second two-touchdown game this season and first since the opener. He will seek to maintain his momentum at home Thursday against Oakland.


WR's return could open up field for Jason Witten, Dez Bryant


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said the return of wide receiver Miles Austin, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, should open up the passing game for him and wide receiver Dez Bryant, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"I think inside this locker room there is a lot of respect for what he has done," Witten said. "He has been banged up. Anytime you have that is disappointing to see a guy like that get banged up cause he does everything the right way. He is everything you want as a teammate. He works hard. He is a great player. Great to get him back out there. He brings a lot of good energy to our team too."


Jason Witten happy to see Giants


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten should be itching for Week 12 at the Giants. In his last two meetings with New York, Witten has caught 26 balls for 237 yards and two touchdowns while being targeted 32 times.

The Giants have gone five straight games without allowing a tight end to score, but for the season they're tied for 18th in defending the position, allowing an average of 7.8 Fantasy points. Witten caught a pair of touchdowns against New York in the opener, and three other tight ends have found the end zone vs. the Giants.

Witten had a bye to think about his Week 10 dud. Look for the No. 8 Fantasy tight end to play like it Sunday and put up TE1 numbers.


Jason Witten held to two catches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was targeted a team-high six times in the loss at New Orleans, but had a bad drop and finished with two catches for 27 yards. It was Witten's second-lowest output this season and the sixth time he's failed to clear 50 yards.

Witten is off Week 11 before visiting the Giants in Week 12.


Might be tough for Jason Witten to repeat Week 9 performance


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has faced his Week 10 opponent -- New Orleans -- six times in his career, but he's never scored a touchdown against the Saints. Will Sunday be the day Witten finally scores against New Orleans?

Well, tight ends haven't performed overly well against New Orleans. Tight ends have totaled two touchdowns in eight games, with none coming in the last four games against the Saints. Tight ends also average 44.5 receiving yards and 5.5 Fantasy points per game, which is the sixth-lowest average.

Witten re-emerged for Fantasy owners in Week 9 after a few disappointing performances. Though, he stepped up against a Minnesota defense that has allowed tight ends to have success in 2013. Witten's other 100-yard performance came against a team -- Denver -- that has also struggled against tight ends, so it might be best to keep expectations in check Week 10.

Witten is still a startable Fantasy option in all formats, but don't be surprised if he takes a step back from his Week 9 performance.


Jason Witten tops 100 yards, scores


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season during Sunday's Week 9 home win over Minnesota. He had just three TDs all of last season. 

Witten led the way for the Cowboys with eight receptions for a game-high 102 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo in the third quarter. Witten was targeted 10 times. 

Witten has bookended 100-yard games with a touchdown over his last five contests. He was underwhelming in the three games in between. Dallas plays at New Orleans Week 10. 


Jason Witten in three-game slump


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten heads into Week 9 against the Vikings hoping to end a three-game slump. It's a good matchup against Minnesota, and hopefully Witten will take advantage of it.

The Vikings have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, and four have scored at least seven Fantasy points with Joseph Fauria, Martellus Bennett, Jordan Cameron and Heath Miller. All of those outings came in the first four games of the season, and since then Minnesota has held Greg Olsen, Brandon Myers and Andrew Quarless to three combined Fantasy points.

Now, obviously Witten is more talented than the last three tight ends the Vikings have faced, but in his past three games he's combined for just seven Fantasy points. He also has just two games with touchdowns this season.

But even with Witten struggling it's difficult to bench him in the majority of leagues. You can go with the hot hand and start someone like Jordan Reed, but otherwise stick with Witten in a plus matchup and hope Tony Romo puts him in enough chances to succeed. He remains a No. 1 Fantasy tight end this week.


Jason Witten held in check


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught two passes for 15 yards in the Week 8 loss at Detroit. He was targeted twice in the game. 

Witten has gone for just nine catches for 90 yards and no scores since making seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown against Denver. The Cowboys play Minnesota Week 9. 


Jason Witten still a solid start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten heads into the Week 8 game at Detroit having caught a touchdown pass in his last game against the Lions. He went for eight catches for 94 yards and a score back in October of 2011.

In fact, Witten has 841 career catches, ranking him second all-time among tight ends. Since 2007, Witten has 589 catches to lead all NFL tight ends.

He has a tough matchup Sunday against a Lions team that hasn't afforded a whole lot of Fantasy points to players at the TE position. They have allowed one tight end to score on them all season. However, that TD came last week as Tyler Eifert scored on the Lions.

Whether or not Witten gets into the end zone, he should still have a reasonably solid game on Sunday in the Motor City. Go ahead and start the veteran as a No. 1 Fantasy option.

Jason Witten manages four catches Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten had a relatively quiet day during a 17-3 win Week 7 at Philadelphia. Witten managed just four catches for 48 yards.

Witten's longest reception went 26 yards. He was targeted six times and was held without a touchdown for a second straight game. The Cowboys are back in action Week 8 at Detroit.


Which Jason Witten can we expect Week 7?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten hasn't scored a touchdown in his last four games against the Eagles. He will look to end that slump Week 7 at Philadelphia.

While wide receivers have thrived against the Eagles' poor secondary, tight ends have had moderate success, even with safety Patrick Chung not being a major factor lately because of a shoulder injury. Tight ends haven't scored in six games against Philadephia, while averaging 64.8 receiving yards and 5.7 Fantasy points, which is tied for the seventh-lowest average.

Witten has totaled 109 catches for 1,233 yards and seven touchdowns in 19 career games against the Eagles. The yards are the most Witten has against one opponent and the catches are tied for the most against a single opponent.

Witten has had a few good games in 2013, but he's been more unreliable than a steady option. Witten is still a startable Fantasy option every week because of his rapport with quarterback Tony Romo and the potential to put up big numbers. Though, this week might be a time to temper expectations.


Jason Witten held in check in Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2013) Cowboys tight end Jason Witten failed to make much of an impact during Sunday night's win over the Redskins in Week 6.

Witten, who scored a touchdown and cracked the century mark last week against Denver, took a step back as he caught only three of the five passes thrown in his direction. He finished with 27 receiving yards in a 31-16 victory.

Witten has 31 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns on 48 targets through six games. He will look for a bounce back performance in Week 7 at Philadelphia.