News: The Cowboys placed defensive back Orlando Scandrick on IR on Saturday, reports ESPN. Scandrick has a hand injury. The team called up NT Rob Callaway from the practice squad to take his place on the roster.
Analysis: Scandrick had 21 tackles in 11 games this season before undergoing surgery on his hand at the end of November. He has no value remaining in Fantasy IDP formats.
News: Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick underwent surgery on his hand Friday and there is no timetable for his return. He suffered a spiral fracture in his left hand during the second quarter of Week 12 against the Redskins.
Analysis: Scandrick has 21 tackles in 11 games this season but has yet to pick off a pass. Since he didn't have much Fantasy value to begin with, continue to ignore the 25-year-old in all IDP formats going forward.
News: Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick led the team in tackles in Week 15 against Tampa Bay, and he added his second sack of the season in the Cowboys 31-15 victory.
Analysis: Scandrick has stepped up his play in recent weeks, as he has 22 tackles, two sacks and an interception in his last five games. Despite that, he doesnt have the type of track record to make him anything more than a low-end Fantasy IDP option.
News: Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick recorded seven tackles and a sack during the Cowboys' 20-19 victory over Miami in Week 12 on Thursday. Scandrick notched his first sack of the season on Dolphins QB Matt Moore as he finished one tackle shy of the team lead (Anthony Spencer).
Analysis: Scandrick has registered several season firsts recently as he collected his first interception at Washington in Week 11. His totals aren't expected to improve drastically, and he should continue to be viewed as a marginal Fantasy option in IDP formats.
News: Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick recorded an interception of Washington QB Rex Grossman during the Week 11 overtime win for the Cowboys. Scandrick added one tackle in the performance. The INT was the first of his season.
Analysis: Scandrick has 23 tackles on the season in seven games for the Cowboys. He has low-end Fantasy value at this time.
News: Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick made a season-high seven tackles in Week 9 against the Seahawks. He also led the team in tackles on the afternoon.
Analysis: Though Scandrick had one of Dallas' best defensive performances in Week 9, he still does not have very good Fantasy numbers overall. He can be avoided in practically all IDP formats.
News: The Dallas Morning News reports that Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick declared on Tuesday that he will return against New England in Week 6 after his team's bye in Week 5. Scandrick missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain. "I'll practice sometime next week and I am going to play,'' Scandrick said. "I've seen a doctor and he said if we had a game this week, I would play.''
Analysis: The Cowboys cornerback suffered the injury in the first half of the opener against the New York Jets and hasn't played since. He will be charged with covering Wes Welker, the league's best slot receiver, in his first game back and will get plenty of passes thrown his way. He remains a very low-end play in IDP formats, however.
News: Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick left the game against the Jets in Week 1 due to an ankle injury.
Analysis: Scandrick could be seen in a walking boot on the sideline but hopefully this injury will not keep him out long. Keep an eye on his status going forward. But since he is not a top Fantasy option, continue to ignore Scandrick in all IDP formats.
News: The Cowboys rewarded CB Orlando Scandrick on Wednesday, signing him to a five-year extension worth $27 million - an additional $2 million this season, and an average of $5 million per season for the added years. He's guaranteed $10 million, according to a person familiar with negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not released. Scandrick has played significantly in each of his first three seasons, seeing playing time in all 48 regular season games in the span.
Analysis: Scandrick has not been very impressive by the numbers, but he has been very valuable to the Dallas defense while Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins have struggled and/or dealt with injury since 2008. He has started each game in the preseason as the two deal with injury yet again, and the team wants to have him available for the next five years just in case an aging Newman (32 years-old) moves on or is deemed expendable soon. Scandrick should again see plenty of playing time in 2011, but he does not get involved in the turnover game enough to warrant much Fantasy value. Ignore him on Draft Day for now.
News: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick will have surgery Tuesday on his left index finger, which he had repaired in the summer after he suffered a broken finger during OTAs. Scandrick came back for training camp and played all season wearing a splint. He finished with 46 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and one interception in 16 games.
Analysis: Scandrick is not a starter for the Cowboys, but he plays enough to get on the stat sheet. Still, his numbers aren't that impressive from a Fantasy standpoint. He will have marginal Fantasy appeal on Draft Day 2011.
News: Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick recorded a sack for his second consecutive game in the Week 15 win over Washington. Scandrick, who now has 2 1/2 sacks on the year, finished the game with three tackles. He also successfully defended a pass in the game.
Analysis: Scandrick has sacks in back-to-back games and that definitely makes him an intriguing defensive back. Still, he doesn't really pick up enough tackles to matter outside the deepest of IDP formats.
News: Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick registered his first full sack of the season in the Week 14 game against the Eagles. He lined-up in the slot and blitzed QB Michael Vick, taking him down without the QB realizing he was there. The DB added six solo tackles on the night.
Analysis: Scandrick has been active in the Cowboys secondary lately, intecepting a pass last week and now sacking the QB on Sunday night. He has been baiting QBs in the slot all season and should be viewed as a Fantasy sleeper moving forward.
News: Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Week 13 at Indianapolis, but he later left with a concussion and didn't return. He finished with one assisted tackle.
Analysis: The interception was Scandrick's first of the season. He's normally a reserve and rarely gets the opportunity to contribute anything statistically. You can leave him on waivers in Fantasy IDP leagues, especially now that he's hurt.
News: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick registered two solo and two assisted tackles in the Week 9 loss to the Packers. He added 1/2 a sack when he and Alan Ball blitzed Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter. The Cowboys committed four turnovers to Green Bay's zero. That was a huge difference in the game. "(QB Aaron) Rodgers took care of the ball and we didn't force any turnovers," Scandrick said. "It was a terrible outcome for us."
Analysis: Scandrick remains the nickel option for the Cowboys but he sees plenty of action since the defense is having trouble slowing offenses down. Still, he has minimal Fantasy value.
News: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, who suffered a broken finger this summer in OTA practices, on dealing with pain and extra tape on his left index finger under his gloves: "It's still painful, but I cant worry about it. I have to keep practicing through it."
Analysis: Scandrick has appeared in 32 games the last two seasons for the Cowboys. He had a career-high 51 tackles in 2009. He has the chance to make the Dallas' roster as a backup corner or nickelback, but since he likely won't rack up great stats -- healthy or not -- he has minimal Fantasy appeal.
News: Third-year CB Orlando Scandrick is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery on a broken left finger. A pin was inserted to facilitate the healing. Scandrick is expected to be at full strength by the start of training camp on July 24.
Analysis: Scandrick is a longshot to start for the Cowboys and is more of a nickelback or reserve player. You can find better DBs for Fantasy use.
News: In the Cowboys' Week 16 win at the Redskins, these defenders not only amassed big stats but also helped the team pitch a shutout: LB Bradie James (12 solo tackles), DB Orlando Scandrick (four solo tackles, forced fumble), CB Terence Newman (solo tackle, interception) LB Anthony Spencer (five total tackles, half sack), DL Jay Ratliff (three total tackles, two sacks) and DL Igor Olshansky (three total tackles, half sack).
Analysis: The Cowboys find themselves in a meaningful Week 17 game against the Eagles at home -- the winner will be the NFC East division winner and land a home game in the playoffs (potentially against the loser of the game). James, Newman, Spencer and Ratliff should be considered for Fantasy use in that matchup.
News: Cowboys LB Keith Brooking (eight tackles), DB Orlando Scandrick (seven tackles), LB Bradie James (six tackles) and DB Mike Jenkins (interception) all made nice contributions in a Week 15 win at New Orleans.
Analysis: Brooking and James are worth using in deeper IDP leagues, while Jenkins and Scandrick have little to no Fantasy value. Only start Brookin and James in Week 16 at Washington.
News: Dallas LB Keith Brooking had a solid game Sunday against Seattle with 11 tackles and a sack. He got help from Terence Newman (seven tackles and a forced fumble), Bradie James (nine tackles and a forced fumble), Bobby Carpenter (four tackles and a sack), DeMarcus Ware (two tackles and a sack), Orlando Scandrick (one tackle and a fumble recovery) and Victor Butler (two tackles and a fumble recovery).
Analysis: The Cowboys have a tough matchup in Week 9 against the Eagles, so the Dallas defensive players likely won't have as good a performance as they did vs. the Seahawks. Still, start your usual regulars since the Cowboys are playing at a high level the past three games.
News: The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins won't play in Thursday's preseason opener against Oakland but said he feels good and will return to practice next week. Jenkins sprained his right ankle Saturday morning and has missed the last five practices. He's not concerned that the time out will negatively impact his competition with Orlando Scandrick for the starting job at right corner. "I have a bone spur in my ankle that's growing inside my ligament," Jenkins said Monday. "I messed my other ankle up the other day. I'm just glad it wasn't worse than what it was. It could've been way worse."
Analysis: Jenkins, a first-round pick last year, started three games as a rookie. He has only very minimal value in IDP leagues and should not be drafted in Fantasy play. This could give Scandrick the opportunity to move ahead of Jenkins if he plays well.
News: Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick dropped Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for a 9-yard sack Week 14. It was his only tackle in the game.
Analysis: Scandrick is a nickelback for the Cowboys and is not always on the field. Scandrick doesn't do enough on a weekly basis to be considered in Fantasy leagues.
News: The Cowboys DST had seven sacks against Seattle on Thursday in a 34-9 win. DeMarcus Ware had three sacks before leaving with a sprained knee, Bradie James has two sacks and Tank Johnson and Greg Ellis each recorded one. Terrence Newman also had an interception, and Anthony Henry recovered a fumble. Isaiah Stanback had one kickoff return for 58 yards, and Orlando Scandrick had one kickoff return for 25 yards.
Analysis: The Cowboys DST stepped up as expected. Keep an eye on Ware's knee injury and hope he is OK, and the Cowboys have a tough matchup in Week 14 at Pittsburgh. They won't play at this level next week, so consider them a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Cornerback Orlando Scandrick signed a four-year contract with Dallas on Wednesday, becoming the first of the Cowboys' draft picks to sign a contract. Scandrick, a fifth-round pick from Boise State, got a four-year deal worth about $1.85 million with a signing bonus of about $185,000.
Analysis: Scandrick will find playing time hard to come by as a rookie, so don't count on him for much in 2008. He's worth a late-round pick in the deepest of IDP rookie drafts this summer.