Cowboys' Terrance Williams: Four catches in Thursday's loss
Terrance Williams caught four passes on six targets for 38 yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
While the poor performance was bad enough, Williams' value going forward takes a further hit due to Tony Romo re-injuring his clavicle and potentially being lost for the season. The third-year receiver had little success while Matt Cassel was under center while Romo was initially on IR, and if the veteran QB takes over again Williams could be in for a quiet finish to a disappointing year.
Panthers' Jerricho Cotchery: Hauls in five passes for 73 yards
Jerricho Cotchery caught 5-of-6 targets for 73 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
The Carolina Panthers used a conservative game plan on offense and didn't take many chances downfield, which allowed Cotchery to enjoy plenty of volume on the intermediate routes. He fell two yards short of the end zone on a 12-yard reception late in the second quarter to deprive his fantasy owners of a touchdown, but those in deeper leagues who may have been forced to start Cotchery still have to be happy that he delivered his second-highest yardage output of the season.
Panthers' Mike Tolbert: Picks up four carries in Week 12
Mike Tolbert saw four carries and gained 16 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
The Carolina Panthers found themselves in two goal-line scenarios during the game, but Tolbert's number wasn't called on either occasion. Instead, Tolbert ended up seeing all of his carries when the Panthers were holding a double-digit lead, as coach Ron Rivera decided to go with a heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton on the ground when the game was still competitive. Tolbert hasn't recorded more than seven carries in a game this season and can't be counted on to return value in any given week when he doesn't receive a goal-line opportunity.
Cowboys' Dez Bryant: Kept under wraps in Thursday's loss
Dez Bryant (foot/knee) caught two passes on eight targets for 26 yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
He had a shot at a garbage-time TD that would have salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective, but Josh Norman disrupted Bryant just enough to cause the incompletion. Tony Romo was also re-injured in the game and could be lost for the remainder of the year, casting a further shadow over Bryant's value down the stretch of what has been an extremely disappointing season.
Cowboys' Cole Beasley: Six catches and a TD in Thursday's loss
Cole Beasley caught six passes on seven targets for 44 yards and the Dallas Cowboys ' only touchdown in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
The garbage-time TD was his third of the season. Tony Romo re-injured his clavicle in the game, and Beasley ended up catching his touchdown pass from Matt Cassel, the same QB who helped him rack up 112 yards and two scores in Week 9 against the Eagles. If Cassel remains in the starting role, Beasley could see a bump in value, but the Cowboys could also elect to give Kellen Moore a chance as they begin to look ahead to 2016.
Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Held in check Sunday
The receptions salvaged some of his value in PPR leagues, but otherwise it was a disappointing performance for McFadden. Tony Romo was re-injured in the game and could be lost for the rest of the season, so McFadden could begin to lose touches to Robert Turbin and other, younger backs as the
Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: Fails to see a carry Thursday
Fozzy Whittaker didn't see a touch in the running game in Thursday's 33-14 win over the Cowboys.
Though Whittaker was one of two running backs active for Thursday's game, coach Ron Rivera's continued reliance on starter Jonathan Stewart (21 carries), and to a lesser degree, quarterback Cam Newton (12 carries) and fullback Mike Tolbert (four carries) left no room for Whittaker to make an impact. He has yet to see more than two carries in any game this season and figures to play a limited role the rest of the way, barring an injury to Stewart.
Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Goes for 77 total yards Thursday
Jonathan Stewart amassed 68 yards on 21 carries and reeled in three catches for nine yards in Thursday's 33-14 win over the Cowboys.
Stewart's volume in the running game has been about as it consistent as it gets in the league, as he finished with between 20 and 24 carries for the seventh consecutive week. However, his 3.2 yards per carry went down as his second-lowest mark of the season, and he was denied a touchdown in both of the Carolina Panthers ' red zone opportunities. While Thursday's effort was a rather pedestrian one by Stewart's standards, he's still a weekly must-play in just about any league due to his steady workload.
Cowboys' Matt Cassel: Takes over for injured Tony Romo in Sunday's loss
The score, to Cole Beasley, was the
Panthers' Cam Newton: Runs for TD, throws for 183 yards in win
Cam Newton completed 16-of-27 passes for 183 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in Thursday's 33-14 rout of the Cowboys, but did score on the ground as part of a 12-carry, 45-yard effort.
It's the first game all season in which Newton didn't throw for a touchdown, but the quarterback did well to help the Carolina Panthers ' offense string together 18 first downs to dominate the time of possession. He still managed to come through with a rushing touchdown and compiled his fourth-highest yardage total of the season on the ground. Although Newton's collective production as a passer and runner was a little light compared to most weeks, fantasy owners are likely to excuse him after he tossed a career-high five touchdowns against Washington just four days earlier.
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