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NFL Preview – Dallas Cowboys
Daily Fantasy Sports managers, be prepared for some Real Money Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. So read up and make your selections in One Day Cash Drafts, starting September 10th.
The Dallas Cowboys are entering this season with a lot of expectations. The number 1 team in NFC East last year will try to prove they are still America’s team this year.
Cash Draft Offensive analysis
QB Tony Romo is one of those guys that you don’t think about when Fantasy Football season comes around. He’s not at the same level than elite quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, but still produces solid numbers. He came up with 304 pass completions for 3705 yards and 34 touchdown, while throwing 9 interceptions last year. The 35 years-old will keep putting up strong numbers with this first-rate offensive squad.
Last season, RB DeMarco Murray broke all of the Cowboys record and is one the best running backs in the league. Now, the Cowboys finds themselves without DeMarco, who left for Philadelphia, and have no all-star replacement. They will leave the work to 2014 backup Joseph Randle and newly signed veteran Darren McFadden. It’s still unknown who will get the number 1 spot.
It’s not that RB Joseph Randle is not good, he just doesn’t have the same pedigree as Murray. The new Cowboys running back finished last year with 343 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. His single-season 6.7 rushing average ranks him in 3rd place all-time. With the best run blocking line in football, it’s not about if he can be good carrying the ball. It’s about how good he can be carrying the ball.
RB Darren McFadden’s game never reached his true expectations. Back in 2011, he led the league in rushing yards through week 7. But an injury he suffered at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs has left a scar on his career. He has collected 534 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, last year. He also had 212 yards through the air. He may have a bit of gas left in the tank to give to the Cowboys, but the injury risk will always be an issue for the rest of his career.
WR Dez Bryant keeps getting better every year. He topped last year’s list of most receiving touchdown in 2014 with 16. He caught the football 88 times for 1320 yards, during that season. The 26 years-old is once again a candidate to be fantasy football’s top wideout. With no more DeMarco Murray in Dallas, Bryant becomes the focus of the attack and should be an obvious option for the number 1 receiver in your fantasy team.
While Dez Bryant will be caught in the eyes of most defenders this year. WR Terrance Williams will need to improve his game and become another weapon in the Cowboys arsenal. He had 37 receptions for 621 yards and 8 touchdowns, last season. He could be a sleeper pick in a lot of daily fantasy leagues this year.
10 time pro bowler, TE Jason Witten, will once again be a top-10 fantasy pick at 33 years-old. He gathered 64 reception for 703 yards and 5 touchdowns last year. Witten seems in line to repeat those numbers once again.
Cash Draft Defensive analysis
The Cowboys totaled 28 sacks last season. This needed to be address this offseason, and they did it by acquiring DE Greg Hardy through free agency. He played in the first game of the 2014 season before being suspended for the rest of the year due to domestic violence. He accumulated 15 sacks back in 2013. He will miss the first 4 games of the season to complete his suspension.
LB Sean Lee has missed 34 games because of injury, in his five-year career. He missed all of last season due to a tear of the ACL in his left knee. He had 99 combined tackle in 11 start back in 2013. The Penn State alum will be shifting from middle linebacker to weak side linebacker to reduce the risk of injury.
It’s been hard for the Cowboys to find a good cornerback in the past few years. So they’ve selected one in the first-round in this year draft. The selection, CB Byron Jones, recorded 223 combined tackles 8 interception and 2 touchdown with UCONN. He missed most of his senior year because of a shoulder injury.
Dallas will start the season against some really good offensive teams. With a couple of key players out because of injury or suspension, it’s doubtful that they will bring success to your DFS leagues early on. All the changes made this offseason in defense is a step in the right direction.
Fantasy Football Outlook
The Dallas Cowboys had an unexpected playoff run last season. They have patched up a few problems from last year in defense, but the loss of DeMarco Murray in the back field raises questions in the offense.