|What to watch for: RB Ladell Betts(notes) was the story for the WAS offense in Week 10, filling in for injured RB Clinton Portis(notes) with 26 carries, 114 rushing yards and a TD. Expect the sequel to flop in Dallas, however. The Cowboys have been excellent in rush defense, allowing just one rushing TD (to Michael Turner) since Week 1. In fact, other than the score, the Cowboys did a great job on Turner (18 carries, 50 yards). Last week, GB RB Ryan Grant(notes) rushed for 79 yards against DAL, which was the most it has allowed to a RB since Week 1. It's only his ability as a receiver out of the backfield that has me casting Betts in a yellow light this week. QB Jason Campbell(notes) has averaged 290 passing yards and has thrown 4 TD passes in his two career contests at Dallas. And he's actually played alright from a fantasy perspective in his past three games. He's finished with a QB rating north of 90 in each of those contests and has averages of 224 passing yards, 21 rushing yards and 1.3 TD passes in that span. Campbell also gets the yellow designation. WR Santana Moss(notes) has made a career out of torching the Cowboys in Big D. In his four contests in his career that he's had to travel to Dallas, he's averaged 6.5 catches, 123.5 receiving yards and has scored 3 TDs. The history card is one of the most overrated tools of fantasy advice, but it's really tempting to roll with a player that has enjoyed that much success, especially against a defense allowing the 8th-most FAN PPG to WRs. The fear, though, would be Dallas employing the bracket coverage that it used to stymie CAR WR Steve Smith earlier this year. The potential for something like that has me feeling more chartreuse about Moss than a full-blown green – which is why he's flying under the caution flag below. You simply can't start another WAS WR. And, while DAL has been middle of the road against TEs from a fantasy perspective, it has faced a slew of quality TEs. TE Fred Davis(notes) is not in my top 15 TEs for Week 11. |
DAL ranks 2nd in the league with 5.1 YPC on offense. That could be very problematic for a WAS defense that could very well be without DT Albert Haynesworth(notes) (ankle) this Sunday. Sans the league's premier run stuffer, expect DAL to pound away between the tackles, assuming RB Marion Barber's(notes) sore thumb doesn't give him issues like it did last week. The injury and game plan in Week 10 afforded Barber just 5 carries, and he's just No. 43 among RBs in FAN PPG over the past five weeks, so regardless of Haynesworth's status, don't go thinking Barber is a slam dunk. That the Cowboys backfield ranks just 14th in FAN PPG despite it's per carry success is beyond me. It's a shame that such fertile real estate is a muddled mess. QB Tony Romo(notes) is averaging 297 passing yards and has thrown 7 TD passes the past two times he's faced WAS at home. He's riding a seven-game streak in which he's thrown for at least 250 passing yards, and he has an 8:2 TD-to-INT ratio in his past four contests. That said, WAS has been brutal on QBs in fantasy (only the Jets have been tougher) and, while I think Romo will perform much better than the average QB has against the 'Skins this season, I have Romo down towards the bottom of my startable QBs for Week 12. In Week 10, WR Miles Austin(notes) finally touched terra firma (4/20/0) after a gradual descent from his 10/250/2 performance at KC in Week 5. In fact, in the past 3 games, WR Roy Williams has been the better fantasy player. Considering the matchup, I've got a yellow-colored view of both players – willing to concede that one of them could do well, but also confident that one will leave you wanting. Frankly, I don't own either player, and this is a week where I'm thankful of that. TE Jason Witten(notes) has just 4 red zone targets this season and ranks just 14th among TE in FAN PPG. He's never been a great red zone TE, and the matchup is also tough for him this week. It is fine to roll him out there this week, but purge any lingering thoughts that he's a weekly "must" play. He's far from it at this point.