To kick off this week's fantasy football discussions, let's open up what should be a fun discussion over the rankings of individual Cowboys players. Power rankings are fun wastes of time, but why should they be limited to the teams of the NFL? Some players are performing better than others at doing their respective jobs. Some steady contributors might be trending in one direction or the other, despite their normal level of excellence. Let's take a look at this week's top five.
Opinions expressed here are mine alone, and do not represent the thoughts of Blogging The Boys, SB Nation or any one else that differs. This isn't a list of who is the best Cowboys player, though that is part of the discussion. It's who is playing the best at the moment, mixed with future forecasts, mixed with their playing history. Feel free to add your commentary to the discussion.
Follow the jump for the entire Top 20 with player notes, plus a lead-in to our Fantasy Football discussion.
PFF Cumulative = Pro Football Focus' cumulative scores from all snaps in 2011.
|1||DeMarcus Ware||+5.6||Simply the best. Leader of the Ware Wolves. Howl on Monday at every sack because KD said so.|
|2||Miles Austin||+2.6||Elite receiver might be on the shelf for a few.|
|3||Tony Romo||+1.2||For better or worse, the Cowboys needle mover.|
|4||Jason Witten||-2.0||Subpar blocking (entire line is suffering) superior catching ability|
|5||Sean Lee||+3.8||Chuck Norris does not use spell check. His spelling checks itself.|
|6||Jay Ratliff||+2.5||Very solid against the run and pass against SF|
|7||Dez Bryant||+1.8||Doubters are just tugging on Superman's cape|
|8||Anthony Spencer||+1.5||One chip of the FB away from starting to erase memories of Loaf Gate|
|9||Mike Jenkins||-0.7||He's playing hurt and started the trend that Romo continued in week 2.|
|10||Tyron Smith||+1.7||Grades as a Top 5 pass protector after two weeks in the league.|
|11||Jason Hatcher||-0.6||Having a true breakout campaign as the new D Line starter|
|12||Doug Free||-2.3||Played the worst game of his career against SF|
|13||Mat McBriar||+4||Perennial Pro-Bowl punter that affects field position|
|14||Terence Newman||-||Welcome back, now what do you have left?|
|15||DeMarco Murray||+1.4||Rookie showed great leg churn and slickness after contact even with defenders in the backfield.|
|16||Felix Jones||-1.3||Jets and 49ers are top run defenses, holding out hope.|
|17||Tashard Choice||+0.1||Still appears to be the most solid yet unspectacular of the RB corps|
|18||Orlando Scandrick||+0.3||Hopefully he won't be too rusty when he returns against Tom Brady|
|19||Jon Kitna||+1.0||Competent, but I think any serviceable QB could perform somewhat in this offense|
|20||Jesse Holley||+1.0||After last week, he deserves a spot in the top 20 and injuries will give him a chance to stay there.|
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Thursday's Cowboys Updates:
Kitna says Romo moving well today | DMN
Dez Bryant didn't make practice today either | Star Telegram
Run game still has a problem at LG, Bill Nagy looks to start again | Todd Archer Twitter
Newman can't wait to play, up tick for Cowboys improving D | Josh Ellis Twitter
Advice on Felix Jones' shoulder issue | Rotoworld
Jones watched the workout with a baseball hat and no pads on after playing through a separated shoulder last week. The injury is not expected to keep him out of Monday's game, but it could limit his role. Owners also have to be wary of an aggravation. Consider Jones more of a weak RB2 this week, with Tashard Choice and DeMarco Murray likely to siphon reps.
Fantasy Football Resources (click the link):
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