With Tony Romo out for a month with a finger injury, the venerable Johnson takes over as the starter. He brings a wealth of experience, including a Super Bowl victory, but he lacks arm strength and the vertical element of the Dallas attack will be curtailed greatly. The good news is he won't need to be special against a Rams' pass defense that gives up 234 yards a game. He's not a standout starter but he should be able to put up solid numbers against this weak defense.
With Romo and Felix Jones out, look for Barber's role to grow even more in the next few games. The Rams give up 169 yards rushing a game and will struggle to stop Barber's power. The Cowboys need to be smart and not overwork Barber, but this is a prime matchup and one he'll feast upon. He has the potential to be the No. 1 RB in fantasy leagues this week.
With Felix Jones out, Choice will get some action as Barber's backup this week. If the Cowboys build a huge lead he could see plenty of garbage time action but that's a risky proposition with Johnson at QB. Instead, project 5-8 touches for Choice this week as he's used to keep Barber fresh.
It seems to be just a matter of time before Mount T.O. explodes. He's caught only six passes the past two games and without Romo, his big-play chances will take a major hit. Will TO keep an even disposition and work with Johnson to help the Cowboys' offense remain potent? Yeah, right. Owens will see plenty of targets on intermediate routes and he'll have to be happy with that. Will he? Stay tuned.
Crayton has been a productive WR3 of late, catching TD passes in each of the past two games. But with Williams in the fold, his fantasy value has taken a major hit. He has enough talent to produce some big games as the No. 3 WR and this matchup is very appealing, but he's far too risky to start with Johnson at QB. Bench him this week and hope Romo makes a speedy recovery.
The Cowboys gave up everything except the big star at midfield to get Williams before the trade deadline this week. It was a clear sign of panic by Jerry Jones, who is seeing his team's season come apart before the halfway point. Williams could open as the No. 3 WR this week given his limited practice time with the team, but expect him to be on the field a lot because the team needs to maximize his value as soon as possible. He's a so-so WR3 this week without Romo but things are looking up for him now that he's out of Detroit.
If there's a player who could clearly benefit from Romo's absence, it's Witten. Johnson's lack of arm strength should result in the talented Witten being targeted even more. He's already the best TE in the game but he'll be even busier now.
Folk is having another quality season. He's made 7 of 8 FGs and he's backed by a standout offense – even without Romo. The Rams will offer little resistance so Folk owners can expect another week of quality production.
The Cowboys' defense has disappointed this season and is facing a major blow with Pacman Jones being suspended this week. Without Jones, even this prime matchup against a woeful Rams' offense might not be enough to save them. The good news is Marc Bulger will take plenty of sacks and he's playing poorly so there's plenty of upside this week if you need to start them.
Bulger continues to struggle. He passed for a woeful 136 yards and 0 TDs in last week's win over Washington. He's making poor reads, poor throws and he's jittery in the pocket. It helps that Pacman Jones is out for the Cowboys, but Bulger is still not a strong fantasy option. Keep him benched again this week.
Jackson had a solid game in Week 6, rushing for 79 yards and catching three passes for 32 yards. Facing a weakened Cowboys defense should help him post one of his best games of the year. He's the only weapon the Rams have offensively right now and they will lean on him heavily. He makes for a fine RB2 this week.
So much for the plan to get Holt the ball more. He caught five passes last week but they went for a meager 23 yards. It's just not happening for Holt and even though this matchup has potential, it's difficult to view him in a very favorable light. In fact, it's starting to look like rookie Donnie Avery is the WR to have with this offense. Start Holt only if you don't have a better option.
The explosive rookie made an impact for the second straight game last week, catching four passes for 73 yards. He's delivering as a starter and if Holt keeps giving the Rams nothing, don't be surprised if Avery's role grows in the weeks to come. If you're looking for an upside St. Louis WR this week, Avery is the guy.
The Rams' offense may stink, but Brown remains a quality fantasy option due to his big leg. He made four FGs last week, including a 51-yard effort in the win over Washington. He's a fine upside play again this week so start him if you need him.
The Rams defense got after Jason Campbell last week, holding him to 208 yards passing and 0 TDs. They also scored a touchdown. They catch a break this week with Tony Romo out, but they're still not a recommended fantasy option as they lack consistency and standout big-play options. Look elsewhere for fantasy help this week.