Fantasy Player Projections
Raymond James Stadium | Sunday, September 13 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Cowboys 27, Buccaneers 13
Pos. Player Projection
QB Tony Romo
260 pass yards, 2 pass TDRomo threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns in his last game against the Buccaneers. But while Tampa Bay is not considered a particularly strong team going into the season, they did finish with the fourth-best pass defense in the NFL last season.
RB Marion Barber
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TDOften called the hardest runner in the NFL, expect Barber to lead the team in touchdowns while catching the most balls out of the backfield.
RB Felix Jones
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 50 rush yardsJones showed flashes of brilliance last season before going down with an injury. Expect more of the same during his sophomore season, with the occasional special-teams touchdown.
WR Roy Williams
5 rec, 60 yardsA shoulder injury has limited Williams in the preseason but he should be ready to go for Sunday's opener.
WR Patrick Crayton
4 rec, 40 yards, 1 TDCrayton is slated as the No. 2 receiver behind Williams on the depth chart. He regressed slightly after his breakout season in 2007 but is expected to benefit from increased opportunities with Terrell Owens having moved on.
WR Miles Austin
2 rec, 30 yardsAustin enjoyed success in the preseason and seems to have locked up the No. 3 receiver role.
TE Jason Witten
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDWitten scored just four touchdowns last year but remains in the elite class of fantasy tight ends. Expect a higher volume of scores in 2009.
K Nick Folk
3 PATs, 2 FGsFolk was fantasy gold in 2007 when the Cowboys' offense was gangbusters. Less so in '08, with less field-goal and extra-point attempts, but he's still a very viable fantasy option.
4 sacks, 2 INTWith an NFL-high 59 sacks in 2008, you'd think the Cowboys ranked among the best fantasy defenses available. In fact, they're more of a second-tier choice since they surrender a lot of points.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Byron Leftwich
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INTLeftwich, who'd studied Jeff Jagodzinski's West Coast offense, got dealt a tough hand when the Bucs replaced the offensive coordinator with quarterbacks coach Greg Olson. Now he's got to learn a new system on the quick while surrounded by a bunch of ordinary talent.
RB Carnell Williams
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 50 rush yardsIt's looking like backfield-by-committee in South Florida, so don't expect much from either Williams or No. 2 Derrick Ward.
RB Derrick Ward
2 rec, 10 rec yardsThe former Giants' reserve hoped for a starting role in Tampa Bay but is slated to split carries with Cadillac.
WR Antonio Bryant
3 rec, 50 yardsBryant missed the entire preseason while recovering from torn meniscus surgery so there are major questions about his timing with Leftwich. Probably safer to stay away for Week 1 if you can.
WR Michael Clayton
2 rec, 20 yardsClay reaggravated a hamstring injury during the preseason and is listed as questionable for Sunday. If he does play, don't expect much.
WR Maurice Stovall
1 rec, 15 yardsStovall caught six balls for 73 yards in the Bucs' final preseason game, sealing his spot on the roster.
TE Kellen Winslow
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDDespite catching just one ball for 5 yards in the preseason, the Bucs are very optimistic about Winslow for 2009.
K Mike Nugent
1 PAT, 2 FGsAn average kicker who's not worth a roster spot with better options on the wire.
2 sacks, 1 FumbleThe loss of longtime defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin casts doubt over this entire unit -- once one of the NFL's proudest -- entering the season.