Fantasy Player Projections

 
Buccaneers
Cowboys Stadium
Sunday , Sep. 23 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Cowboys
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJosh Freeman

Josh Freeman

193 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Freeman may have a bit of trouble against Dallas' third-ranked pass defense, which has a pair of outstanding cornerbacks and a fierce pass rush.

RBDoug Martin

Doug Martin

85 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 22 rec yards

Martin hopes to exploit a Cowboys defense that had trouble corralling Marshawn Lynch in Week 2. The Seahawks were able to run the ball 41 times to beat Dallas; Martin would do well with half that total.

RBLeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

16 rush yards

Blount's neck kept him off the field last week. He's been cleared to play, but won't see much action in this game, either.

WRVincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

4 rec, 64 yards, rec TD

Jackson will draw coverage from either Brandon Carr or Morris Clairborne on the outside. Both corners are physical and feisty, but Jackson's height advantage will help him win at least a few battles, especially those fought near the goal line.

WRMike Williams

Mike Williams

3 rec, 41 yards

Williams may have found new life, with a touchdown catch in each of the first two games. Josh Freeman looks to Williams in key situations, and will need him this week for an expected hard-fought battle against Dallas.

TEDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

3 rec, 37 yards

He's not the Clark of old and the targets show it (five through two games). The bright side: Dallas' defense has allowed a touchdown to the opposing tight end each week this season.

KConnor Barth

Connor Barth

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Barth has scored 10 points in both contests for Tampa Bay, having made all five of his field goal attempts. That’s a far cry from how he finished the 2011 season, with 11 points over the last four games combined, including a one-point game against Dallas in Week 15.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

The Buccaneers have generated just three sacks so far and have given up 25.5 points per game. Somehow we're not convinced Dallas' offense is the best thing for this unit.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTony Romo

Tony Romo

312 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 14 rush yards

Whereas some quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick have been slow coming out of the gate, Romo has met fantasy owners' expectations, ranking among the top-10 in both yards and touchdown passes. This week he faces a Buccaneers defense that has allowed a league-worst 801 passing yards.

RBDeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

79 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 21 rec yards

Murray was shut down in the loss to the Seahawks, in part because Dallas dug an early hole and had no choice but to abandon the running game. Don't worry, Murray fantasy owners. Things will get better this week.

RBFelix Jones

Felix Jones

5 rush yards, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Jones was effective as a receiver in Week 2 but those efforts will be few and far between this time. In close games, like this one should be, Jones won’t see much action.

WRMiles Austin

Miles Austin

4 rec, 58 yards, rec TD

So far Austin, and not Dez Bryant, has been Tony Romo’s favorite big-play receiver. Austin has caught a touchdown in each game, and matches up favorably against a Buccaneers team that has given up tons of big plays (9.7 yards allowed per attempt).

WRDez Bryant

Dez Bryant

5 rec, 83 yards

Bryant dropped a couple of balls last week but is motivated to make amends. He will earn his star back against a Buccaneers pass defense that ranks dead last in the league (and one that allowed Bryant a touchdown catch in Week 15 last year).

WRKevin Ogletree

Kevin Ogletree

2 rec, 29 yards

Remember when it was fashionable to own Kevin Ogletree on your fantasy team? Yeah, that was, like, so last week.

TEJason Witten

Jason Witten

5 rec, 64 yards, rec TD

Witten returned to his usual self last week, with 58 yards on 10 targets. Tampa Bay was beaten up by former Cowboy Martellus Bennett in Week 2, so Witten could take another step on Sunday.

KDan Bailey

Dan Bailey

3 PATs, FG

Bailey ranks dead last among starting kickers in scoring with just seven points in two games. That doesn't seem right for America's kicker, does it? Perhaps things will change course this week against Tampa Bay's troubled pass defense.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Cowboys rank near the bottom of the league in the return game and have yet to collect their first interception on defense. The talent is there, so we're convinced the numbers will follow.

 
 
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