Fantasy Football 2012: Should You Shy Away from Jason Witten?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IAugust 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against middle linebacker Casey Matthews #50 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-7. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Jason Witten’s lacerated spleen definitely has caused waves in the NFL community, particularly around the Dallas Cowboys and in the fantasy football world. Thankfully, the injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, but it could cost Witten some regular-season game action.

Should  you be concerned about drafting him?

Obviously, if you already drafted Witten, you should be nervous. His draft stock should slip because of this injury, so future owners will get him at a bit of a discount.  

Players that took him pre-injury weren’t afforded that luxury.

When your fifth-round pick goes down, it’s a little more nerve-wracking than if the same were to happen to your seventh- or eighth-round pick.

In both cases, though, you should relax. Witten is about as tough of a football player as they come.

He is also one of the most consistent. He has missed only one game in his NFL career, and that came back in 2003. That streak could come to an end, but he shouldn’t miss much action.

I’ve said this many times before, but I’m more concerned with what goes on at the end of the season when fantasy football trophies are being won than with the beginning of the year. Yeah, you want to get off on a good foot, but the money and glory come in the fantasy playoffs.

Witten has averaged 88.8 catches and 1,014.2 yards over the past five seasons. He is not a huge touchdown threat, but he does enough to satisfy fantasy owners, particularly in PPR leagues.

Obviously, drafting an injured player should come with some hesitation, but I would not be afraid to make him my TE1.


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