Cowboys vs. Falcons: Fantasy Performers Set to Explode on Sunday Night Football

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 4, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:   Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sure, the Atlanta Falcons are 7-0 heading into their matchup with Dallas on Sunday night, but that doesn't mean one struggling Cowboy won't expose one of their key weaknesses on prime-time.

Dallas backup running back Felix Jones will need to be at his best in Atlanta this weekend, as he's set to take on the NFL's seventh-worst rush defense. So, who will join Jones on the list of this week's fantasy standouts?

Let's take a look at some players set to shine bright on Sunday Night Football.

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys, RB

The Dallas Cowboys may be banged up at the running back position, but the Atlanta Falcons have been dreadful defending the run all season long, ranking just 26th in the league in terms of yards allowed.

Expect a stellar outing from Felix Jones, who will likely play in place of the injured DeMarco Murray on Sunday night inside the Georgia Dome. Although NFL fans have been ripping Jones in recent weeks for his poor play at Carolina and against the New York Giants last weekend, it wasn't all that long ago that he rushed for 92 yards and a score on 18 attempts against the Baltimore Ravens. 

With Dallas in desperate need of a spark in the backfield, look for Jones to deliver a much-needed performance on the ground.

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons, RB

Atlanta's Michael Turner hasn't been dominating like NFL fans are accustomed to seeing, but he should have an added impact on Sunday night with the Cowboys defense playing plenty of attention to early-season MVP favorite Matt Ryan

Dallas isn't amazing in defense of the run either. The Cowboys are surrendering nearly 105 yards on the ground per game this season and gave up over 100 yards rushing to the Giants at home last weekend. 

Turner's bruising style tends to wear teams out by the fourth quarter, which is why he is so valuable for Mike Smith's Falcons.

He carried the ball 24 times last Sunday vs. Philadelphia, so watch for him to have his number called early and often during prime-time Sunday night.

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys, WR

Miles Austin is the best player on the Cowboys offense when it comes to doing more with less. Although both Jason Witten and Dez Bryant have more receptions than Austin coming into Sunday night, Austin leads the team in receiving yards, touchdowns and big plays. 

He's averaging 16.5 yards per reception this season and has 10 plays of 20 or more yards through seven games.

The Falcons are only giving up 217 yards and one score through the air per week on average, but if there is a player on the outside capable of exploiting Atlanta's secondary, it's the crafty veteran Miles Austin. 

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