The Dallas Cowboys failed to establish a viable rushing attack during a 38-31 home loss to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving. Though injuries have depleted their backfield, this is becoming a prominent theme for this team's 2012 season.
Entering Week 12, Dallas ranked 29th in the league in rushing at 83.1 yards per game. After mustering just 35 yards against the Redskins, the Cowboys are now last in the NFL—pending all of this week's results—tallying just 78.7 rushing yards per game.
The good news is that running back Felix Jones was healthy enough to give it a go after being listed as questionable with a knee injury that he suffered last week against the Cleveland Browns.
The bad news is that his 14 yards and six carries were both team highs.
Credit has to be given credit to Tony Romo and Co. for keeping this team competitive with no running game to lean on. However, that is not a recipe for sustained success in this league.
Furthermore, it means that fantasy owners should stay away from the Cowboys backfield at all costs—namely Jones, who has shown enough flashes in his young career to swindle you into a spot start down the stretch.
Dallas has been forced into abandoning the run because of injuries, game situations and an offensive line that is inconsistent in creating the proper forward push. With that in mind, any top running back in the NFL playing on the Cowboys would be a questionable play in your fantasy lineup; let alone Jones, or even DeMarco Murray when he returns to the field.
While Jones is capable of the occasional big game, keeping him away from your starting lineup will prevent the "fantasy headache" we have all encountered before. Though he did tally three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown thought the air against the Redskins, that production is hardly expected on a weekly basis.
If Jones isn't worthy of a start, he probably isn't worthy of a roster spot either. You would probably be better off carrying a second defense and playing the matchup each week.
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