Are you ready for some football?
It’s that time of year again; time to break out the pencils and notepads as we embark upon another season of fantasy football.
Who will be the fantasy NFL star offensively in 2010, and can you nab him?
And how about defense: Who’s the best player to pick in the secondary?
Today, we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at the 2010 Dallas Cowboys team, and the best players on the squad in terms of fantasy football payday.
So, who are 10 Cowboys players that could help your fantasy football team win a title?
Without further ado, let’s begin…
Mike Jenkins was taken by the Dallas Cowboys as the No. 25 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Two years later, Jenkins appears to be a steal of a selection for the Cowboys.
In 2009, Jenkins garnered five interceptions and 45 tackles—a welcome edition to a fantasy team in need of a star cornerback.
The No. 5 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2003 NFL Draft, cornerback Terence Newman is a two-time Pro Bowl participant and has 23 interceptions in his career.
In 2009, Newman had 57 tackles along with three interceptions and a touchdown.
If he’s available, pick him up—as Newman is currently one of the best NFL selections at the cornerback position.
DeMarcus Ware, the No. 11 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft, is widely considered one of the best outside linebackers currently playing the game.
Last season with Dallas, Ware garnered 57 tackles—along with 11 sacks and five forced fumbles.
If you want a top-notch linebacker on your fantasy team, pick up Ware if he’s available.
Tight end Jason Witten, a third round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2003 NFL Draft, is a six-time Pro Bowl participant in addition to holding a team-record 15 receptions in a game.
In 2009, Witten had 94 receptions for 1,030 yards with two touchdowns—averaging 11 yards per catch.
And if your fantasy team is in dire need of a solid tight end, look no further than Dallas’ Witten.
Wide receiver Miles Austin, who went undrafted before making his NFL debut with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and has 99 career receptions.
Last season alone, Austin racked up 1,320 yards on 81 receptions—averaging 16.3 yards per catch and scoring 11 touchdowns.
And if your fantasy team is in need of a backend—yet solid—receiver, I’d recommend looking into acquiring Austin.
Felix Jones, the No. 22 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft, played collegiate football at the University of Arkansas.
And last year as a running back with the Cowboys, Jones racked up 685 yards on 116 carries—chasing daylight for three touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
Although you may want to look into other options in terms of your fantasy football team’s primary running back, Jones is absolutely a phenomenal No. 2 back if he’s available.
Running back Marion Barber, a fourth round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft, was a Music City Bowl MVP in 2004 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007.
In 2009, Barber garnered 932 yards on 214 carries—scoring seven touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
If your fantasy team is in need of a back with some solid consistency and Barber’s still on the block, I’d highly recommend picking up the Dallas RB.
Rookie receiver Dez Bryant, taken by the Dallas Cowboys as the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, played college football as a member of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
And although Bryant was forced to sit out the entire 2009 season for failing to fully disclose his interaction with Deion Sanders to the NCAA, he was considered by many to be a possible Heisman candidate before the suspension.
In 2008 with Oklahoma State, Bryant completed the season with 1,480 yards with 87 receptions—scoring 19 touchdowns while also returning two punts for touchdowns.
It may be a little risky, yes; but if Bryant is still available when your fantasy team’s name is called and you’re seeking a solid No. 1 or No. 2 receiver, I’d definitely keep him in mind.
Roy Williams, a No. 7 overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2004 NFL Draft, played college football at the University of Texas and made his debut with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.
Last season with Dallas, Williams garnered 596 yards with 38 receptions—scoring seven touchdowns while averaging 15.7 yards per catch.
After being traded to the Cowboys in 2008, Williams signed a contract through the 2014 season; he started seven games that season for Dallas, scoring one touchdown while racking up 198 yards and 19 receptions.
And if your fantasy team truly wants a star receiver for the 2010 season, consider taking Williams if he is still available as an offensive option.
Quarterback Tony Romo, an overlooked and undrafted player coming out of college, made his NFL debut with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.
And in 2009, Romo averaged 280.2 yards per game while throwing 26 touchdown passes and racking up 4,483 total yards.
Starting all 16 games for Dallas last season, Romo ended the season with a career-high QB rating of 97.6 while completing 63.1 percent of his passes.
So if you need a veteran play caller for your 2010 fantasy football team, who could ask for anything more than Dallas’ Romo?
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org