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By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 11:33am EDT

Jason Witten is now only behind Tony Gonzalez in career receiving yards. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Witten has had his worst full time season for fantasy purposes this year yet still has made historical significance with tight end marks for receptions and yards. Furthermore, his blocking abilities have opened up opportunities in the running game for the league leading rushing attack and his unselfishness in the passing game has allowed players like Terrance Williams to become very strong options. Unfortunately for Witten owners, these are not good things for fantasy; even over the past two weeks, Witten's red zone opportunities have gone to the better receiving tight end in Gavin Escobar. Witten will still be the starting tight end for the Cowboys and get his sparse opportunities as a stable option, but he should no longer be a TE1 in a standard league. He only has three receptions per game and one touchdown over the whole season; for fantasy purposes he is no worth a roster spot.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 1:38pm EDT

Jason Witten becomes the second TE in NFL history with 900 catches. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: A week after becoming the third TE in NFL history with 10,000 yards, Jason Witten caught his 900th pass in the 2nd quarter versus Seattle yesterday. This catch was also the first touchdown of the year for Witten, ending his five game touchdown drought. The Seahawks have been surprisingly ineffective against tight ends this year and Witten preyed on this in catching his first touchdown of the year. Many may look at Witten's red zone catch as a good omen, but the Cowboys continued to work on deeper routes and the running game in their 30-23 win over Seattle. This may cut out Witten and be a cautionary note for fantasy owners.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 6:22pm EDT

This is the first time in eight years that Jason Witten has gone five games into the season without a touchdown. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Much has been written about Jason Witten's role being smaller in the offense this year, but that might change this week. Seattle's defense is its calling card, but they have looked weaker against tight ends than they have in the past. Quarterback Tony Romo's strength is in passes to the left and the middle of the field and that is good for Cowboys fans because Richard Sherman plays on the right side of the Seahawks defensive scheme. Witten is best over the middle and will find a way to get into the end zone this week. Look for a double-digit fantasy output from Witten this week.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 2:46pm EDT

Jason Witten becomes the third tight end in NFL history to catch for 10,000 yards, joining Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez. (Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Although Witten set this mark in a four catch, 59 yard performance against Houston, this has been a down year for Witten. He is currently on pace for only 60 receptions, which would be his lowest mark since a 35 reception performance in his rookie season of 2003. He has maintained a yards per catch that is comparable to his career average (11.4) and nearly 74% of his receptions have gone for first downs, but Witten's days of being a top-5 TE may be over. As the Cowboys have boosted their rushing attack through the development of DeMarco Murray, Witten's role with the team has moved to more of a blocker than a receiver. Also, as defenses are more prone to loading the box to defend Murray and the league leading rushing attack, quarterback Tony Romo has looked downfield moreso than the shorter routes that Witten runs. Romo has his highest yards per completion since 2011, which does not bode well for Witten. Fantasy owners should look to either move on from Witten or to find another TE and play the better matchup of the two. Witten actually has a good matchup against the Seahawks in Week 6, as they have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in two of three games and are averaging 13 points per game allowed to tight ends.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, Oct 1st 11:00am EDT

Jason Witten may be getting less of a role in the Cowboys offense, but he is still finding ways to contribute. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: Witten's new role with the team may be a fantasy death for 2014. Witten is a great teammate, that has never been doubted, but his fantasy value may not be that high for the remainder of this year. As DeMarco Murray is on a historic rushing pace and Dez Bryant is finding new ways to get Tony Romo's attention by learning new routes, Witten is being a good teammate and focusing on blocking and making the most of the opportunities that he does get in the passing game. There is little, if any chance, that Witten goes the entire season without a touchdown catch or that he will have less than 60 catches and 600 yards as his projections dictate, but Witten is not going be a 90 catch player this season as he has been before. A positive sign for Witten is that quarterback Tony Romo is working on shorter routes and more accuracy. Romo has looked to Witten more than any other receiver in his career; this comfort may lead to a boost in fantasy production in the final three quarters of the season. There will be weeks where Witten will be a good option, but having him as a weekly TE1 may not be smart. He may have a good matchup in Week 6 with Seattle, as the aggressive Seahawks defense may force Romo to look to his most reliable option rather than stretch the defense. Phillip Rivers was able to carve up the Seahawks defense with Antonio Gates in a Chargers upset victory and Romo may have that same luck with Witten in Week 6.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 12:48pm EDT

Jason Witten may not be having a great start in 2014, but still is a vital part of the Cowboys attack. (Source: Fansided)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Witten has always found a way to be a part of the Cowboys offense and his connection with Tony Romo is undoubtable. Since becoming the starting QB of the Cowboys, Romo has targeted Witten an average of 122 times per season and Witten has four seasons of over 90 catches. His ability to keep plays alive and find soft spots in the coverage keeps Witten's value. He should still be your starting tight end unless you have an elite option like Jimmy Graham or Julius Thomas and averages about five catches per game against each of the Cowboys next three opponents (Saints, Texans, and Seahawks). Although Witten is a solid option at TE, it should also be noted that he does not have a touchdown reception against the Saints in the seven games he has played against them.

By , Cowboys Correspondent, Sat, Sep 20th 9:08am EDT

After two games, Jason Witten has the same amount of receptions, six, as he did in 2012 when he set the NFL single season record for a tight end with 110. Witten says that game flow has dictated more attention to running the ball which is why his numbers are down. (Source: Dallas News)

Fantasy Impact: For now I'm giving the benefit of the doubt to a player who has not had less than 73 receptions since 2006. Start Witten as usual as teams must account for Dez and DeMarco, and stay confident that Tony will look his way more soon enough.

By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 11:10pm EDT

Witten managed only 2 catches for 14 yards on 6 targets in Week 1. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: As with the rest of the Cowboy's pass catchers, Witten was a victim of Romo's poor outing. There is still plenty of potential for Witten as he remains Romo's security blanket. Expect better weeks ahead as Romo shakes off the rust and settles into the new offense. Witten's highest value comes in PPR formats as he has averaged 90 catches a season over the last 5 years but averaged only 5 TDs per year in that same span. For now, feel comfortable starting Witten but monitor Romo's progress and adjust accordingly.

Fantasy Football Maniax | Oct 26th
Witten just isn't seeing the targets he has in years past, he is a weekly TE2. Washington ranks 19th against fantasy tight ends.
Breaking Football | Oct 24th
Redskins pass D stinks so he has a chance despite being pretty spare for most of 2014.
ESPN | Oct 8th
What should you expect from Jason Witten this week versus the Seahawks' defense?