Witten caught four passes on eight targets for 42 yards in Sunday's win over the Packers. A miscommunication with Dak Prescott resulted in the rookie's first career INT, as Witten turned inside on a route when Prescott expected him to turn out, but despite that the veteran tight end has been his usual steady self this season without Tony Romo (back) at the helm, catching at least two passes in every game and hauling in at least 42 yards in five of six contests. Romo's eventual return could conceivably give Witten's production a boost, but with the Cowboys now 5-1 under the extremely impressive Prescott, the front office may be having second thoughts about turning the offense back over to Romo once he's healthy.
Witten (chest) is listed as active Sunday at Green Bay, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. After missing no practice reps in advance of this game, there was little question that Witten would be available for Dak Prescott. With the rookie under center, Witten is more or less in line with his career marks but has yet to reach the end zone. He'll attempt to do so against a Packers defense that has yielded two touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Witten (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay, despite logging full practices throughout the week. Witten is in no danger of missing the game. Dallas regularly lists a bunch of players as questionable, ranging from those who are assured of playing to those who have no realistic chance. Witten qualifies as the former, while No. 1 WR Dez Bryant (knee) appears to truly be questionable. The 34-year-old tight end has accounted for 14 of his team's 56 targets (25 percent) in Bryant's absence, compared to 20 of 99 (20 percent) when Bryant was available in Weeks 1-3.
Witten hauled in three of five targets for 48 yards in Sunday's win over Cincinnati. Witten has been a beneficiary of wide receiver Dez Bryant's absence, averaging seven targets per game over the past two weeks after six total in the two games prior. Witten remains low-risk, low-reward option provided no expectation is made for double-digit-point game. Witten has scored just once touchdown in his last 20 games and hasn't topped 100 yards receiving since Week 17 of the 2013 season.
Witten registered team-highs of nine targets and seven catches, which he turned into 47 yards, in Sunday's 24-17 win over the 49ers. Witten recorded a long catch of just eight yards Sunday, but he served as a security valve for Dak Prescott and helped move the chains on several occasions. Witten is averaging 47.3 receiving yards per game, and while his contributions are still invaluable to what has transformed into a relatively young offense, his days as a top fantasy tight end are clearly behind him. He will carry limited upside into next week's home matchup with the Bengals.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|14||12/12||@New York Giants||12||5.00|
|15||12/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||5.00|
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|3 Year Avg||102||71||756||5||43||10.65||105|