Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ESPN: Cowboys, Crabtree, Palmer see stock rise

By Eric Karabell
Eric Karabell Blog

Nobody in fantasy football has seen his stock rise quicker of late than Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys. We keep talking and writing about this emerging wide receiver, maybe because we're surprised, or maybe because it all seems so legit. The record for most receiving yards in a player's first two starts (since the merger) had been held by Anquan Boldin since 2003, with 279. Austin has 421 yards in his past two games.

Austin's emergence is good for Tony Romo, good for the running game (although it would be nice to see Marion Barber and Felix Jones do a bit more) and … wait a minute, what's wrong with Jason Witten? Even before Miles Austin became a household name and Roy E. Williams went to the waiver wire in many leagues, Witten wasn't doing much. He's 16th among tight ends in points, and still hasn't broken double digits in a game. That didn't stop ESPN fantasy owners from making him the fifth-most-active tight end in Week 7, though. Honestly, I don't think Witten is someone to drop, but it's a bad sign that he hasn't been targeted in the red zone in a month. Obviously, Witten's stock has dropped since draft day. The Cowboys seem to always have players rapidly moving up (Romo) or down (Tashard Choice), don't they?