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The Dallas Cowboys will host the New England Patriots in Week 5, who lead the NFL in yards per game (446.3) and points per game (39.7).
The matchup makes the Dallas D/ST impossible to start this week in fantasy leagues, even at home. New England hung 51 points on Jacksonville prior to their Week 4 bye, and will now be well rested before traveling to AT&T Stadium to take on the Cowboys. Leave the Dallas D/ST nestled safely on the waiver wire this week. Oct 8 - 6:46 PM

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The Dallas Cowboys' run defense will attempt to bounce back against New Orleans after getting shredded by Devonta Freeman in Week 3.

Freeman torched the Cowboys for 141 yards on 30 carries last week and also added 52 yards on five catches. While the offense of New Orleans hasn't been very effective in 2015, they will get Drew Brees back in Week 4 and have multiple running backs who are capable of giving the Dallas defense problems. The Cowboys D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy options this week on the road.
Oct 3 - 10:00 PM

The Dallas defense has only three healthy defensive ends as they prepare to host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

The latest blow to the edge rushers of the Cowboys was DE Jeremy Mincey being declared out for Week 3 with a concussion. With Greg Hardy (suspension) and Randy Gregory (ankle) already out, Dallas will need to get creative to bring pressure against Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. Dallas has just two sacks through two weeks and will now need to make adjustments in order to contain Ryan, who has thrown for 330.5 yards per game so far in 2015. The Dallas defense will be a bottom-tier Week 3 option in fantasy leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:50 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will be without rookie DE Randy Gregory in Week 2, after he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Dallas season opener.

With fellow DE Greg Hardy not eligible to return until Week 5, the Cowboys will miss their rookie pass rusher while he nurses his injured ankle. Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News even suggested that the absence of Gregory could be equally as critical for Dallas as the absence of Dez Bryant. With or without Gregory, the Dallas Cowboys D/ST was likely not going to be a Week 2 fantasy option as they face Philadelphia on the road.
Sep 19 - 2:58 AM

Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy will take his four-game suspension without an appeal.

The Dallas defense will welcome the return of Hardy in Week 5 when they host the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium. Hardy will provide a boost to the Dallas defensive front, but unfortunately won't be able to help the issues in the Dallas secondary. The Dallas D/ST is an unstartable fantasy option in Week 1 as they face the New York Giants.
Sep 11 - 4:00 AM

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News believes the difficult cut decisions among Dallas defensive linemen bodes well for the unit's 2015 outlook.

The Cowboys defensive line does possess some play-making ability, but the anticipated struggle of the Dallas secondary is the main concern for this defense after the loss of DB Orlando Scandrick to a season-ending knee injury. The Cowboys D/ST faces a tough test against OC Ben McAdoo's New York Giants offense in Week 1 and should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Sep 5 - 1:55 AM

Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News thinks DL Tyrone Crawford "has just scratched the surface."

Machota also noted that the "staff raves about his upside" when speaking of the fourth-year player. The Dallas coaching staff will hope to see some improvement from their pass rush, which registered just 28 sacks in 2014, good for 28th in the NFL. The Cowboys D/ST is not on the fantasy draft radar and will be a group to avoid in Week 1 as they face the New York Giants in a game with an over/under hovering above 50.
Aug 29 - 10:50 AM

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RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Lance Dunbar
4Christine Michael
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Lance Dunbar
2Darren McFadden
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Terrance Williams
2Devin Street
3Dez Bryant
WR21Cole Beasley
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Devin Street
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1Ronald Leary
2La'El Collins
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey