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The Dallas defense has allowed 179.7 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks.
Dallas saw its opposition rush for over 230 yards in two of the last three weeks, and the Cowboys unsurprisingly went 0-3 in those contests. Week 16 brings a matchup against a Washington teams that checks-in at 23rd among NFL teams in rushing offense. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has been on a tear in recent weeks, making the Cowboys D/ST an undesirable fantasy option in Week 17 even if they get their run-stopping troubles under control. Wed, Dec 30, 2015 11:32:00 PM

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Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday and his Week 15 status is murky at the moment.

Claiborne missed two games earlier this season due to hamstring issues, and his status should become more clear as the weekend approaches. The Cowboys will need all the secondary help they can get in Week 15 against Jets WR Brandon Marshall, who has erupted for 387 yards and four touchdowns in the last three weeks. The Cowboys D/ST is not a startable fantasy option in Week 15.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:33:00 AM

With Dallas CB Morris Claiborne set to return this week, DB Byron Jones will move back to safety.

Jones had been filling-in for Claiborne at cornerback but will now switch positions prior to Dallas' Monday night matchup with Washington. "I’m not particularly great at any position yet, so I’m just bouncing around until I find a home," said Jones. The Dallas defensive backfield will look to stop Washington QB Kirk Cousins, who has slowed his interception pace but has thrown more than one touchdown pass in just one of his last four games. The Cowboys D/ST is a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 13.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:24:00 AM

The Dallas defense will focus on stopping Carolina QB Cam Newton in Week 12, who is coming off a career-high five touchdown performance.

Newton has thrown 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions in Carolina's last four games, and has been dubbed the biggest key for Dallas in Week 12 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It’ll be an extreme challenge, he’s having a fantastic year and we have to find a way to keep him down," said Dallas linebacker Sean Lee about the idea of stopping Newton. The Cowboys D/ST will be a lower-tier fantasy option this week against the undefeated Panthers, who are averaging 34.3 points over the last four weeks.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 02:52:00 AM

The Dallas defense failed to force a turnover in Week 9 and is last among NFL defenses with just four forced turnovers in 2015.

The Cowboys D/ST has yet to make a fantasy impact this season due to the inability to create takeaways. The Dallas defense is aware of the issue and is hoping to turn their fortunes around this week at Tampa Bay. "Honestly, what needs to happen with this defense, is we need to have our playmakers, including myself, make more plays," said defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford. The Cowboys D/ST won’t be a recommended fantasy option in Week 10 on the road against Tampa Bay.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 01:45:00 AM

The Dallas defense is last in the NFL in forcing turnovers, severely limiting the upside of the Cowboys D/ST.

Dallas defenders are aware of the turnover troubles, with safety Barry Church telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "I know one of the biggest things last year was we had was more strip attempts [on the ball] than we do this year. I know that figure is down. And I know last year we were better at everybody tackling together. It was not just one guy." The Dallas defense will have a shot to change their fortunes in Week 9 against Philadelphia QB Sam Bradford, who has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in 2015. The Cowboys D/ST is a borderline startable unit in Week 9.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 10:19:00 AM

The Dallas defense has allowed 100 or more rushing yards in each of their last four games, all losses.

This is not a good trend for Dallas, who is facing the NFL's second-best rushing attack on Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboy's D/ST will likely have trouble stopping the running attacks of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, making the group a dicey fantasy option this week despite Seattle's struggles in pass protection.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:13:00 AM

The defense of the Dallas Cowboys has forced just three turnovers in 2015, and zero over their last three games.

The three forced turnovers tied Dallas for the worst mark among NFL teams through six weeks. Coach Jason Garrett referenced the turnover struggles this week saying, "It's been a significant factor in our season up to this point. We were one of the best teams in the league at it last year...and it's not to say we don't have opportunities." The Dallas D/ST will not be a viable fantasy option in Week 7 as they travel to New York to take on Eli Manning and the Giants.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 02:16:00 AM

The Dallas Cowboys roll into their Week 6 bye with just three forced turnovers this season, good for 29th among NFL teams.

The Cowboys have not forced a single turnover in four of five games in 2015, and haven't recorded an interception or fumble recovery since Week 2. DC Rod Marinelli's defense will have the bye week to work on improving their defensive output, but the Cowboys D/ST won't be a fantasy factor on the road against the New York Giants in Week 7.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 04:53:00 AM

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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 06:46:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:00:00 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.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 02:50:00 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.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 02:58:00 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.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 04:00:00 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.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 01:55:00 AM

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