Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
|TE - #8||77.00||DAL||Active||13 years||32||6'6||261||@JasonWitten|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Gold
Jason WItten has been the most consistent, durable fantasy tight end spanning the last decade. At 32 years old, his best years are behind him (as evidenced by his 2013 output being hislowest since 2006). Witten managed to find the end zone eight times, but saw a significant falloff in targets (111, down from a three-year avg. of 132), receptions and yards. Even with the declining stat line, Witten ranked fifth amongst tight ends in receptions (73) and yards (851), making him the obvious starter going into 2014. Tony Romo and Witten have a fine-tuned chemistry not easily replicated, but the concern is that Witten's body is starting to slow after playing 10 years without missing a game. Gavin Escobar is being groomed to eventually take over for Witten, but even if the transition picks up speed, Witten will still be worthy of his current draft position (ADP 78.02) as the seventh tight end selected. Draft Witten while maintaining slightly downgraded expectations and be sure to have Escobar on speed dial should Witten hit the fantasy wall.
The Cowboys have signed a wide receiver to a long-term contract. No, not that one.
Dallas and Cole Beasley agreed to a four-year deal Tuesday worth as much as $15.1 million, according to Beasley himself. The three-year pro had his best season in 2014, catching 37 balls for 420 yards and four touchdowns. In the Cowboys' final eight games of the season, including the playoffs, Beasley hauled in 28 passes for 378 yards and four scores.
The diminutive slot man will have some PPR appeal here and there, but with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams all returning next season, Beasley will most likely be Tony Romo's fourth target. Again, he'll put up some useful stat lines at times only because this is such a productive passing offense. But I seriously doubt he'll be a consistent WR3 in any format.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/3 - Cowboys, WR Cole Beasley agree to four-year contract
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|7.09||#9 World Ranked Player - Good value for Witten. Stud TE in the late 7th. Good for 80+ catches.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|7.08||#28 World Ranked - Witten has had no fewer than 111 targets in the last 4 years. His 25 TD's over the last 4 years is more than people realize. I felt a TE run beginning so I wanted to take one of the group.|
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