Relative Value Rankings After Week 9

Once again, the Cowboys had a number of heroes in the team’s 20-16 win over
the Eagles on Sunday. Not many big moves up or down, though the likes of Kevin
Ogletree and Victor Butler made some huge plays.

Please take a moment to fill out the poll at the bottom of the post.

53. Allen Rossum, KR

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 1.54

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive due to injury.

52. Duke Preston, C

Last week: 52

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season. Even with
Gurode’s injury, it does not appear that Preston is going to see action this

51. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 51

Poll rating: 1.68

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season.

50. Montrae Holland, G

Last week: 50

Poll rating: 1.77

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season.

49. Stephen McGee, QB

Last week: 49

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Philadelphia: Third quarterback. He has not seen action all season.

48. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 48

Poll rating: 1.81

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season. With the play
of Pat Watkins and Alan Ball on special teams, it does not seem likely that
Hamlin will play any time soon.

47. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 1.96

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active since the Kansas City

46. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 2.02

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. This is the first time all season that Octavien
has not been active for a game.

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. Philadelphia: Proctor filled in briefly for an injured Andre Gurode
against the Eagles.

44. Doug Free, T

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 2.16

vs. Philadelphia: Reserve lineman. Nothing to note.

43. Curtis Johnson, LB

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Philadelphia: Johnson was active for the game against the Eagles and
recorded a tackle on special teams.

42. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Philadelphia: Backup quarterback. He still hasn’t seen action, though it
common to see Romo consulting with Kitna on the sideline.

41. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 2.47

vs. Philadelphia: Siavii played but did not record a tackle. He nearly made a
good play in the second quarter when he jumped into the backfiled, but he
completely missed a tackle on LeSean McCoy.

40. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 37

Poll rating: 2.69

vs. Philadelphia: Hatcher recorded one tackle against the Eagles.

39. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.12

vs. Philadelphia: Third tight end. Phillips frequently fills in at fullback,
and there is no apparent drop off compared with Deon Anderson.

38. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.64

vs. Philadelphia: Bowen recorded one tackle, but it was significant. With the
Eagles facing a 3rd and 4 from the Dallas 31, Bowen crashed and brought down
LeSean McCoy for just a one-yard gain. It forced the Eagles to settle for a
field goal.

37. Alan Ball, CB

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 2.73

vs. Philadelphia: Ball was near the ball on several special teams plays, but
he did not record a tackle.

36. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 2.54

vs. Philadelphia: Butler made a clutch tackle when he tripped up Donovan
McNabb on a third down play late in the game. You get the feeling that Butler’s
stock is going to jump through the roof.

35. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 35

Poll rating: 3.10

vs. Philadelphia: Solid snapping yet again.

34. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 2.94

vs. Philadelphia: Watkins recorded one tackle on special teams.

33. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Philadelphia: Ogletree touched the ball three times against the Eagles
and showed quite a burst on all three plays. His six-yard run on a reverse,
followed by a 21-yard reception on a WR screen, helped to set up the Cowboys’
first touchdown. Ogletree also gave the Cowboys a first down deep in Eagle
territory late in the first half on another screen, though the Cowboys had to
settle for a field goal.

32. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 2.88

vs. Philadelphia: Anderson’s holding penalty in the first quarter wiped out a
10-yard run by Tashard Choice. Anderson was replaced by John Phillips on the
next play. To his credit, though, Anderson made one of the blocks that allowed
Choice to score later in the drive. Anderson was finally the target of one of
Tony Romo’s passes, but Romo overthrew Anderson on a dump-off pass.

31. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 3.31

vs. Philadelphia: After catching a touchdown pass against Seattle, Hurd was
never targeted as a receiver and did not record a tackle on special teams.

30. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.92

vs. Philadelphia: Carpenter recorded two tackles against the Eagles. He is
doing a good job as a nickel linebacker and has started making plays pretty

29. David Buehler, K

Last week: 29

Poll rating: 4.00

vs. Philadelphia: Buehler was not able to put the ball in the end zone, but
he recorded two tackles on kickoffs.

28. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 25

Poll rating: 3.06

vs. Philadelphia: Bennett was the target of two passes, including a screen,
but he did not catch a pass.

27. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 27

Poll rating: 3.29

vs. Philadelphia: Spencer recorded two tackles, but Almost Anthony missed an
opportunity to bring Donovan McNabb down on a 2nd-and-4 play that resulted in a
45-yard gain for LeSean McCoy. The Eagles took the lead after scoring at the end
of the drive. Spencer was hurt later in the game.

26. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.62

vs. Philadelphia: Folk made both of his field goal attempts.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.54

vs. Philadelphia: Scandrick was part of a strong effort by the Dallas
secondary, but he did not record at tackle or a pass defense. He had good
coverage on Jason Avant on a play in the second quarter, but Scandrick was
unable to get his hand up quickly enough to knock the pass down.

24. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.27

vs. Philadelphia: I did not see Hamlin miss any tackles, but he received
credit for only one tackle against Philadelphia (and that was thanks to Hamlin
touching a play who was already down). On another play, Hamlin tackled Leonard
Weaver short of a first down on a third-and-long play, but the entire play was
called back due to a Philadelphia penalty.

23. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 2.39

vs. Philadelphia: Williams was involved early, catching a 21-yard pass on a
3rd-and-8 play on the opening drive. Williams was targeted eight times and
caught five passes for 75 yards. That’s a little bit more like what the team
would like to see from him.

22. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 3.38

vs. Philadelphia: Olshansky recorded two tackles against the Eagles.

21. Marc Colombo, T

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.94

vs. Philadelphia: Two false start penalties did not help Colombo. Juqua
Parker recorded a sack on Dallas’ opening possession, and Columbo was standing
near the play without blocking anyone. To his credit, though, Colombo made a
great block on a WR screen to Ogletree late in the first half.

20. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.60

vs. Philadelphia: Spears recorded two tackles against the Eagles.

19. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.60

vs. Philadelphia: Choice carries three times for 13 yards and a touchdown. He
lined up in the Razorback, the Cowboys’ version of the Wildcat.

18. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. Philadelphia: Jones had 10 rushing yards against the Eagles. There is
some sentiment that Choice right now has surpassed Jones, at least until Jones
can get on track. I’ll give it one more week.

17. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 3.91

vs. Philadelphia: Once again, no penalties. This streak of no
penalties in the past three games is nearly as impressive as Romo’s previous
streak of three games without a pick.

16. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 4.02

vs. Philadelphia: Another big win, another big play. Crayton’s 64-yard
reception set up the Cowboys’ field goal at the end of the first half.

15. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 4.15

vs. Philadelphia: I am tempted to move McBriar even higher. McBriar’s punting
was huge against the Eagles. He punted towards the sideline most of the game,
and his kicks had great hang time (see

). DeSean Jackson only managed one punt return for nine yards. Of
McBriar’s 35 punts, 20 have landed inside the 20.

14. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 4.04

vs. Philadelphia: The Dallas rushing game has not been as dominant as it was
during the early part of the season, and the Eagles sacked Romo four times.
Kosier allowed one of those sacks when Jason Babin got to Romo in the second
quarter. That said, when Dallas needed to run the ball to kill the clock, Marion
Barber ran left.

13. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 4.11

vs. Philadelphia: Gurode was injured for part of the game.

12. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 4.12

vs. Philadelphia: Davis pulled to his left on the Cowboys’ first touchdown,
and his block allowed Tashard Choice to score easily.

11. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 4.07

vs. Philadelphia: Newman lined up over DeSean Jackson most of the game, and
Jackson managed only two receptions. Newman made a huge hit on tight end Brent
Celek. The hit was so hard, in fact, that I had to rewind the game to make sure
it wasn’t really Gerald Sensabaugh.

10. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 4.20

vs. Philadelphia: Jenkins recorded one of the Cowboys’ interceptions and
pretty much shut down Jeremy Maclin.

9. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 4.29

vs. Philadelphia: Even with a cast on his hand, Sensabaugh recorded an
interception. He led the team with six tackles as well.

8. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 4.17

vs. Philadelphia: James recorded five tackles in another solid effort.

7. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 5

Poll rating: 4.58

vs. Philadelphia: Brooking recorded five tackles against the Eagles.

6. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 3.85

vs. Philadelphia: Witten’s numbers weren’t terribly impressive, as he caught
seven passes for only 43 yards. However, he caught a big third-down reception on
the Cowboys’ first scoring drive, and when the team needed three yards at the
end of the game, Romo went to Witten to get five. Witten also should have had a
touchdown near the end of the first half.

5. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 3.54

vs. Philadelphia: Barber’s yards were huge (50 rushing yards, 20 receiving
yards), but he made some vintage Marion Barber runs where he patiently found a
running lane and then hit that lane hard. His three runs at the end of the game
helped to

close the game

4. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.57

vs. Philadelphia: Another huge play for Austin, as he caught a 49-yard
touchdown pass that turned out to be the game winner.

3. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.48

vs. Philadelphia: Ware didn’t record a sack, but he pressured McNabb on
several plays. He also had three tackles and an assist.

2. Jay Ratliff, NT
Last week: 4

Poll rating: 4.35

vs. Philadelphia: Ratliff was a monster, recording five tackles and two sacks
against the Eagles.

1. Tony Romo, QB
Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.49

vs. Philadelphia: Romo’s 88.7 passer rating wasn’t as impressive as his
previous three games, but when the team needed him, Romo came through. He threw
for 307 yards, marking the 20th game in which he has surpassed the 300-yard


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  • Jason Neighbors

    D-Ware also prevented a TD when he hit McNabb’s arm.