Relative Value Rankings After Week 10: It's a Bear Market

Although the team as a whole looked poor against the Packers, there were a
few performances worth noting. Anthony Spencer had a strong game, but he
continues to miss making a big play by justthismuch. Steven Bowen and Bobby
Carpenter also made some good plays.

Otherwise, few players had performances that would justify moving them up in
the rankings. Injuries to Marc Colombo and Ken Hamlin also affected the

Thanks as always to those who participated in

last week’s poll
. Please see the bottom of this post for this week’s poll.

53. Allen Rossum, KR

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 1.43

vs. Green Bay: Did not play due to injury. It would hardly come as a surprise
if Rossum was released.

52. Duke Preston, C

Last week: 52

Poll rating: 1.46

vs. Green Bay: Inactive. Preston has not played all season.

51. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 51

Poll rating: 1.55

vs. Green Bay: Inactive. Unless something changes before Sunday, McQuistan
will become the backup tackle on the active roster.

50. Montrae Holland, G

Last week: 50

Poll rating: 1.55

vs. Green Bay: Inactive. There was talk that Holland might get the start at
right guard had Leonard Davis moved to tackle, but that is not going to happen.

49. Stephen McGee, QB

Last week: 49

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Green Bay: Third quarterback.

48. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.76

vs. Green Bay: Inactive.

47. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. Green Bay: Inactive.

46. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 48

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Green Bay: With Ken Hamlin missing up to a month due to injury, Michael
Hamlin will make the active roster for the first time all season. Michael Hamlin
will play on special teams for now.

45. Curtis Johnson, LB

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 1.83

vs. Green Bay: Johnson recorded one special teams tackle, and that was merely
a matter of him touching Nick Collins down on an onside kick attempt late in the
game. Johnson was also called for an illegal block on a kickoff return.

44. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.10

vs. Green Bay: Second quarterback. He still has not played this season.

43. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Green Bay: Procter was another named mentioned as a possible starter due
to the injury, as some suggested that he might play right guard if Davis moved
to right tackle. That isn’t going to happen, and Procter is likely limited to
playing on special teams for now. I bumped him up a few spots because of his
higher poll rating.

42. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.39

vs. Green Bay: Siavii did not record a tackle against the Packers.

41. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.37

vs. Green Bay: Hatcher recorded one tackle early the game.

40. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 2.32

vs. Green Bay: Phillips was again the third tight end.

39. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 3.32

vs. Green Bay: After making a huge tackle at the end of the Philadelphia
game, Butler did not record anything against the Packers.

38. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 3.17

vs. Green Bay: On Nick Folk’s missed field goal, the snap appeared to be just
a little bit high. That probably was not the reason for the miss, though, as Mat
McBriar took the blame after the game.

37. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Green Bay: Watkins has experience as a starting safety, but the Cowboys
are going to start Alan Ball (a converted corner) to replace Ken Hamlin.

36. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 3.52

vs. Green Bay: Dallas tried to go with another wide receiver screen to
Ogletree, who averaged 19 yards on three of these plays in the previous two
weeks. Against the Packers, the screen gained a yard.

35. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.38

vs. Green Bay: Hurd disappeared from the stat sheet yet again. Hurd is more
involved on special teams than Ogletree, but Hurd has not done anything on
offense in the past two games.

34. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 2.48

vs. Green Bay: Anderson is generally only asked to block, and he is not on
the field frequently enough to rank him along with all of the starters.

33. Doug Free, T

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 1.83

vs. Green Bay: Free is going to get the start at right tackle now that Marc
Colombo will be out for several weeks, if not the rest of the season.

Blogging the Boys
has a post
about Free’s performance last week. If Free performs well against the Redskins,
his value will jump way up.

32. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 2.77

vs. Green Bay: Bowen had a solid game, recording a tackle, two assists, and a
sack. He even forced a fumble on the sack in the second quarter, but the Packers

31. David Buehler, K

Last week: 29

Poll rating: 3.72

vs. Green Bay: Neither of Buehler’s kickoffs made it to the end zone. Buehler
was also injured while covering punts, and he might have to miss the Washington

30. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 2.47

vs. Green Bay: One reception for six yards. He is on pace to gain fewer than
200 receiving yards this year, which hardly qualifies him as a "weapon."

29. Alan Ball, S

Last week:

Poll rating: 2.55

vs. Green Bay: Ball did not record a tackle against the Packers. Ball has
been nothing more than a special teamer and backup corner, but he will start at
free safety for the next few games due to Ken Hamlin’s injury.

28. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Green Bay: Carpenter recorded two tackles, an assist, and a sack. The
sack came on a third-down play after Green Bay had driven the ball in the third
quarter into Dallas territory.

27. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.76

vs. Green Bay: Folk missed his only field goal attempt, and the miss turned
out to be significant. Dallas lost momentum after the miss.

26. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 25

Poll rating: 3.03

vs. Green Bay: Scandrick did not have a strong game. He was called for
defensive holding, illegal use of the hands, and pass interference. Two of those
penalties came on the Packers’ first touchdown drive. To his credit, Scandrick
sacked Rodgers late in the first quarter and caused a fumble. However, Mike
Jenkins was called for a penalty on the play for illegal hands to the face.

25. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.15

vs. Green Bay: Hamlin overcame a groin injury and played against the Packers,
but then Hamlin suffered a high ankle sprain. Hamlin managed two tackles and two
assists before being injured.

24. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.41

vs. Green Bay: Williams made a good play at the beginning of the game on a
19-yard gain. He also caught a touchdown late in the game. But then there’s the
matter of him fumbling the ball after what would have been a 42-yard gain. And
there’s the matter of a pathetic drop on a play that would have given the ball
to Dallas in Green Bay territory in the third quarter.

23. Marc Colombo, T

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.47

vs. Green Bay: Colombo will fall off this list while he recovers from a
broken fibula. The team will either miss him greatly or will find out that Doug
Free is as good as the scouts have advertised him.

22. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.57

vs. Green Bay: Unlike Bowen, Spears did not record anything against the
Packers. It does not appear that he is ever double-teamed, but he never gets
much of a push on the pass rush or in run support.

21. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 3.35

vs. Green Bay: Olshansky had a strong game, recording three tackles and two

20. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 27

Poll rating: 3.03

vs. Green Bay: "Almost Anthony" had a big game against Green Bay that could
have been bigger. He had seven tackles and an assist. Two of his tackles were
for losses. He nearly had a sack or two, and almost recorded an interception.

has a piece on Spencer as well.

19. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.11

vs. Green Bay: I moved Jones below Tashard Choice based largely on the poll
rating from last week. The team is apparently unwilling to risk an injury to
Jones, so Jones gets very few touches. He had three carries for six yards
against the Packers. Jones has become a home-run hitter who has been asked to

18. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 3.56

vs. Green Bay: The Cowboys featured Choice in the "Razorback," but since
Dallas abandoned the run so early in the game, Choice only had three touches.

17. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.80

vs. Green Bay: On several plays, the Packers brought pressure from Tony
Romo’s left. Adams did not appear to have a bad game, but it certainly was not a
dominant performance.

16. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 3.58

vs. Green Bay: Crayton had four receptions for 52 yards, though most of that
came during garbage time.

15. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 4.14

vs. Green Bay: Two of McBriar’s punts ended up inside the 20, and he had a
long punt of 51 yards.

14. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 3.78

vs. Green Bay: Gurode gave up at least two sacks when Nick Barnett blitzed up
the middle.

13. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 3.63

vs. Green Bay: Hard to tell whether the Cowboys could rush up the middle, but
the Packers were able to get pressure on Tony Romo up the middle. On at least
three plays, Kosier did not block anyone.

12. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 3.84

vs. Green Bay: Similar to Gurode and Kosier, Davis’ value took a bit of a hit
because the team had trouble with pressure coming up the middle.

11. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 3.88

vs. Green Bay: James led the team with 11 combined tackles. He had a lower
poll rating last week, so I dropped him a few spots. He has been solid as far as
making tackles, but he isn’t making any big plays. He has made one tackle for a
loss all season and still only has one sack.

10. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 4.08

vs. Green Bay: Witten had five receptions for 47 yards. Half of the people
who participated in

my poll earlier this week
think that Jason Garrett is not using Witten

9. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 4.03

vs. Green Bay: Though the Packers have plenty of weapons, none of them really
hurt the Cowboys thanks to the play of Newman and Mike Jenkins. Newman finished
the game with eight tackles.

8. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 4.18

vs. Green Bay: Sensabaugh had two tackles and an assist against the Packers.

7. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 4.41

vs. Green Bay: Jenkins suffered a bruised bicep and missed several plays
against the Packers. When he went out, the Packers picked on Scandrick, who was
called for two penalties. Jenkins looks like a player who will become an elite

6. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 4.08

vs. Green Bay: Brooking had five tackles and five assists.

5. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Green Bay: Barber was active early, but then the game stopped using the
run altogether.

4. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 4

Poll rating: 4.21

vs. Green Bay: Austin was a step in front of Atari Bigby on the Cowboys’
first drive, but Tony Romo’s pass went over Austin’s head. Austin was seldom
targeted after that and did not record his first reception until the fourth

3. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.34

vs. Green Bay: Romo had trouble getting on track all game. Much of that was
the result of pressure that the Packers put on Romo, but Romo also made some bad

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.32

vs. Green Bay: Ware recorded two sacks, which was expected against the
Packers. Ware now has seven sacks on the season and is on pace to finish with

1. Jay Ratliff, NT
Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.80

vs. Green Bay: Ratliff only had one tackle and one assist, but it was clear
that the Packers had to account for him. Given his poll rating of 4.80 out of 5,
I had to elevate him to #1 this week.

  • This team always takes a big step backwards every time Jerry Jones decides he is going to call the plays, this is what I believe is happening and would explain how Jason Garrett can look like a genius several weeks in a row then suddenly can’t get any call right. We only have to think back to the things Jerry said after Jimmy Johnson left. Think about it.