Relative Value Rankings After Week 12

The Cowboys’ offense had a resurgence this week, but few players made huge leaps forward. On the other side of the ball, Anthony Spencer continues to impress and has moved up to #9.

Most of the complaints about these rankings have focused on my treatment of injured players. After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to remove any inactive player from the list, even if that inactive player will return later this season. Thus, Ken Hamlin does not appear on this week’s ranking, even though he should return soon.

Inactives vs. Oakland: QB Stephen McGee, S Ken Hamlin, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB
Curtis Johnson

45. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Oakland: McQuistan has replaced Doug Free on special teams. At least he’s active.

44. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.40

vs. Oakland: Hamlin was active for the second time this season against the Raiders. He recorded a tackle on a kickoff return following Felix Jones’
touchdown run.

43. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Oakland: Octavien showed up on the television screen, but he did not show up in the stat column.

42. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Oakland: Tony Romo may end up taking every snap this season, so Kitna hasn’t done anything more than Stephen McGee.

41. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 2.14

vs. Oakland: Procter remains a special teams player and nothing else.

40. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Oakland: Blocking tight end. Nothing remarkable to note.

39. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.29

vs. Oakland: Butler did not manage a tackle against the Raiders. He has done very little to note since sacking Donovan McNabb.

38. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Oakland: Nick Folk missed another field goal, but it had nothing to do with the snap.

37. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 37

Poll rating: 2.10

vs. Oakland: Ogletree turned heads by making some big plays on bubble screen passes in a couple of earlier games. He turned more heads in a negative sort of way when he dropped a punt against the Raiders. That’s a good way to become inactive again.

36. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 2.40

vs. Oakland: Hurd managed one tackle on special teams. He hasn’t caught a pass since scoring against the Seahawks.

35. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 35

Poll rating: 2.56

vs. Oakland: Anderson made a solid block on Raider linebacker Kirk Morrison in the first quarter, which helped to spring Tashard Choice on a 66-yard run out of the Razorback. On the next play, though, Anderson was called for holding.

34. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.14

vs. Oakland: Hatcher managed a solo tackle and an assist against the Raiders. He has not made headlines, but Hatcher can make plays from time to time. He very
nearly recorded a sack, but Anthony Spencer got to Bruce Gradkowski just before Hatcher.

33. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 2.56

vs. Oakland: Siavii did not manage a tackle against the Raiders.

32. David Buehler, K

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.80

vs. Oakland: Five kickoffs, with three in the end zone and three touchbacks. Solid.

31. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Oakland: Folk missed yet another field goal. Though the 49-yarder hit the upright, a miss is a miss. This marked the third consecutive game that Folk has missed a field goal.

30. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 2.60

vs. Oakland: Watkins recorded a defensive tackle and a special teams tackle. His play on the coverage units is especially impressive when you can watch the entire field at a live game.

29. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Oakland: Bowen recorded one tackle on defense.

28. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Oakland: Ball recorded one tackle. He nearly had an interception when he stepped in front of a Bruce Gradkowski pass early in the second quarter. The negatives: he gave up the Raiders’ lone touchdown pass, and he was called for holding on a punt return.

27. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 1.50

vs. Oakland: Two receptions, 15 yards. He might have been the victim of pass interference on one play, and he managed to make two very nice receptions. The second of those was for a touchdown and put the game away. That said, he appears to have trouble getting off the line.

26. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.20

vs. Oakland: Surprisingly, Carpenter did not record a tackle against the Raiders.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.30

vs. Oakland: Scandrick recorded two tackles and one pass defense.

24. Doug Free, T

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.30

vs. Oakland: Trevor Scott recorded two sacks, and at least one of those was on Free. Otherwise, Free appeared to do a good job on run blocking, though he had help from Bennett and Witten.

23. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.89

vs. Oakland: Just as soon as you think Bennett will get more involved with the offense, Jason Witten reemerges, and Bennett goes without a reception. I moved Bennett up a spot because he helped Free on the blocking scheme.

22. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 2.82

vs. Oakland: Choice made a great play when he lined up in the Razorback, found a seam, and took off for a 66-yard gain. He ran out of gas towards the end, though, and the play only set up a field goal. Earlier, Choice also made a nice tackle on a punt return.

21. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.33

vs. Oakland: Spears make one solo tackle and one assist. His value is probably best judged by some factor other than stats, but it is tough to make figure out what this is. He does not always command a double-team, so it must be something else.

20. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.36

vs. Oakland: In the second quarter, Tony Romo found Marion Barber in the flat, and Barber raced 42 yards to the Oakland 28. Next play: False start, #76, offense. You should have heard the groans.

19. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 3.40

vs. Oakland: Kosier had a role in both of the Cowboys’ long runs (Choice’s first-quarter run and Jones’ touchdown run). However, Kosier also committed two costly penalties, including one for illegal hands to the face, which moved the team out of field goal range.

18. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Oakland: Jones outplayed fellow Razorback Darren McFadden. Felix scored on a 46-yard touchdown run and finished the game with 68 yards on 7 carries. He’s about to lose the "Fragile Felix" nickname, though he did leave the field late in the game when he was poked in the eye.

17. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 3.53

vs. Oakland: Crayton had a very quiet game and did not manage to make a reception. He averaged nine yards per return on four punt returns.

16. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 3.62

vs. Oakland: Unlike Spears, Olshansky contributions are pretty noticeable. He managed three tackles against the Raiders.

15. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.71

vs. Oakland: Of six punts, four ended up inside the 20.

14. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. Oakland: James had two solo tackles and three assists against the Raiders. Solid day at the office.

13. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 3.80

vs. Oakland: The Raiders never made much of a push up the middle, and Davis did not appear to make any mistakes.

12. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 3.87

vs. Oakland: Gurode’s performance was just as strong as Davis’. Gurode had a slightly higher rating last week, so I moved him up a spot.

11. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Oakland: Witten had his first 100-yard receiving day in a year against the Raiders, which was surprising given that he was a game-time decision.

10. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. Oakland: Sensabaugh recorded four solo tackles and two assists with one pass defense.

9. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Oakland: He’s "Almost Anthony" no more! One week after recording a game-clinching interception, Spencer recorded two sacks, six solo tackles, and two assists. Two of his tackles were for losses, and he hurried the quarterback three times.

8. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 3.80

vs. Oakland: The Raiders are not especially strong at the receiver position, but Newman had a solid game.

7. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Oakland: See Terence Newman’s note.

6. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 5

Poll rating: 3.81

vs. Oakland: Barber finished with 61 yards on 14 carries. He also had a 42-yard pass reception.

5. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 4

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Oakland: Romo made the plays he needed to make. However, he was nearly picked off in the second quarter when he tried to drill a pass to Williams on a slant pattern. Fortunately for Romo, SS Tyvon Branch and DE/OLB Trevor Scott ran into one another before either could make the pick.

4. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.40

vs. Oakland: Ware only managed one sack and one tackle. However, he hurried Gradkowski four times and was in the backfield on several other plays.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 3.20

vs. Oakland: Seven receptions for 145 yards. Austin was the catalyst on several huge drives. In the second quarter, with the Cowboys facing a 3rd-and-11, Austin took a short pass and managed to plow his way forward for a first down. Two plays later, Austin caught a 27-yard pass that set up Jones’ touchdown run. Austin caught three passes on a drive later in the quarter, including a nine-yard score with less than 40 seconds left in the first half.

2. Jay Ratliff, NT
Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.44

vs. Oakland: Ratliff recorded four solos and an assist, along with one QB hurry.

1. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.94

vs. Oakland: Six solos and three assists, with one QB hurry. He has become the team’s vocal leader, and hopefully the team is listening more to him now that the season has reached December.



  • T2

    I like the changes u’ve made…

  • Jason Neighbors

    I think we saw Choice’s limitations on that 66 yard run, though- a lack of enough speed. I think it was more not having that breakaway speed than running out of gas. Even Marion has more speed, it seems. Don’t get me wrong, I love having Choice on the team and appreciate his value and effort. But some have suggested he should get more carries than Felix Jones, and even Barber, and I just don’t see the logic in that. I think the Raiders game should have demonstrated that clearly- Jones has special breakaway speed. Like Choice, he also runs very hard, getting alot of yards after contact.
    Although I agree Choice should get several plays in the game, I’d rather see him get more 1st and 2nd down carries and Barber go back to being the 3rd down back. Barber has always been a great threat out of the backfield. How many times have we seen Marion catch a ball out of the backfield on 3rd down in the past and just make it happen?

  • i think dallas backs are not doin that good they need to inprove more