Relative Value Rankings After Week 14
It was another week with few great individual performances. Players dropping this week include Nick Folk and nearly every offensive lineman. One player making a jump: WR Roy Williams, who had a pretty good game.
Martellus Bennett ended upon the inactive list due to his injury, so he fell off the rating list for at least a week.
Inactives vs. San Diego: QB Stephen McGee, S Ken Hamlin, CB Cletis Gordon, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson, TE Martellus Bennett
45. Jason Williams, LB
Last week: Inactive
vs. San Diego: Williams was active for the first time since week 5 vs. Kansas City. He did not record a tackle.
44. Michael Hamlin, S
Last week: 45
vs. San Diego: Hamlin saw a bit of action due to Pat Watkins’ knee injury, but Hamlin did not record a single tackle.
43. Pat McQuistan, T
Last week: 44
vs. San Diego: More special teams blocking.
42. Steve Octavien, LB
Last week: 43
vs. San Diego: Octavien recorded one special teams tackle.
41. Jon Kitna, QB
Last week: 42
vs. San Diego: Another week, still no action.
40. Cory Procter, C/G
Last week: 41
vs. San Diego: More special teams blocking.
39. Nick Folk, K
Last week: 31
vs. San Diego: There is plenty of sentiment that Folk should be released. Apparently, he will continue as the Cowboys’ kicker for another week.
38. John Phillips, TE
Last week: 40
vs. San Diego: Phillips was the second tight end due to Martellus Bennett’s concussion. Phillips was Tony Romo’s target on a third down play on the team’s opening drive, but Phillips was well covered.
37. Kevin Ogletree, WR
Last week: 39
vs. San Diego: Ogletree hasn’t had a reception since week 10 vs. Green Bay. He also did not have a return or a special teams tackle.
36. Sam Hurd, WR
Last week: 37
vs. San Diego: Hurd’s last reception was the 36-yard touchdown against the Seahawks. He recorded one special teams tackle and one assist against the Chargers.
35. Victor Butler, LB
Last week: 38
vs. San Diego: Butler recorded two defensive tackles and an assist on special teams. He replaced DeMarcus Ware when Ware went out with an injury. The drop-off in quality was significant.
34. Pat Watkins, S
Last week: 30
vs. San Diego: Watkins suffered a knee injury and will miss two to four weeks.
33. L.P. Ladouceur, LS
Last week: 36
vs. San Diego: Nobody has suggested that the field goal problems fall on Ladouceur. The snap on Nick Folk’s missed field goal looked fine.
32. Deon Anderson, FB
Last week: 35
vs. San Diego: There were some suggestions last week that Anderson should be more involved with the ball, but that didn’t happen against the Chargers.
31. Jason Hatcher, DE
Last week: 34
vs. San Diego: Hatcher recorded one assist against San Diego.
30. Junior Siavii, DT
Last week: 33
vs. San Diego: Siavii recorded one tackle.
29. David Buehler, K
Last week: 32
vs. San Diego: Two of Buehler’s kickoffs went into the end zone, and one was downed for a touchback. Buehler is not likely to kick field goals this week, but the team has taken a look at him.
28. Alan Ball, S
Last week: 28
vs. San Diego: Ball had four tackles and two assists. He also made a nice play on a deep pass to Malcom Floyd. Overall, it was not a bad game for Ball.
27. Orlando Scandrick, CB
Last week: 26
vs. San Diego: Scandrick had one tackle on special teams. He wasn’t torched as bad as Terence Newman was.
26. Bobby Carpenter, LB
Last week: 27
vs. San Diego: Carpenter had three tackles.
25. Stephen Bowen, DE
Last week: 29
vs. San Diego: Late in the first half, Bowen recorded a sack near midfield, which helped to prevent the Chargers from scoring before the half.
24. Tashard Choice, RB
Last week: 23
vs. San Diego: Two carries, 11 yards. He is not going to get many opportunities.
23. Doug Free, T
Last week: 25
vs. San Diego: The Chargers ran some blitzes from the right side of the Cowboys’ line. Free wasn’t beaten badly, but the pressure was certainly there.
22. Kyle Kosier, G
Last week: 19
vs. San Diego: Kosier was called for illegal hands to the face in the first quarter, which nearly ruined the team’s first drive of the game. None of the linemen had a good game.
21. Flozell Adams, T
Last week: 20
vs. San Diego: Adams wasn’t called for a penalty, which is a good thing. No offensive lineman deserves much credit this week, though.
20. Marcus Spears, DE
Last week: 21
vs. San Diego: Spears had three tackles, including one for a loss on LaDainian Tomlinson.
19. Patrick Crayton, WR
Last week: 16
vs. San Diego: Crayton scored late in the game, but that was during mop-up duty.
18. Leonard Davis, G
Last week: 14
vs. San Diego: Three runs from the one-yard line went right behind Davis. All three failed. Enough said.
17. Andre Gurode, C
Last week: 13
vs. San Diego: Gurode wasn’t any better than Davis in moving the San Diego line around.
16. Gerald Sensabaugh, S
Last week: 11
vs. San Diego: This was Sensabaugh’s worst game with the Cowboys. His pass interference on Malcom Floyd set up San Diego’s first touchdown. Sensabaugh was also burned on Antonio Gates’ touchdown that put the Chargers on top for good.
15. Terence Newman, CB
Last week: 10
vs. San Diego: Yes, Newman had a pick that gave the Cowboys a chance to score late in the second quarter. But Newman also had all sorts of problems with Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson.
14. Roy Williams, WR
Last week: 22
vs. San Diego: Williams had 74 yards on four receptions, including a 25-yarder that set up the Cowboys’ first touchdown.
13. Felix Jones, RB
Last week: 18
vs. San Diego: Jones had a nice opening kickoff, gaining 41 yards on the return. It set up the Cowboys’ field goal. Jones led the team with 51 yards on 10 carries.
12. Mat McBriar, P
Last week: 17
vs. San Diego: Three punts, 50.3-yard average. And it turns out that McBriar wasn’t the problem on field goals.
11. Marion Barber, RB
Last week: 9
vs. San Diego: No chest-pumping when the team’s leading running back can’t gain a yard to tie the game. Barber only had 47 yards on 14 carries.
10. Igor Olshansky, DE
Last week: 15
vs. San Diego: Three solos and two assists, with one tackle for a loss. Solid.
9. Bradie James, LB
Last week: 12
vs. San Diego: Two solos with three assists. Nothing great, but nothing bad.
8. Mike Jenkins, CB
Last week: 7
vs. San Diego: Jenkins didn’t have a great game, but he was in better position to make plays than Newman was. Jenkins looked awfully short against the likes of Vincent Jackson, who made a great reception over the top of Jenkins late in the first quarter.
7. Anthony Spencer, LB
Last week: 8
vs. San Diego: Spencer had another good game with five solos and an assist. It will be interesting to see how he performs if DeMarcus Ware can’t play against New Orleans.
6. Jason Witten, TE
Last week: 6
vs. San Diego: Witten was back to his usual form: four receptions, 49 yards, no touchdowns.
5. Keith Brooking, LB
Last week: 5
vs. San Diego: Brooking led the team in tackles with six solos and an assist. But it turns out that his leadership hasn’t made much of a difference now that it is December.
4. Jay Ratliff, NT
Last week: 3
vs. San Diego: Ratliff only had one tackle and one assist against the Chargers. Dallas needed more.
3. Miles Austin, WR
Last week: 1
vs. San Diego: Austin had six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. One of the forgotten plays occurred early in the game. With Dallas facing a 2nd-and-22 from the Dallas 47, Romo found Austin for 18 yards to help keep the drive alive. Those are the types of plays that make Austin so valuable.
2. Tony Romo, QB
Last week: 4
vs. San Diego: Romo has performed quite well in two consecutive December games. The numbers: 60 of 85, 641 yards, 5 TD, 0 Int. Passer rating of 111.9. That’s solid.
1. DeMarcus Ware, LB
Last week: 2
vs. San Diego: Scary moment with Ware being carted off in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had no clue how to stop the Chargers once Ware went out, which shows just how valuable Ware is.