Relative Value Rankings After Week 15
After the Cowboys’ week 7 win over the Falcons, I ranked Nick Folk #24 in the Relative Value Rankings. At that point, I noted:
Folk was automatic again, kicking three field goals. One of the kicks was 46 yards. Solid.
That marked the last time that Folk was either automatic or solid as the kicker for the Cowboys. He was replaced earlier this week by Shaun Suisham, which creates a bit of a quandary for this week’s rankings. Should Suisham be rated higher than #39, which is where Folk was ranked last week? I went the other direction.
In last week’s post, I asked two questions. The first was which Cowboy should be ranked #1, and Tony Romo dominated the voting.
Released: K Nick Folk (#39 last week)
Inactives vs. San Diego: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins (#34 last week), CB Cletis Gordon, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson, TE Martellus Bennett
45. Cory Procter, C/G
Last week: 40
vs. New Orleans: Procter didn’t play at all against the Saints. Too hard not to rank him last when he didn’t step on the field (unless he were, of course, the backup quarterback).
44. Shaun Suisham, K
Last week: n/a
I fully realize that this is very harsh, but Suisham is in a tough position this week. He simply cannot miss. On the other hand, he could easily be the hero by making all of his kicks. I am ranking him here just to reserve judgment.
43. Michael Hamlin, S
Last week: 44
vs. New Orleans: The younger Hamlin once again played on special teams, but he did not record a tackle.
42. Pat McQuistan, T
Last week: 43
vs. New Orleans: Unlike Procter, McQuistan played.
41. Steve Octavien, LB
Last week: 42
vs. New Orleans: Octavien did not record a tackle against the Saints.
40. Jason Williams, LB
Last week: 45
vs. New Orleans: Williams had two tackles against the Saints, both on special teams.
39. Jon Kitna, QB
Last week: 41
vs. New Orleans: Kitna still hasn’t played. At this point, we don’t want to see him.
38. Victor Butler, LB
Last week: 35
vs. New Orleans: Butler was supposed to be the fill-in for DeMarcus Ware. He didn’t play as much as expected, though, and also didn’t record a single tackle.
37. Junior Siavii, DT
Last week: 30
vs. New Orleans: Siavii did not record a tackle against the Saints.
36. Jason Hatcher, DE
Last week: 31
vs. New Orleans: Hatcher recorded one tackle in his return to Louisiana.
35. L.P. Ladouceur, LS
Last week: 33
vs. New Orleans: No question that the snapping wasn’t to blame for Nick Folk’s problems.
34. David Buehler, K
Last week: 29
vs. New Orleans: Buehler kicked three of his five kickoffs into the end zone, and two were downed for touchbacks. I dropped him a few spots because he could not provide help in the field goal department.
33. Stephen Bowen, DE
Last week: 25
vs. New Orleans: After a solid game against the Chargers, Bowen did not record a tackle.
32. Deon Anderson, FB
Last week: 32
vs. New Orleans: On a day when nine different Cowboys caught passes, Anderson remained a blocking fullback.
31. Kevin Ogletree, WR
Last week: 37
vs. New Orleans: Ogletree is getting some serious attention after his 17-yard reception that gave the Cowboys the ball at the New Orleans 26 on the team’s opening drive of the second half. He finished with two receptions for 23 yards.
30. Sam Hurd, WR
Last week: 36
vs. New Orleans: Hurd caught his first pass since the Seattle game. He also recorded a tackle on special teams.
29. John Phillips, TE
Last week: 38
vs. New Orleans: Phillips caught three passes in the second half, including a 23-yarder that moved the Cowboys to the New Orleans 22 with less than five minutes remaining. It was a rather unexpected performance, but we’ll certainly take it.
28. Roy Williams, WR
Last week: 14
vs. New Orleans: Williams thinks he should be used more like Larry Fitzgerald. On a 3rd-and-4 play near midfield with his team needing to keep a drive alive, does Larry Fitzgerald drop a pass that hits him in the hands? How about any other “#1 receiver”? Frankly, I’m through with Williams, especially after that play. And to think I ranked him #14 last week!
27. Tashard Choice, RB
Last week: 24
vs. New Orleans: One carry, four yards. He isn’t getting any chances.
26. Alan Ball, S
Last week: 28
vs. New Orleans: Ball did not start at safety with the return of Ken Hamlin. Ball recorded one tackle on special teams.
25. Orlando Scandrick, CB
Last week: 27
vs. New Orleans: Scandrick led the team with seven solo tackles, with several of those tackles coming on short passes over the middle. Scandrick committed a costly penalty in the third quarter when he was called for illegal hands to the face, which negated an Anthony Spencer sack on a third down play. Dallas eventually forced the Saints to punt, though.
24. Bobby Carpenter, LB
Last week: 26
vs. New Orleans: Carpenter recorded two tackles and one pass defense, and a few people thought he had a good game. I thought he got torched by backup tight end David Thomas. Moreover, Reggie Bush ran right by Carpenter on the play when Bush injured his leg.
23. Ken Hamlin, S
Last week: Injured
vs. New Orleans: Hamlin returned from a high ankle sprain to record five solo tackles against the Saints.
22. Marcus Spears, DE
Last week: 20
vs. New Orleans: Spears was around the ball at little bit more than usual, but he only managed to record one assist.
21. Doug Free, T
Last week: 23
vs. New Orleans: Free hurt one drive with a holding call. Romo felt some pressure from his right, but Free was no worse than Flozell Adams in terms of pass protection.
20. Flozell Adams, T
Last week: 21
vs. New Orleans: Flozell was called for a holding penalty along with a facemask penalty. He also tackled Marion Barber in the end zone after Barber had scored (!). On top of that, Will Smith ran right by Adams to sack Tony Romo. Not a great game for Flozell.
19. Patrick Crayton, WR
Last week: 19
vs. New Orleans: Crayton made a great catch in the first quarter to give Dallas the ball in New Orleans territory at a time when Dallas already led 14-0. Unfortunately, the Cowboys could go no further on the drive. Crayton did not have another catch all game, and his punt returning has been mediocre at best for the past several weeks.
18. Mat McBriar, P
Last week: 12
vs. New Orleans: McBriar averaged only 36.2 yards on five punts, and only one of his punts landed inside the 20.
17. Kyle Kosier, G
Last week: 22
vs. New Orleans: The Cowboys had success running the ball up the middle, thanks in part to Kosier. He also did not commit a penalty.
16. Leonard Davis, G
Last week: 18
vs. New Orleans: See Kosier.
15. Andre Gurode, C
Last week: 17
vs. New Orleans: See Kosier, Davis.
14. Gerald Sensabaugh, S
Last week: 16
vs. New Orleans: Sensabaugh didn’t have a bad game, which was good given his dreadful performance against San Diego. He had one solo and one assist against the Saints.
13. Igor Olshansky, DE
Last week: 10
vs. New Orleans: Olshansky had one tackle against the Saints.
12. Terence Newman, CB
Last week: 15
vs. New Orleans: Newman didn’t let any of the New Orleans receivers get the best of him, which was an improvement over last week. He had three tackles and a pass defense.
11. Felix Jones, RB
Last week: 13
vs. New Orleans: Jones had 14 carries for 57 yards, and several people thought he should have carried the ball more. His kick returns have also improved, as he averaged 30 yards on three returns.
10. Jason Witten, TE
Last week: 6
vs. New Orleans: Witten had five receptions for 44 yards, which has become very typical for him. He also dropped a pass or two and committed an offensive pass interference penalty, though the penalty was declined because the Saints accepted Flozell Adams’ facemask penalty. Witten is turning into much more of a workhorse than a weapon.
9. Bradie James, LB
Last week: 9
vs. New Orleans: James had six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and a pass defense. He is quietly doing his job.
8. Marion Barber, RB
Last week: 11
vs. New Orleans: Barber had 17 carries for 62 yards and two short touchdown runs. He ran hard and managed not to pound his chest with every four-yard gain.
7. Jay Ratliff, NT
Last week: 4
vs. New Orleans: Ratliff didn’t manage a tackle or a sack, but he recovered Drew Brees’ final fumble of the game.
6. Mike Jenkins, CB
Last week: 8
vs. New Orleans: Jenkins looks more and more like an elite corner. He recorded three pass defenses against the Saints and picked off Drew Brees to end a drive just after the two-minute warning near the end of the first half.
5. Keith Brooking, LB
Last week: 5
vs. New Orleans: Brooking had five solo tackles and three assists. He nearly had a couple of sacks as well.
4. Anthony Spencer, LB
Last week: 7
vs. New Orleans: The nickname “Almost Anthony” stuck until the Green Bay game. Since then, he has made us forget all about Greg Ellis. His stats against the Saints: five solos, one assist, two sacks, two tackles for losses, three QB hurries, and a fumble recovery.
3. Miles Austin, WR
Last week: 3
vs. New Orleans: On a national stage, Austin showed he was just as dangerous as all the weapons on the field. He had 7 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown.
2. DeMarcus Ware, LB
Last week: 1
vs. New Orleans: Ware’s recovery from a neck sprain may turn out to be the stuff of legend. He picked up two huge sacks and caused two huge fumbles.
1. Tony Romo, QB
Last week: 2
vs. New Orleans: Tip of the hat to those who voted last week. As great as Ware was last week, Romo deserves the #1 spot for a week. He recorded his 23rd career 300-yard game, including his seventh of the 2009 season.