Fantasy roster projection for 2010: RB2 at best, flex or solid bench RB at worst.
Fantasy roster projection for 2010: definite WR1
Fantasy roster projection for 2010: WR3 at best, most likely a bench option
Fantasy roster projection for 2010: Starting TE
Fantasy roster projection for 2010: Potential starting Kicker (take a wait and see approach)
Cons: Brutal schedule, shaky pass defense, lack of interceptions.
The bad: The biggest knock on the Cowboys D in ’09 was a poor pass defense that ranked just 20th in the NFL and produced a meager 11 interceptions. As the only glaring weakness on defense, Dallas did little to nothing to address the sub-par play of their secondary and it remains an issue of concern for 2010, especially considering they will face some of the NFL’s best passing attacks in the upcoming season.
The ugly: America’s Team will surely have their hands full in 2010 as their schedule is considered by many to be the most difficult in the NFL. Already having to face a challenging division schedule that includes both home and away games against the Giants, Eagles and Redskins; Dallas will also go up against offensive heavy weights New Orleans (home), Indianapolis (away), Green Bay (away), Minnesota (away) and Houston (away). Home games against Chicago, Tennessee and Jacksonville may not be a cakewalk either. The Bears offense should be much improved under new Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz and stopping the likes of the Titans’ Chris Johnson and the Jag’s Maurice Jones Drew will prove difficult. With the exception of maybe Detroit, there are no cupcakes on this brutal schedule.
Conclusion: There is plenty to like about the Cowboys defense and special teams, but quite frankly, their schedule scares the hell out of us. Even if everyone stays healthy and the secondary shows vast improvement, there is no way the Cowboys (or any other defense in the NFL for that matter) will be able to hold the collective offensive juggernauts on this schedule to under 16 points per game as they did in 2009. The 2010 edition of the Dallas Cowboys D/ST is no doubt one of the better groups in the NFL talent wise, but from a fantasy perspective, you will probably be best served avoiding them on draft day. One glance at the schedule and we think you will agree.