The Dallas Cowboys (2-1) held on to win a tough game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, despite a late surge by the Bucs. Here is a look at the fantasy football heroes and zeroes of the Week 3 NFL game between the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers.
Quarterbacks: Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo was the better of the two quarterbacks, although he was not a great fantasy option. Romo finished with 283 yards, one interception and no touchdowns, for a total of 12 fantasy points. Josh Freeman threw a touchdown and an interception on a very low 110 passing yards. In standard scoring leagues, he didn't even reach double digits.
Running Backs: DeMarco Murray of the Cowboys was the leading rusher in the game, but only ran for 38 yards with one touchdown. He also added three receptions for 17 yards, barely a double-digit fantasy star in most leagues. Doug Martin ran for 53 yards and added two receptions for 21 yards, finishing in single digit scoring for most leagues.
Wide Receivers: Miles Austin was the star of the game for fantasy football owners, with five receptions for 107 yards before leaving with an injury. In PPR leagues, he finished with 15 points, with even more in leagues that give bonus points for 100-yard games. Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree also both finished with double-digits in PPR leagues. Mike Williams was the best Tampa Bay had to offer with only two receptions for 33 yards.
Tight Ends: Neither team had a tight end that impressed in fantasy leagues. Jason Witten only caught two receptions for eight yards while Dallas Clark finished with one catch for no yards. Witten should not start in fantasy until he fully recovers from his injured spleen.
Kickers: Dan Bailey hit three field goals and one PAT for a 10-point day. Connor Barth only hit one field goal and one PAT for four points in the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers game.
Defense: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense finished with four sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries, a nice defensive performance, 10-points in standard leagues. The Dallas Cowboys finished with two sacks, one fumble recoveries and one interception to finish with six points. It was the defenses that proved the fantasy MVPs of the game.