Ranks reax: Cowboys' O will bounce back 

November, 2, 2011
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Fantasy owners should never carry a grudge with certain players based on one really bad game. The Dallas Cowboys are indeed coming off an ugly blowout loss to a division opponent Sunday night, but check out the next five opponents: the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals. Wow, that's very favorable. I don't see any defensive juggernauts there, which is why there's no better time to trade for Cowboys wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.

I ranked Tony Romo's top receiving options 10th and 11th for this week's home game against a Seahawks secondary that hardly inspires fear to anyone except Seahawks fans. Yes, for some reason Romo didn't target his top guys much against the Philadelphia Eagles -- each of them had to settle for three receptions -- but I'd hardly call this the team's plan moving forward. Plus, when cameras picked up Bryant and Austin complaining to others on the sideline late in the game, it was a sure harbinger to me that better things are to come.

[+] EnlargeDez Bryant, Miles Austin
Matthew Emmons/US PresswireMiles Austin and Dez Bryant still make for a formidable fantasy duo, regardless of what last week's stats suggest.
We're in Week 9, and we have a far better idea than in early September which defenses are legit and which aren't. The Seahawks' D isn't notably bad, not like the St. Louis Rams' defense, which allowed DeMarco Murray to embarrass it for 253 rushing yards in Week 7, and the Seahawks have actually done a decent job against quarterbacks this season, ranking in the top 10 for fewest fantasy points allowed. But look at the quarterbacks they've faced: Only Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger could be considered top-10 options. That's what I would call a misleading stat. Romo is the best fantasy quarterback the Seahawks will face until Michael Vick in Week 13.

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