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What to do with Jason Witten in Week 5 fantasy football

Jason Witten has surprised fantasy football owners since coming out of retirement. We look at whether you should play or fade the Cowboys’ TE this week.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten runs after a reception in the third quarter against Miami Dolphins safety Walt Aikens at AT&T Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After leaving the booth to return to the Cowboys, many overlooked Jason Witten heading into this season. There was no way a 37-year-old could lace ‘em up again and be fantasy football relevant, right? Nope, we were totally wrong (which is common in this business). Now, Witten hasn’t looked like the Pro Bowler he once was, but he also hasn’t played like a pedestrian either.

Through four games, Witten ranks fourth on the Cowboys in targets (16) and receiving yards (144). In fact, he has just as many TDs (2) as Randall Cobb, Michael Gallup and Devin Smith combined. The big thing though is consistency; Witten has at least four targets in all four games in 2019. This is exactly what you’re looking for out of a TE you most likely picked up off the waiver wire.

Fantasy football analysis, Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten

Outside of Thursday night’s clunker, the Packers’ defense has been rock solid this season. Through the first four weeks, Green Bay has allowed 16 receptions for 137 yards to opposing TEs, roughly a 4-34 line per game. Hey! That’s almost right in line with Witten’s averages! So with that in mind, we can pencil the veteran in for say 7-8 fantasy points against the Packers. If you’re OK with that type of production, by all means roll Witten out there. If not, probably a good idea to bench him. I’d say he’s a desperation TE2 play and has a floor that won’t absolutely kill your lineup. My guess is you’ve got better options.

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