Marion Barber and Roy Williams have become victims of depth in Dallas, as both are expected to be cut by Big D.
Barber’s exodus offers little surprise, as the former Gopher was relegated to the sidelines thanks to the emergence of Felix Jones in 2010. With rookie DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice providing more cost-effective options in the backfield, it’s easy to see why the pricy Barber became expendable.
With Barber out of the mix, Jones’ value receives a small bump, as Barber’s absence allocates more touches and opportunities near the goal line. While Murray and Choice will be relegated to backup or third-down duty, both are solid handcuff choices in the later rounds. As for Barber, his 47 touchdowns in six seasons will undoubtedly entice a franchise to give him a shot, but don’t expect him in a starting role anytime soon.
The departure of Williams will probably grab the majority of the headlines, puzzling since the much-maligned wideout has submitted just one 1,000-yard campaign in seven seasons. However, with Williams out of the picture, Dez Bryant suddenly emerges as a possible fantasy force. Although more notorious for his exploits off the field rather than on it, Bryant looked dazzling at times in 2010 and posted 561 yards and six touchdowns. If Bryant can stay out of trouble, he could easily vault himself into the top 15 at his position.
Also benefitting will be Miles Austin and Jason Witten, already two of the premiere targets in the Dallas passing game. Without the distraction of the occasionally boisterous Williams, both should be able to elevate their game.
Regarding the fate of Williams, someone will take a flyer in hopes of revitalizing his career. Yet don’t expect Williams to be relevant in fantasy, as he’ll likely be a fourth option at best in another’s passing scheme.