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Fantasy football: Felix Jones remains risky play as Cowboys take on Falcons

Fantasy football leagues enter the stretch run starting in Week 9, and members of the Cowboys could help your team move closer toward a playoff berth.

Tom Pennington

It's officially Week 9 in the NFL, and consequently, it's the beginning of the stretch run in fantasy leagues around the world.

Sunday night's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons will likely have major fantasy implications, as both the Cowboys and Falcons boast high-scoring fantasy players.

Tony Romo remains a must-start. Yes, he's struggled with turnovers, but he's still got a world of talent, and three legitimate weapons to throw to. Romo's numbers will be there at the end of the year, and there's no reason to bench him, unless you've a better option -- which is unlikely.

Felix Jones is a fringe RB2 and sold flex option. I don't put a lot of trust into Jones, but he is facing a Falcons run defense that ranks 26th in the league. If you're in a bind, you probably can do worse than Jones -- but just don't be shocked if he runs the ball 12 times for 33 yards.

Both Dez Bryant and Miles Austin should be considered must-starts. Bryant is the legitimate WR1, and Austin is the WR2 in terms of fantasy purposes.

Jason Witten has become a must-start throughout the year as well, and should continue to see plenty of targets from Romo. Atlanta's pass defense has been tough this year (No. 10 in the league), but Witten should see his targets.

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