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Fantasy owners are going to spend a lot of time come draft day calling the names of Dallas Cowboys’ offensive players.

From Tony Romo to Jason Witten and everything in between, Dallas is full of fantasy football stars — potentially — heading into the 2010 season. The passing game is potent, led by Romo, Witten and Miles Austin and augmented by Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton and rookie Dez Bryant.

But the running game, substantial in its own right, deserves more attention from fantasy owners during training camp.

Rumors started earlier this offseason that Felix Jones would steal the reigns of the starting job from Marion Barber. While that remains to be seen so far during training camp (in fact, Barber has been getting starting reps so far), both of these runners — and third-string running back Tashard Choice — figure to get a lot of playing time in 2010.

So how will this shake out?

Chances are Jones and Barber will split time pretty evenly, with Barber getting the bulk of the short-yardage and goal-line opportunities. Choice will be used as a change-of-pace back and in passing situations. The Cowboys also have used Choice in Wildcat formations in the past, and could team him up with Jones for a speedy and elusive backfield.

The good news for fantasy owners about these three backs is that each’s presence will limit the fantasy value of the others. So fantasy owners should be able to get good value on draft day if/when they select a Dallas running back.

Here are today’s great reads:

  • Fantasy drafts will be filled with players drafted who currently are flying below the radar. Most of these are players most fantasy owners have written off for one reason or another. Make sure to check your bias at the door and take the best players with the best potential for this season! [Fantasy Guru]
  • Those with upcoming fantasy drafts — all of us?!? — need to start preparing ASAP. Like today. For starters, you can read this five questions every fantasy owner must answer before draft day. [The Fifth Down]
  • Sticking with the fantasy football draft prep theme, draft strategy is always a touchy subject among fantasy owners. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks. But if your old strategy does not seem to be working anymore, consider some alternative draft strategies. [FFToolBox]
  • Fantasy owners can set up a killer starting lineup with their first few picks, but the choices made in the middle rounds could make or break a fantasy season. Make sure to target a few of these mid-round value picks at your fantasy draft. [National Football Post]

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