Fantasy spin: Cowboys release WR Owens

In a move that had been rumored the entire offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have finally decided to part ways with the controversial Terrell Owens.

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The move will shake up the fantasy value of several prominent players, including Tony Romo.

Because he still has talented options on offense, none more prominent than Marion Barber, Roy E. Williams and Jason Witten, Romo won’t experience a drastic decrease in production.

However, fantasy owners should now look for him to be drafted after Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

With Owens no longer in Big D, Williams goes from a No. 3 fantasy wide receiver to a top-12 player at the position. A talented receiver with great hands, Williams could be on the verge of the best season of his NFL career.

Miles Austin becomes the favorite to start opposite Williams and is now a low-end sleeper candidate in fantasy land. Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd and Isaiah Stanback will also be in the mix.

Of course, this could all be moot if team owner Jerry Jones adds a veteran wideout to replace Owens.

Marvin Harrison, who entered the league the same season as Owens, is still a free agent. Bobby Engram, Joey Galloway and Jerry Porter are a few of the other bigger names also still on the market.

As for Owens, early reports suggest no one team is interest in him because of the circus that accompanies his arrival.

While his value for 2009 will depend in part on where he lands (if a team decides to roll the dice), it’s hard to envision a scenario where Owens isn’t at least a high-end No. 2 fantasy wideout.

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