Jason Witten's First-Team Snap Count Could Make Him Viable Fantasy Football Option in 2019 Season

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A year ago at this time, most of the discussion surrounding Jason Witten centered around his potential as a color analyst on ESPN's "Monday Night Football." But now that he's back from his short-lived retirement, it's time to start discussing his fantasy value for the upcoming NFL season once again.

Witten provides immediate fantasy TE1 upside, as he has reportedly been taking just about every one of the Dallas Cowboys' first-team snaps early in OTAs.

The Cowboys had a difficult time finding consistent production from tight ends last year. Neither Blake Jarwin nor Rico Gathers were able to do much for the Cowboys, and Dallas failed to amass more than 400 total receiving yards from all of their TEs combined.

After failing to acquire depth at the position through the NFL Draft or free agency, coaxing Witten out of retirement appears to be quite the positive for Cowboys' fans. Despite being out of football for a whole season, the 37-year-old Witten has the potential produce immediately for the Cowboys, as there is very little competition for him at the position.

Over the course of his 15-year NFL career (all with Dallas), Witten has amassed 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. According to recent reports, Witten is already building a rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott, who he played just one season with prior to his retirement.

If Witten can come close to his career averages of 829.9 yards and 4.5 touchdowns per season, he'll certainly be a player fantasy owners should consider having in their lineups every week.

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