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Is Cowboys Receiver Laurent Robinson Worth A Start?

So you’ve picked up Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson off the waiver wire. Now the question is do you start him this week against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

It depends on which Buffalo Bills pass defense are we going to see?

It has been a tale of two pass defenses for Buffalo this season. Four out of the first five weeks they were terrible, the last three they have been pretty solid.

In Week 1, the Bills allowed just six catches for 51 yards to five receivers in a blowout win against Kansas City. However, the next four weeks, Buffalo gave up some big days to receivers. Oakland’s Denarius Moore went 5-146-1, New England’s Wes Welker went 16-217-2, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green went 4-118-0 and Philadelphia’s Jason Avant went 9-139-0.

The Bills then seemingly put at least a bandage on some of the pass defense’s hemorrhaging when they held a pass-happy New York Giants team to just 11 catches and 164 yards amongst six receivers. Hakeem Nicks led the team that day with four catches for 96 yards.

It kick started a run over the last three games where no receiver has caught more than five balls, no other receiver, outside of Nicks’ 96, has gone over 79 yards and only one receiving TD (Santonio Holmes barely) has been allowed.

With injuries to Dez Bryant and Miles Austin throughout the season and Robinson transitioning in rather smoothly, the Cowboys still have the No. 7-ranked passing attack (279.5 YPG) in the NFL. The Bills don’t bring productive pressure (15 sacks ranked for 25th in NFL) but they do produce interceptions (15 ranked 2nd in NFL).

This week’s matchup is on the shoulders of Romo, who hasn’t thrown a pick in 64 attempts (jinx), and then on the height of Bryant (6-2) and Robinson (6-2) against the height of Buffalo cornerbacks Drayton Florence (6-0), Leodis McKelvin (5-10) and Terrence McGee (5-9).

Robinson already has two five-catch games for the Cowboys and two TDs— each coming in the last two games. He should fill in nicely as a starting receiver for the injured Austin (hamstring). Bryant has been a little flaky this season, but there is no denying his talent. He has 45 catches for 561 yards and six scores this season. Perhaps he will shine when the No. 1 spotlight is squarely on his No. 88 this weekend.

Plus, the threat of RB DeMarco Murray in the Cowboy backfield will certainly open up things for Bryant and Robinson.

All of these factors mean this is a start ’em if you’ve got ’em week for any Cowboys on your roster.

By Corby. A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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