Dak Prescott
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Much of the news in Dallas this season has revolved around the seemingly endless drama that Ezekiel Elliott vs. the NFL. Will he play or will the NFL be able to block him from playing. Elliott has routinely got the best of the NFL and other than his fantasy owners, most fans are tired of the drama.
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If you have gotten wrapped up in the saga, you might miss the breakout season Dak Prescott is having. In fact, if Dallas is going to pull off an upset in Atlanta this week, it will likely be on the arm and feet of Prescott. The early NFL betting odds for Week 10 has the Falcons favored in their home game.
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Prescott threw for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions as a rookie, adding 282 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
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Through eight games Prescott has 1,818 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions and 195 yards and four scores on the ground. If he can replicate those numbers in the second half of the season Prescott would finish with 3,636 yards, 32 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 390 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Quite a leap in Year 2 for the former Mississippi State star.
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Since a slow opening game (268 yards passing, 24 yards rushing, 1 passing TD), Prescott has amassed 15 touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns in the last seven games for an average of 2.7 total touchdowns per game.
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Down the stretch Prescott will get another crack at the Giants (29th in the league in passing yards allowed per game), Philadelphia twice (25th ranked) and Oakland (22nd).
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Prescott has been significantly better at home with 1,976 yards, 11 passing TDs, 200 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs at home vs. 1,691 yards, 12 passing TDs, 82 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD on the road. This year he has 1,020 yards, 9 touchdowns, 113 rushing yards, 2 TDs at home vs. 798 yards, 7 TDs, 82 yards, 2 TDs on the road. With four of the next seven games at home and Week 17, which is often after the fantasy football playoffs have wrapped up, Prescott figures to be a force down the stretch.
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If Elliott does ever lose his appeal and is forced to miss game action, the Cowboys will lean heavier on Prescott’s broad shoulders.
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Dallas is not cruising like last year with the Philadelphia Eagles holding a firm grip on the division, but they are still very much in the hunt for the wildcard and could challenge for the division if they can take both meetings against Philly.

Ezekiel Elliott
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The NFL’s decision to suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, not only affects betting odds for the Cowboys, it also affects the way fantasy players approach their draft. With the season starting next week, the biggest question on the mind of fantasy players is what to do with Ezekiel Elliot.

 

As a rookie, Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards, which is one of the reasons he was expected to be a top pick for fantasy players this year. However, the NFL suspended him for the first six games of the season as a result of their investigation into domestic violence charges against the running back.

 

The silver lining about the suspension is it makes Elliott a great value pick, but when exactly should he be drafted?

 

Before the NFL’s decision to suspend him, Elliott was projected to be a top three draft pick, but now, he is projected to be a second or third round pick on many fantasy websites.

 

On Tuesday, Elliot appealed the NFL’s decision, but most NFL insiders believe he will still have to miss some games. Even if he ends up having to sit out six games, it is still worth it to have him on your bench because you will get a lot of points when he returns.

 

In the 15 games he played last year, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 363 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Based on last year’s numbers, Elliot is still expected to rush for over 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns as well as 242 receiving yards and 1 touchdown if he sits the first six games.

 

For comparison, Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, he also had 462 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Freeman finished sixth in point-per-reception among running backs.

 

Even though Elliot isn’t as good a receiver as Freeman, his rushing skills give him the potential to finish with lower tier RB1 numbers, even if he plays in six fewer games.

 

Something you need to consider before drafting Elliot is the fact that if the suspension is upheld, he won’t be able to participate in team activities, which means even if he works out on his own, he won’t be in football shape when he returns.

 

Unless he has the same genetic makeup as Adrian Peterson, who used to skip the preseason but still finish the season as the top running back in the league, Elliott will need some time to get back into shape, which means he will likely have a slow start to the season.

 

The flip side of that is he will be fresher than most running backs when he returns, which means he won’t falter down the stretch.

 

To fill the void left by Elliott, you can draft running backs like Elliott’s Cowboys teammate Darren McFadden or Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore, who is expected to get a lot of work from the Colts as they await Andrew Luck’s return.

 

You can also take a flier out on Ameer Abdullah of the Detroit Lions, who is fully recovered from a season-ending injury that cut his 2016 campaign short, or Denver’s C.J. Anderson.

Ezekiel Elliott
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It was hardly a major surprise to see the Dallas Cowboys select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft back in May. Elliott is widely regarded as the best young offensive prospect in the National Football League and many pundits have already tipped him to go on and blossom into a very successful running back and with Dallas’ illustrious history at the position, the 21-year-old could be on the road to greatness.
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Whether you play daily or weekly fantasy games, Ezekiel Elliott is a fantastic acquisition and somebody you should consider seriously as the season draws ever closer. Last year, Elliott racked up over 2,000 yards of total offense, with 1,821 on the ground. Just imagine what he could do at Dallas with the best offensive line in the sport? Christ, they even made Darren McFadden look good at times last season…
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As your fantasy campaign approaches, punters can visit bonus.ca for the latest offers and promotions on a number of games – as well as sports betting odds on the NFL’s upcoming fixtures. Dallas were pretty poor on the whole last year but the Cowboys will believe that Elliott’s arrival gives them a fantastic chance of regaining the NFC East title despite finishing at the bottom of the division in 2015.
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Ezekiel Elliott may be a rookie but he is a talented rookie with an exceptional offensive line and that means he could be a fantasy gold mine in 2016. The Dallas Cowboys are keeping their cards close to their chest in pre-season but it is hard to imagine Alfred Morris taking too many snaps from the three-down Ohio State running back. You now face a tough choice; take Elliott in the first round or risk missing out on him if you wait until the second round.
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Jason Garrett may be the best man to take full advantage of Elliott’s skills and Dez Bryant’s presence out wide should keep the opposing defense guessing throughout the year. While the Cowboys run on the majority of first down plays, Bryant’s dominance on the flanks may give Elliott breathing space in the backfield. For example, he is unlikely to face too many blitzes from the secondary; and therefore, he should have very few tackles for a loss.
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Ezekiel Elliott comes with a reputation on the field but his fantasy reputation is also very important to avid players all over the world. The Dallas Cowboys have a real stud on their hands and most fantasy players will be expecting Garrett to unleash him on a regular basis this season. Only time will tell but Elliott is looking like the real deal and fans will be excited to see him in action.
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He probably isn’t “worth” a first round pick just yet but you might have to take him early to hold off competition from your fantasy rivals…

Alfred Morris
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Alfred Morris is staying within the NFC East as he leaves the Washington Redskins to handle lead back duties for the Dallas Cowboys.
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Morris had 751 yards and one touchdown last year to go along with 10 catches for 55 yards.
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In his first three years Morris ran for 1,610 yards and 13 touchdowns, 1,275 yards and 7 touchdowns and 1,074 yards and 8 touchdowns. Morris only has 47 receptions in four seasons for 365 yards so don’t expect him to take on a more dynamic role, but he should still be able to pound the ball with a great offensive line.
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Despite his decline each season Morris is just 27. He’ll share the load with Darren McFadden, but Morris’ presence should mean fewer carries for McFadden, though he should remain active in the passing game.
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Morris could be a RB3 or RB4 with upside if McFadden lives up to his injury prone history.


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About the only stable running back scene in the NFC East belongs to the Philadelphia Eagles. LeSean McCoy ran for 1080 yards and seven touchdowns. He added to his totals with a ridiculous 78 catches for 592 yards and two more scores. Sure, he’ll lose some touchdowns to Michael Vick, but he doesn’t have much competition from other running backs. McCoy is a solid RB1.
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Felix Jones is the lead back in Dallas, but the Cowboys fully expect to share the workload. Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray will be in the mix, but they probably won’t do enough for fantasy teams barring injury. Jones is best suited as an RB3 at this point. Marion Barber III is unlikely to return gone.
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Ahmad Bradshaw is in limbo until the lockout is settled. If he become a restricted free agent he will likely remain with the Giants. If he is unrestricted he’ll go to the highest bidder. I like his prospects better if he stays with the G-Men, but I wouldn’t shy away from him if he bolts. Bradshaw is a solid RB2 regardless. Brandon Jacobs is also in limbo. The Giants could ask him to take a paycut. Whether or not he’ll be willing to do so will determine his fantasy worth. Like Bradshaw I like Jacobs better if he returns to the Giants. He’s a solid RB3 that would get a boost in value if Bradshaw leaves.
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Then there’s Washington. Ryan Torain had some moments last year, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. He’s a big risk that should probably be no better than a RB4. Torain will have to share the load with rookie Roy Helu, who has a good chance of becoming the most productive of his class this year. Clinton Portis is unlikely to return.
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The NFC East has three established quarterbacks and one messy situation.
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Michael Vick is the number one fantasy quarterback in the division. He’s a bit of a risk in part because of injuries and in part because he’s never had a season like last year. He has the tools to succeed and the weapons around him to flourish, but we won’t know if he still has the drive to be a better quarterback. He’s easily a top tier QB1, but he has more risk than the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning. Kevin Kolb is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He could find himself traded, possibly to Arizona. He makes a decent QB2 if he’s a starter.
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Tony Romo put up big numbers when he is healthy. Dez Bryant is immature, but he gives Romo another quality weapon. He’s averaged 2699.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game over the past four years (51 games). His lack of playoff success keeps him from the Brady, Peyton, and Brees discussions, but he is possibly the best value among fantasy quarterbacks because of it.
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Eli Manning reached 4000 yards for the second straight season. Not bad for a team that historically likes to run the football. His career high of 31 touchdowns gives him an average of 29 over the past two years and 25 over the past six. He really formed a nice rapport with Hakeem Nicks and remains a solid QB1 if you want to address other needs or a high-end QB2.
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Then there is Washington. Donovan McNabb is as good as gone, which marks the second straight season he’s been sent packing. I don’t know if he’s a starting caliber quarterback anymore. Even if he finds a new gig, his fantasy days are most likely behind him. Rex Grossman could be brought back, but it appears John Beck could get a chance to show what he can do. This is a situation to avoid. Not only are the QB options mediocre at best, but they are running thin in the playmaker department.
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Tony Romo under Center
By Cy Holt
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Michael Boley’s collarbone-breaking hit on Tony Romo might have been the best thing to happen to his fantasy owners this coming year.
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Why do I say this?  Romo was lost for the year in week seven and underwent surgery to repair his shoulder. That could make fantasy owners look past him in their fantasy drafts. I mean why take a risk on a player who wasn’t healthy for more than half the year?  Why risk a pick on a quarterback whose shoulder could be damaged and could affect his throwing abilities this year?
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Good. Let them think that…
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Romo is an absolute steal in the fourth or fifth rounds of your draft. In the first  five games of 2010, the Cowboys quarterback threw for nearly 1600 yards and ten touchdowns. Romo averaged 18 fantasy points a game (ESPN standard scoring). Only one quarterback averaged more…the electrifying Michael Vick.
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Dallas QB coach Wade Wilson assured that Tony’s throwing motion was “back to normal”. He added that “he’s throwing great”. Wilson also stated that “his accuracy and acceleration are really, really good.”
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Also in Romo’s holster are three very talented wide receivers.  Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and sophomore Dez Bryant. Bryant is also coming off surgery, but he is expected to return for OTAs (assuming they have them). And did I mention one of the top tight ends in the game, Jason Witten.  Felix Jones, Marion Barber, and Tashard Choice form a three-headed monster at RB, which forces defenses to respect the run, opening up the passing game.
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The fact is many people won’t be willing to take a risk on him. But I know I will. And hopefully it will pay off.


Fitz let a lot of owners down.
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Championship Week continued as the Cardinals beat the Cowboys on Christmas in a game that likely didn’t pull too many people away from their Christmas parties.
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Let’s take a look at how last night’s game will affect your roster decisions for today’s games.
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Quarterbacks:  Jon Kitna (115 yards, TD, two INTs, seven rushing yards) had a stinker. Not only did he throw a pair of picks, he got knocked out of the game. If you started him, you’re in trouble. You may have to take some risks with your remaining roster. If you used John Skelton (183 passing yards, TD, 23 rushing yards) had a solid game for those who used him, likely in two-quarterback leagues.
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Running Backs: Felix Jones (88 total yards) was good, not great. If you were banking on a big game from Felix, you’ll need to look elsewhere for a breakout game. Tim  Hightower (29 total yards) turned in a dud, and will likely yield carries to Beanie Wells (47 yards) in the finale. Neither are good plays next week. Marion Barber III (58 yards, TD) returned, effectively ending Tashard Choice‘s (32 total yards) fantasy run.
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Wide Receivers:  Miles Austin (115 yards, TD) did his thing. Not quite enough to alter lineup plans, but he’ll make up for ground for those who didn’t meet their projections. Larry Fitzgerald (26 yards) had just one catch. He wasn’t even on Skelton’s radar as he had just three targets. Steve Breaston did not even catch a pass. Andre Roberts (110 yards, TD) stole the show, but was not in many lineups. Roy Williams was a non-factor.
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Tight EndsJason Witten (45 yards, TD) did not have one of his monster weeks, but he was good enough, especially in PPR leagues..
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Kickers:  David Buehler did not take the day off as he kicked two long field goals (42, 53) and twp PATs. Hopefully his missed PAT does not cost you. Jay Feely had three PATs through three quarters before delivering with two long field goals (49, 48) for the Cardinals and fantasy owners alike.
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Defenses:  Arizona gave up 26 points, but returned both of Dallas’ interceptions to the house. Couple that with their fumble recovery and five sacks and you have a surprising strong performance. Dallas gave up 27 points, did not force a turnover, and had just one sack to disappoint once again.
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That may seem like a silly question for a player that is tied for eight with 524 receiving yards, but after losing his starting QB, it’s something to consider. That, and the fact that he has just 50 yards in the past two games.
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He really has been hit or miss this year+. When he’s good, like in Weeks 1, 2 and 5, he averages 151.3 yards per game. Unfortunately, when he’s bad, like in Weeks 3, 6, and 7, he averages 22.3 ypg. That’s some serious Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stuff.
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Besides losing Romo, Dez Bryant is coming on. He has three TDs in the past two weeks, which gives him one more TD on the year than Miles (not to mention the two punt returns he took to the house). Plus, Roy Williams didn’t go away quietly. He has five TDs on the year, though he didn’t catch a ball last week. Through in Jason Witten, who is averaging 77 yards per game over his past three with 2 TDs after a slow start. It’s almost like there are too many mouths to feed.
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That’s before you even consider Felix Jones. The Cowboys desperately need to establish their ground game. Jones has been more active the past three weeks, a trend that will likely continue going forward.
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Obviously he’s too talented to bench, even with Kitna at QB, but if you are deep at WR, or play in a 2 WR league, it may be worth considering it. At least until he proves he’s more like the boon receiver rather than the bust.
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  • Written by Eric Stashin of www.rotoprofessor.com

     


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    Miles Austin may have opened the 2009 season third on the Cowboys depth chart, but he finished among the elite receivers in the game.  The real question is, can he repeat his success or is he a threat for a major regression?

     

    Before we can talk about the future, let’s look at the past.  Austin didn’t start the Cowboys’ first four games, picking up just five catches for 81 yards.  In fact, in Week 3, he failed to catch a pass against the Carolina Panthers.

     

    When Roy Williams suffered an injury, Williams slid into the lineup against the Chiefs on October 11 and never really looked back.  He exploded for 10 catches, 250 yards and 2 TD.  He followed that up two weeks later against the Falcons, catching six passes for 171 yards and 2 TD.

     

    He finished with 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 TD.  Among the successes:

     

    • The yards were third in the NFL (first in the NFC)
    • He was tied for fourth in TD among receivers, behind the leaders with 13 (Vernon Davis, Larry Fitzgerald & Randy Moss)
    • He was second in the league in receptions of 20 or more yards with 21 (Andre Johnson had 22)
    • He was third in the league in receptions of 40 or more yards with 8 (DeSean Jackson led the league with 10)

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