DALLAS - As has been repeated numerous times, the Cowboys have put up the worst offensive three-game stretch in franchise history, failing to score more than 10 points for three consecutive weeks. For the reason, many Dallas Cowboys players have been a roller coaster ride for their fantasy owners.
With you being in the stretch run of your fantasy season, how should you play them going forward? Should you continue to start them? Should you look to trade all of them? Should you completely cut bait and drop any of them? Don’t worry, we are going to break down every notable player’s situation, and give you a little advice on what to do with them.
This isn’t necessarily a reflection of their abilities as players, its simply a reflection of their current fantasy football value.
If you are relying on T-Will to score you fantasy points, you are either desperate or a huge Cowboys fan. Ranked outside the top 50 fantasy wide receivers and averaging only 7.5 fantasy points per game, Williams has produced just two double digit fantasy performances this season.
Those are symptoms of him having zero touchdowns through 11 games, and only one game with more than 68 yards receiving. In fact, he has failed to produce more than 47 yards in eight of his eleven contests.
Ironically, Williams has put up the best stretch of his season over the last four games even though the offense struggled, but it shouldn’t be something that you count on. It is really hard to see a scenario where Williams puts up consistently productive fantasy numbers in the remaining five games. You should try trading him first, but it is hard to justify him being on your roster at all.
The drop off for Beasley has been astonishing. After leading the team in targets last year (98) and seemingly cementing himself as on of the best slot receivers in the NFL, Bealsey is having one of the worst seasons of his career. In 2016, Cole had 98 targets, 75 receptions, 833 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Those numbers averaged out to 11.1 yards per reception, 4.7 receptions per game, 52.1 yards per game and a catch rate of 76.5%.
This season, he is on pace for only 68 targets and is averaging just 2.5 receptions per game, 19.5 yards per game and has a career low catch rate of 59.6%. In his last six games, Beasley has produced 24 yards or less in every contest, and only has one game with more than two receptions.
These results are more about the coaching staff and poor play of Dak Prescott than it is about Cole Beasley, but that doesn’t matter in fantasy football. The bottom line is that he isn’t producing fantasy points this season, and that doesn’t look like its going to change any time soon. He isn’t worth rostering at all right now.
Despite the overall downtick in production, Dez is still having a decent season. He has scored 13 or more fantasy points in six of his eleven games, and has scored six points or more in every game. He already has more targets this season (102) than he did last year (96) and is averaging almost five catches per outing. That alone has provided him with a pretty solid fantasy floor.
The problem is that most people are treating him like a #1 fantasy wide receiver and expecting him to produce like one. For this season, Dez is more of a #2 receiver production wise. He has yet to have a 100 yard game and only has four touchdowns.
Add that on top of the fact that he is averaging just 52.5 yards per game, and his point ceiling is capped much lower than what you would want from the best receiver on your fantasy team. He can do good things for you going forward, but his expectations need to be adjusted accordingly.
Mr. Reliable is having another productive fantasy season, however it has been extremely up and down. Witten has scored just one fantasy point in four of his eleven games, but is averaging 14.28 points per game in the other seven.
Overall, Witten is still a top 10 tight end in fantasy (albeit closer to the bottom of that list), and should be rostered in all leagues. Just don't expect him to carry your team, and be prepared for the potential of him posting a dud in one or two of the remaining games.
Alfred Morris/Rod Smith
Both backs have shown flashes, the problem is that neither are getting enough work. Even more importantly, neither are getting enough work near the goal line because the Cowboys offense has been so terrible as a whole.
Both guys are worth having on your roster in case one ends up suddenly getting a majority of the touches, but it is extremely hard to count on either of them for starting caliber fantasy production right now.
He is halfway through his suspension, but the Cowboys may already be out of the playoffs by the time he returns. Will that have an impact on how much the Cowboys use him when he returns?
Also, what kind of physical shape will he be in? If you are in a keeper league then you obviously keep him. If you aren’t in a keeper league, you should see if there are any owners who might be willing to overpay for him in a trade.
The Cowboys quarterback is going through a pretty big rough patch at the moment, and is developing a few concerning trends. Over his last five games, Dak has only two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns versus eight turnovers.
On the season, Dak’s highest passing yardage total is just 268, and he has posted 252 yards or less in the other 10 games. In five of his eleven games, he has thrown for 183 yards or less.
Points wise, he is the #7 quarterback in fantasy averaging 18.1 points per game. However, his fantasy production is almost directly tied to his rushing production. In four of the five games where Prescott has scored more than 20 fantasy points, he has had a rushing touchdown. In the games where Dak has rushed for a touchdown (five), he is averaging 24.6 fantasy points per game.
In the other six games he is only averaging 10.3 fantasy points per game. Overall, Dak is still a young quarterback that is going to have to grow. Unfortunately, he is already in the middle of a major learning experience and the Cowboys offense is suffering. The Cowboys’ season will be on the line next weekend at home against the Redskins, and it will tell a lot about this team going forward.
With a few extra days of practice and preparation after playing on Thanksgiving, and with their backs against the wall, if you want to take a gamble try starting Dak next week and see if he has a big bounce back game. If he does, then that is a good sign going forward as far as his ability to be your fantasy team’s starting quarterback. If he struggles again, you will have to look elsewhere until something changes with the Dallas offense.
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