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QB Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 230Born: 7-29-1993College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Prescott got back into our good graces just in time for a great matchup with Oakland. He benefited from garbage time production, but was also vicitmized by some drops in the first half. He's a solid QB1 for Week 15.

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Good matchup. Dak Prescott had one of his best games of the season, and certainly his best game since being without Ezekiel Elliott, last week. Prescott passed for 332 yards with three touchdowns while staying upright for the entire game with great protection from his offensive line. This was a much-welcomed game as Prescott had passed for fewer than 180 yards in four straight games with zero passing touchdowns in three of those outings. Dez Bryant was targeted only five times as Prescott relied more heavily than ever on his running backs last week. Bryant did find the end zone for the second straight week, but big plays from Bryant have been mostly absent for the entire season as he has noticeably lost some explosiveness. Rod Smith exploded in the passing attack last week, but this was the first time he had amassed over 20 receiving yards in a game, with most of it fueled by an 81-yard catch and run. Do not expect a repeat performance this week by Smith. Jason Witten's inconsistency continued as he saw only two targets last week but also found the end zone for the second straight week. The Raiders have been atrocious against good quarterbacks for most of this season, and this week they will face Dak Prescott who is coming off his first 300+ yard game of the year. While the Raiders held Alex Smith without a passing touchdown while picking him off once last week, Smith did not have to do much due to the game script since the Chiefs held a lead for the entire game and just ran it down the Raiders' throat. With a lackluster pass rush and only two interceptions on the whole season, opposing quarterbacks have not had a ton to fear from the Raiders outside of Khalil Mack. All three of the Raiders cornerbacks were burned by the Chiefs receivers and tight end last week and have allowed fantasy points on a pretty consistent basis for most of the season. T.J. Carrie covering from the slot looks to be the weakest link of that group, offering a solid matchup for Cole Beasley--but all of the Cowboys receivers should be in good shape here.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs PHI 60 18 31 145 0 3 2 10 0 1 4.25
12 vs LAC 55 20 27 179 0 2 0 0 0 0 6.95
13 vs WAS 68 11 22 102 2 0 5 28 0 0 15.9
14 at NYG 63 20 30 332 3 0 6 13 0 0 29.9
15 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 21 32 * * * 4 * * * *
15 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 19 31 * * * 4 * * * *
15 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 16 24 * * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs NYG (20 / 30 / 332 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)

Early in the game, Dallas struggled to finish drives. Prescott had two end zone throws tipped away by the defense and Dez Bryant dropped a potential touchdown on another foray down the field. Add in a missed field goal and the theme was empty yardage and missed opportunity for Prescott and the passing game until late in the second quarter. Prescott and Dallas' offense finally pulled away later in the second half from the offensively-stunted Giants as Prescott delivered a strike to Jason Witten down the seam for a touchdown and Rod Smith for a long catch-and-run to ice the game. Prescott added a well-timed third down conversion scramble and shedding a defender in the pocket to convert on an Alfred Morris checkdown pass. Oakland offers another exploitable matchup in Week 15 for Prescott and the passing game to stay on course after a career-high 332 yards against the Giants.

2017 Week 13 vs WAS (11 / 22 / 102 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)

Prescott was in ball control mode this week in the key home win against Washington. Dallas was fortunate their offensive line began dominating in the second half and the defense led to a comfortable margin as Prescott was not sharp in obvious passing situations in the first half. Prescott missed two throws and took a sack on the first four drives of the game, all punts for Dallas' offense. Prescott nearly threw an interception on an in-breaking route to Dez Bryant before finding some sense of rhythm on a touchdown drive. Prescott threw a laser to Jason Witten on a red zone slant for the score. Prescott's other touchdown came on a jump ball to contested play expert Dez Bryant through defensive pass interference. Prescott also added a key scramble for more than 10 yards to convert a third down when little was working for Dallas' offense in the first half. The Giants and Raiders the next two weeks offer matchups for Prescott and the passing game to find more success than the last month of comparative struggle.

2017 Week 12 vs LAC (20 / 27 / 179 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

For the third straight game Prescott did not record a passing touchdown in the home loss against the Chargers. Pass protection was improved with Tryon Smith back in the lineup at left tackle, ideal timed with the bookend pass rushers for the Chargers. Prescott rarely pressed the ball downfield, taking the short throws underneath coverage but for minimal yardage. By the mid-third quarter, Prescott was a hyper-accurate 10-for-11 passing but for only 56 yards to highlight his approach. Notably, Prescott did not use his mobility x-factor this week. His only rushing attempt came on an outstanding read option fake, resulting in a long touchdown in the second half. However, a holding penalty negated the play and took a score off the board. One of Prescott's rare forays down the field was a well-thrown pass to Terrance Williams, a near touchdown on the diving play, but Williams was barely out of bounds. Dallas was in clear catch-up mode in the fourth quarter, down by multiple touchdowns. Both of Prescott's interceptions came in the final minutes, one where Prescott was late on an out route to Cole Beasley, returned for a touchdown. The other was in clear garbage time with a roaming defensive back finding a floating pass for the final dagger in Dallas' loss. The schedule softens for Dallas' passing offense with the Redskins, Giants, and Raiders over the next three weeks, a much-needed reprieve to get back on track.

2017 Week 11 vs PHI (18 / 31 / 145 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

Prescott logged his second straight lackluster game and for the third time in the past month did not eclipse 200 yards through the air. With the game script turning negative by early in the second half, Prescott dealt with pressure much of the day, absorbing a number of big hit inside and outside the pocket. Of his career high three interceptions, one came on a tipped pass by Terrance Williams which should have been caught, while the other two were squarely on Prescott for poor throws into coverage. Prescott also lost a fumble when stripped in the pocket, which was returned for a touchdown as Philadelphia pulled away in the second half, and Prescott was uncharacteristically inaccurate even on a handful of routine throws. Prescott did not finish the game as Cooper Rush played out the final minutes of the blowout. In addition to the passing game woes, Prescott had his lowest rushing total of the season (10 yards) to cap off the disappointing game. Over the past four games, Prescott has two passing touchdowns with the Chargers strong defensive front up next.

2017 Week 10 vs ATL (20 / 30 / 176 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 42 / 1 rush)

The usually-efficient Prescott faced an uphill climb against Atlanta. Without Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas run game struggled to execute outside of a stretch of a few chunk gains by Alfred Morris in the third quarter, leading to long-yardage situations and Prescott evading (or succumbing) to pocket pressure. Prescott's mobility was on full display when Dallas' offense was its comparative best this week. On Dallas' lone touchdown drive of the game, Prescott put on a show with back-to-back red zone plays. On the first, Prescott extended the third down play to convert to Rod Smith as an outlet receiver and the next saw Prescott use boot action to find the end zone for a touchdown. Stalled drives on the fringe of scoring range and obvious passing down sacks were the theme of the game, however, as Tyron Smith was absent from his left tackle perch as the position became a turnstile for defensive pressure. Even in garbage time, down by three scores in the fourth quarter, Prescott struggled to amass meaningful yardage outside of short passes to Jason Witten. Prescott's highlight throw amidst the consistent pressure was a beautiful perimeter pass to Brice Butler on third-and-long. Prescott's six rushes and 43 yards on the ground both mark season highs. Unless Dallas' offensive line improves quickly before facing the Eagles and Chargers over the next two weeks, Prescott's mobility will be paramount to any sustained drives for Dallas' offense.

2017 Week 9 vs KC (21 / 33 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 27 / 1 rush)

Prescott struggled in key situations early in the game with accuracy against the Chiefs. He showed hesitancy to pull the trigger, nearly taking a third down sack on an opening drive punt. However, when protected, Prescott was sharp on intermediate throws including a deep in-cut routes to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Prescott was at his best in the red zone, converting two third downs on rushing attempts, including a quarterback-keeper for a touchdown. Prescott showed pinpoint accuracy to Cole Beasley on a pair of short-range touchdowns, once on a play action slant route and another on a speed out at the goal line. Dez Bryant and Brice Butler also dropped passes which stalled drives on third downs. With zero turnovers, optimized usage of his mobility, and red zone conversions, Prescott logged another high-quality game as he thrives in his second season. Ankle injuries to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams in this game are worth monitoring as they did not return in the fourth quarter for their Week 10 status against Atlanta.

2017 Week 8 vs WAS (14 / 22 / 143 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)

For a second straight week, Prescott did not need more than 25 passes in a comfortable road win. Ezekiel Elliott was active yet again as his suspension status has yet to be clarified, earmarking Prescott for situational third down conversions and avoiding turnovers - the second-year quarterback's specialty. Prescott did not have much on his plate in the first half and, despite the ball control design of the game plan, Prescott had his struggles with accuracy. Two overt examples include throwing behind Cole Beasley on a rollout nearly resulting in an interception and missing Jason Witten over the middle on third down in the red zone. Prescott's best throw came to the far side of the field as Ryan Switzer converted third-and-long. Stalling for field goals on four drives prevented the win from being a blowout well in advance of the closing minutes. The passing game schedule softens with Kansas City, one of the least efficient units in the NFL, on deck in Week 9.

2017 Week 7 vs SF (16 / 25 / 234 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 26 / 1 rush)

Prescott threw the second-fewest passes of the season in Week 7 as Dallas cruised to an easy win in San Francisco. Despite the low volume, Prescott was impressive through the air and on the ground with four total touchdowns and nearly 10 yards-per-attempt as a passer. Dallas was up by multiple touchdowns in the first quarter and by 24 points early in the second half as Prescott did not have to do much with Dallas' strong running game and defensive performance. Prescott's highlight moments through the air included pinpoint accuracy to Jason Witten on multiple occasions, once down the seam and another down the sideline for a one-handed touchdown. Before taking the second half of the fourth quarter off in the blowout victory, Prescott added a goal line touchdown on the ground with a well-executed quarterback keeper to cap his strong performance. Next week's matchup, Washington, marks the second-best pass efficiency defense on Dallas' schedule thus far.

2017 Week 5 vs GB (25 / 36 / 251 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 37 / 1 rush)

Prescott had one of his finest games as a pro against the Packers in Week 5. While the defense allowed a long touchdown drive in the closing minutes to Aaron Rodgers, Prescott was consistently impactful. Prescott had multiple occasions where he eluded pocket pressure and delivered an accurate intermediate or deep throw on the move. He has shown the ability for accurate ball placement both rolling right and left this season. Prescott's mobility is a difference-making trait especially on third down and in the red zone. Three of Prescott's four rushes in the game came in key moments from picking up a third down in field goal range to a fourth down sneak conversion to a red zone read option touchdown. While Prescott could pile up more rushing production if a focal point of his game, through more than 20 career starts it is clear Prescott is a pass-first quarterback in his mindset. Prescott staked Dallas to a 21-6 first half lead, but trailed by the early fourth quarter in a hotly contested game. Prescott's interception, returned for a touchdown, was not his fault. An accurate pass sailed through Terrance Williams' hands on a simple hitch route. With a bye week up next, Dallas can get their defense in order as the schedule softens for Dak Prescott and the passing game with San Francisco, Washington, and Kansas City following the week off.

2017 Week 4 vs LAR (20 / 36 / 252 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)

Prescott has been at his best when moving from the pocket this season and against the Rams was no exception. Prescott looks to run only as a last result in these situations, fueling a number of chunk gains as a passer. Rolling left Prescott has strong accuracy, finding Dez Bryant to convert a key third down and a red zone touchdown to Brice Butler on another occasion. With Dallas' defense struggling to stop the Rams, Prescott's margin for error was small to secure the victory. Despite leading scoring drives on every possession (outside of a fumbled return) in the first half, Dallas trailed in the third quarter. Prescott's few inaccurate throws turned into critical missed opportunities down the stretch. Prescott took a big third down hit as the ball shot up in the air, turning into his lone turnover of the game. Earlier in the game, Prescott should have had another interception on an intermediate throw to Terrance Williams but the defender dropped the ball. With two minutes to play and needing a touchdown, Prescott had an overthrow to Dez Bryant, hurting their ultimate comeback effort.

2017 Week 3 vs ARI (13 / 18 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)

Dallas had intentions to control the game with their rushing attack, but Prescott threw only 18 passes against Arizona for different reasons. The Cowboys run game found its rhythm in the closing minutes to salt away the victory, but Prescott was commonly forced to throw in front of the sticks in the first half to stall drives in long-yardage situations. Prescott was at his best on the move. Two of his rushes came on zone read concepts for chunk gains. Once in the red zone, Prescott kept the ball after a fake to Ezekiel Elliott, ultimately leaping over a defender at the goal line for the touchdown. Prescott's mobility becomes a larger impact as Dallas moves into scoring range has been the common theme to-date in his career. Through the air, Prescott made two outstanding throws outside the pocket to Brice Butler, both in critical moments of the second half.

2017 Week 2 vs DEN (30 / 50 / 238 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)

This week marked the first time Prescott has thrown more than 45 passes in an NFL game and the second time with more than 40 attempts since his 2016 NFL debut in Week 1. The typical Dallas game script was out of the window as Denver jumped out to an early lead and did not let up on the gas pedal all game on offense. As a result, Dallas was stuffed on the ground and Prescott was left to use the short passing game against Denver's smothering pass defense. Prescott threw multiple interceptions for only the second time in his career, one being a tipped pass and the other a pick-six dagger late in the game to seal Dallas' fate. Prescott should have had a third interception, but Aqib Talib dropped one of the easier opportunities of his long career on the play. Prescott was under consistent duress in the pocket, especially when his initial read was taken away. Routine throws like slants and out routes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage - Prescott's bread and butter - became labored due to pressure. Prescott faces another stingy defense, on the road, next week with a Monday night clash in Arizona.

2017 Week 1 vs NYG (24 / 39 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)

While Prescott gets credit for the win, his game was up-and-down against the Giants. Little was required of the passing game outside of a few third down conversions due to the Giants' offensive futility. However, Prescott accuracy waned on bigger throws, specifically deep routes and end zone looks to Dez Bryant, resulting in field goals instead of touchdowns on the board. Prescott's game was not without highlight moments as his deep connection with Brice Butler down the sideline marked one of the better throws of Week 1 for any quarterback. Prescott was situational with his rushing, including a scramble of 15+ yards late in the first half to move into field goal range. Prescott, for such a mobile quarterback, was primarily a rock-and-fire pocket quarterback in this game.


Latest News

Cowboys | Dak Prescott tosses three TDs (Sun Dec 10, 07:41 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts for a season-high 332 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 14 game against the New York Giants.

Our View: Prescott was aided by a long garbage time score, but he was also led down by drops in the first half. He's back in our circle of trust for Week 15 against Oakland.
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Cowboys | Dak Prescott throws three TDs (Sun Dec 10, 03:44 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott went 20-for-30 for 332 yards and three touchdowns against the New York Giants in Week 14.

Our View: A big chunk of the yards and a score came on a garbage time catch and run score by Rod Smith, but Prescott is definitely getting better, as first-half drops denied him an even bigger game. He's worth a QB1 look again next week at Oakland.
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Cowboys | Dallas' Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 8, 04:52 PM) - Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins (back), DT David Irving (concussion) and CB Orlando Scandrick (back) did not participate in practice and are listed as questionable for Week 14. WR Brice Butler (foot), DT Maliek Collins (foot), LB Justin Durant (concussion, illness) and OT Tyron Smith (back) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. QB Dak Prescott (hand) and LB Sean Lee (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Cowboys | Dak Prescott will be in uniform (Fri Dec 8, 04:47 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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Cowboys | Dak Prescott practices fully (Thu Dec 7, 04:54 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hand) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 7.

Our View: An injured hand and some inconsistent play over the last month make us wary of Prescott as more than a low-end QB2 or superflex option.
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