QB Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 230||Born: 7-29-1993||College: Mississippi State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2016|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Prescott had an acceptable fantasy line in Week 14, but only because of garbage time. He carries a bit of risk in Week 15 in a meaningless game against the Rams.
General News (Wed Dec 11): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 15: vs Los Angeles Rams - $7800
FBG says: Tough matchup. Dallas' passing attack has seen its number bolstered by garbage time production in recent weeks, but on the whole, their metrics are as impressive as any team in the league. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys rank 1st in the league in passing yards, 1st in net yards per attempt, and 5th in total passing volume this season. At the top of the depth chart, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup comprise one of the league's best one-two punches at wide receiver. Over the last month, Gallup has led the way with 36 targets, 22 receptions, and 375 receiving yards, but this is partially a product of the increased attention given to Cooper, who tops the charts across the board as Dallas' best receiver over the course of the entire season. Aside from the top two, Randall Cobb in the slot and Jason Witten at tight end make for a strong supporting cast as well. Behind one of the league's best offensive lines, Dak Prescott typically has plenty of time to distribute the ball to this talented group of receivers. The Los Angeles Rams' pass defense grades as one of the league's strongest units this season, especially since their acquisition of cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Rams have defended one of the highest volume of pass attempts of any team in the league this season, and their impressive personnel has done an exceptional job limiting opposing offenses to just 5.6 net yards per attempt, the 5th-best mark in the league. The Rams' pass rush is one of the league's most imposing units, with Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler, Jr., and Clay Matthews combining for 28.5 sacks on the season. Donald alone is one of the league's biggest difference-makers in the trenches, and with strong edge rushers around him, this is one of the most productive pass rushes in the league. At linebacker, Cory Littleton's exceptional athleticism enables him to keep up with opposing linebackers and running backs in coverage as one of the league's best pass-stopping players at the second level. Lastly, in the secondary, the Rams field numerous top-end coverage defensive backs. Jalen Ramsey, Eric Weddle, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Taylor Rapp all grade as above-average pass-defenders at their respective positions, to name a few. Overall, this defense lacks a clear weakness against the pass, and the Cowboys will have an uphill battle ahead of themselves in Week 15, trying to move the ball through the air.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Dak Prescott's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs CHI (27 / 49 / 334 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush - 17.46 points, $8100)
A poor-tackling and missed turnover opportunities from the Dallas defense were heavy contributors to a clunky Dallas loss in Chicago. The offense disappeared in the middle two quarters of the game with pocket pressure and untimely sacks but rebounded with Dak Prescott posting several impressive throws and two scoring drives to force an onside kick in the closing seconds and potential hail mary heave. Ezekiel Elliott was a steady chain-mover on their long touchdown drive to open the game but was rarely involved until deep in the second half as Dallas struggled to extend drives.
2019 Week 13 vs BUF (32 / 49 / 355 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush - 23.7 points, $8200)
Prescott threw the ball a season-high 49 times in the home Thanksgiving loss to Buffalo. Prescott was on point early, posting an opening drive touchdown with strong throws to Amari Cooper on multiple occasions and finishing with a rollout touchdown to Jason Witten. However, turnovers were the theme of the game for Dallas until a garbage time touchdown, with a fumble lost in the pocket and an ugly interception right to a defender on a screen pass design to set up Buffalo. Prescott converted a fourth-and-one sneak as Dallas was bold at their own 20-yard-line in the first half. Prescott threw another interception, but it was negated by penalty. Finally, Prescott missed a wide-open Ezekiel Elliott in the flat on fourth down in the red zone with the game still in doubt. The schedule does not ease up for the playoff-seeking Cowboys next week in Chicago.
2019 Week 12 vs NE (19 / 33 / 212 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush - 7.88 points, $8100)
Prescott transitioned from no glove to wearing a throwing-hand glove late in the first half. Prescott struggled mightily in the cold, wet, and windy conditions in New England before the change, including an interception behind a crossing Amari Cooper to stake the Patriots to an early lead. Prescott's positive influence on the game was limited to a handful of moments as the run game and playing field position were foundational elements of the low-scoring contest. Prescott made a power deep in-cut throw to Michael Gallup and a tight window throw to Randall Cobb for big plays as Dallas attempted to comeback from an early deficit. However, a near interception on a red zone rollout and a reviewed (and overturned) fourth down blitz-beating throw to Amari Cooper held back Dallas from tying or taking the lead late in the game.
2019 Week 11 vs DET (29 / 46 / 444 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 18 / 0 rush - 31.56 points, $8100)
Prescott enjoyed a third game this season over 400 passing yards against the exploitable Detroit defense. Prescott had a clean performance with no turnovers, posting 35 points on offense, but did have two mistakes with a red zone sack and a near-interception on an early third down. While they dominated the game at times on offense, the Lions were within reach due to empty drives. Prescott targeted Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb with ease throughout the game as Amari Cooper was dinged up and shadowed by Detroit's lone defender of note, Darius Slay. Prescott found Gallup on a perfect deep ball for a long gain and a post touchdown to Cobb during an impressive close to the first half, including 322 total yards for Dallas. Prescott enjoyed great protection overall by the offensive line and a rare pressure in the second half resulted in Prescott shedding a tackle attempt for a dump-off completion. Prescott's rushing stat line was muted against the Lions but did add a notable third-down run to convert and a red zone scramble down to the goal line.
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (28 / 46 / 397 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 26.88 points, $7800)
Prescott threw a season-high 46 passes in the home loss against the Vikings. Prescott rarely is a non-factor as a runner but Prescott had zero rushing attempts, making plays beyond the pocket through the air instead of on the ground. Prescott's interception came on a last-second hail mary attempt, but he should have had another earlier in the game on a late throw towards Amari Cooper on the sideline. The pair of Prescott and Cooper were borderline unstoppable all game, however, as they connected on multiple small window sideline throws with Cooper at full extension and Prescott hyper accurate. Prescott made several impressive throws rolling left, finding Amari Cooper on one occasion and a perfect throw to Blake Jarwin on another. Prescott has an exploitable Detroit matchup up next.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (22 / 35 / 257 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush - 22.48 points, $7800)
Prescott's clunky start paralleled that of the Dallas team early against the Giants to keep New York in the game. Prescott's first throw of the game was intercepted by a ball-hawking safety in the slant route path and Prescott also fumbled a snap in the red zone. Prescott found his rhythm as the game progressed, fueling yards-after-catch long touchdowns to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Prescott had a fourth touchdown, a floating pass to Randall Cobb, called back by penalty. Prescott's mobility was prevalent this week including breaking the rush and finding Blake Jarwin down the sideline for a long touchdown and converting a third down with a scramble on another occasion. Prescott will be tested next week with a much better Minnesota defense than the up-and-down Giants unit this week.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (21 / 27 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 30 / 1 rush - 21.56 points, $7800)
Prescott lead the Cowboys to the easy home win over the Eagles. On several occasions, Prescott made impact plays through the air with his full collection of weapons healthy, including Amari Cooper. Prescott found Cooper on a deep target for more than 40 yards and later did the same into a small window for more than 20 yards down the sideline. Prescott added production on the ground, including a play-action rollout touchdown at the goal line to essentially ice the game in the fourth quarter, and a third-down conversion on another occasion. Dallas' offense was rarely stopped on offense but Prescott was the cause on two occasions as he was stripped in the pocket on a sack and later threw an interception deep in the end zone into double coverage to keep Philadelphia marginally in the game late in the second half.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (28 / 40 / 277 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 1 rush - 18.18 points, $8000)
Prescott battled through adversity in the road loss to the Jets amidst offensive line and Amari Cooper injuries. Prescott avoided turnovers, but every yard was a tough one and his opportunities for big play were minimal. Prescott found the end zone on a red zone quarterback draw late in the game but was also stuffed on a fourth-down keeper earlier in the contest. Prescott converted a must-have play in the mid-fourth quarter, a stick throw to a covered Jason Witten on third-and-long, amidst generally operating from a muddy pocket to make big throws. Prescott had a near interception on a deep overthrow but kept his team in the game despite non-optimal conditions. Amari Cooper's injury status, as well as the offensive line, is a major question mark heading into Week 7 against the Eagles, a potential get-well matchup for the passing game.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (27 / 44 / 463 / 2 / 3 pass, 4 / 27 / 0 rush - 26.22 points, $8200)
Prescott was bold and decisive against the Packers with his decision-making and aggressive throws to the intermediate and deeper zones of the field. While Dallas' defense allowing consistent scoring drives through the first half did not help matters, Prescott took key sacks to siphon scoring opportunities in or near field goal range on multiple first-half occasions and two of his three interceptions were poor throws or questionable-at-best decisions and another throw should have been a turnover. Prescott did make a number of key throws for Dallas to even be in the game in the fourth quarter of comeback mode, including a perfect pass to a blanketed Amari Cooper down the sideline, 50/50 ball to Michael Gallup, and floating ball to Cooper in double coverage. Prescott added multiple broken tackles on one scramble and a third-down conversion on another despite not having his typical red zone acumen on the ground this week. The Jets offer an optimal 'get well' matchup in Week 6 after losses in back-to-back games.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (22 / 33 / 223 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush - 8.62 points, $8400)
Prescott faced a stiff Saints defense and failed to produce impact plays for the first time this season. Prescott was a non-factor on the ground and made only a handful of quality throws. Prescott did find Jason Witten on a deep out as Prescott was hit and delivered a perfect seam pass to Blake Jarwin for more than 30 yards. Down by two points, Prescott had a two-minute drive to win the game but took a critical sack to start the drive and sap the clock, limiting Dallas to a last gasp Hail Mary throw, which was intercepted, from midfield.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 32 / 246 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush - 23.54 points, $8400)
Prescott did not need his 'A' game against the Dolphins for the comfortable win. However, his accuracy left something to be desired. Prescott forced the ball into two near-impossible windows, one turning into an easy interception and the other tipped and could have been a turnover on a red zone throw to Jason Witten. Despite a fast start with wide open throws for 30+ yards to Amari Cooper and Jason Witten, Dallas was only up 10-6 at the half. Prescott was aided significantly by a dominant Dallas run game effort against Miami, but Prescott did add a red zone rushing score and two strong throws in the second half as the Cowboys pulled away for the comfortable home win. After three relatively toothless opponents to begin the season, Dallas gets their first significant test in Week 4, a road matchup against the Saints.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (26 / 30 / 269 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 69 / 0 rush - 28.66 points, $7700)
Prescott's follow-up to his career day (405 yards, four touchdowns) in Week 1 was an 87% completion rate, three more scores, and adding his commonplace impact as a runner. Prescott's interception, his first of the season, was due to a drop by Randall Cobb, tipped into the air. Prescott used all parts of the field against Washington, including a deep post touchdown to new weapon Devin Smith and several rushing forays like his 40-yard zone read scamper. Two of Prescott's mere four incompletions against Washington were a should-have-been interception on a rollout near the goal line and missing a long touchdown opportunity to Michael Gallup as Prescott threw it over the wrong shoulder of Gallup. Prescott looks to continue his hot start against the struggling (putting it mildly) Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (25 / 32 / 405 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush - 33.4 points, $7500)
Prescott posted a career day, completing nearly 80% of his passes for more than 400 yards and four scores against the overmatched Giants defense. Prescott's biggest progression from previously in his career was his accuracy on intermediate and deep passes, an unlocked area of his game. Prescott drove the field for two touchdown drives in the first 20 minutes of the game and the rout was on against the divisional opponent. Prescott found Michael Gallup on a tight window in-cut throw and a perfect deep throw versus the blitz as Dallas warmed early in the game. Later, Amari Cooper was the target on two on-point deep throws and Prescott also found Blake Jarwin and Randall Cobb down the seam for a touchdown each. Prescott did not even utilize his rushing ability much (12 yards, only one third-down keeper to convert) which has been a staple of his game to-date. The Cowboys get Washington in Week 2, who were boat-raced after staked to an early lead against the Eagles in Week 1.
Latest NewsCowboys | Dak Prescott practices Wednesday (Wed Dec 11, 06:31 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hands) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. link to story Cowboys | Dak Prescott banged up (Sat Dec 7, 01:53 AM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hands) suffered a sprained left hand and also injured the index finger on his throwing hand during the team's Week 14 loss to the Chicago Bears. Our View: Prescott is not expected to miss time, but this injury has caused Prescott's game to suffer. He's got 10 days before the team plays the Rams in Week 15. We should see him limited in practice next week.
link to story Cowboys | Dak Prescott heats up in garbage time (Fri Dec 6, 12:07 AM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 27 of 49 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown during the team's Week 14 loss to the Chicago Bears. Our View: Prescott's yardage and touchdown came mostly in garbage time and it was a bad night for him except for a strong drive to open the game. He's still a QB1 against the Rams next week.
link to story Cowboys | Dak Prescott throws for 355 yards, two touchdowns (Thu Nov 28, 07:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 32 of 49 pass attempts for 355 yards and two touchdowns against one interception and a lost fumble against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13. He added 25 yards on four rushing attempts. Our View: Prescott was a decent fantasy play on volume and a terrible game script for his team. Next week, he'll face a tough Bears pass defense that gave up some plays to David Blough on Thanksgiving.
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