Dallas Cowboys

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 13-3 10-6 6-10 4,167 1,336 50.59% 49.41% 42%
2015-16 4-12 4-11-1 6-10 3,471 1,890 57.94% 42.06% 35%
2014-15 12-4 10-6 9-6-1 3,784 2,354 50.36% 49.64% 47%
2013-14 8-8 9-7 9-7 3,954 1,507 64.89% 35.11% 35%
2012-13 8-8 6-10 8-8 4,729 1,265 66.16% 33.84% 43%

Season Outlook

Cowboys fans have to be ecstatic about the upcoming season with the emergence of last season's offensive rookie of the year QB Dak Prescott and rookie rushing leader RB Ezekiel Elliott taking the NFL over by storm. Prescott beat out long-time Cowboys Tony Romo as the starting QB and ran with it, helping lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and NFC East Division championship. Though not among the leaders in fantasy points, Prescott has the accuracy and offensive weapons to be drafted as a QB1. Elliott, on the other hand, could go as high as the first overall pick in fantasy drafts this upcoming season. He's a force to be reckoned with when the balls in his hands, as he averaged 108.7 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and posted the most 20-plus yard runs with 14 - all leading the league. The Cowboys mauling offensive line was a big factor in Elliott's success as they ranked second in total rushing yards for with 2,396 yards, tying for first place in first downs with 54. There were no major coaching changes and feeding the ball to Elliott will be the first priority, while WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten will be among Prescott's top options, and with good reason. Bryant and Witten are big targets and difficult to defend, both weighing over 220 lbs. Bryant has been riddled by injuries the past two seasons, missing 10 games over that span. Witten, on the other hand, hasn't missed a game since 2007 and has registered 9,050 yards. Though he only posted 673 receiving yards and just recently turned 36, the passing offense may fail to improve in its middling 23rd place finish, but fourth year offensive coordinator Scott Linehan won't be afraid to target his stars through the air and continue to deploy the option run game scheme that is nearly impossible to stop.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott Bust

With Tony Romo going down in the preseason, the fourth round rookie impressed enough to land the starting quarterback gig in Dallas, and he never looked back. While teammate Ezekiel Elliott had his own monster rookie campaign, it was Prescott who led Dallas to a 13 win season and took home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. With the top offensive line in football and a bellcow back in Elliott, Prescott is the perfect complement as a highly efficient dual threat quarterback. He showed a lot of poise and strong decision making in his rookie season, which we should expect to continue going forward. What he doesn't seem to offer yet is big upside in the passing game, as the Cowboys don't need him to throw it 40 times a game to be successful. In fact, Prescott only topped 36 passing attempts in three games last season. Still, he's a threat with his feet and it's not unreasonable to expect he can duplicate the half dozen rushing scores from last season. The future is bright for Prescott owners, as he's also going to continue to develop. Right now his profile is something like Russell Wilson's early seasons as an athletic game manager with plus upside in shootouts. And much like Wilson, Prescott should be able to reach the level of virtual top ten fantasy mainstay in any given week.

Running Backs

Ezekiel Elliott

The only thing that kept Zeke from taking home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors last season was the stellar play of teammate Dak Prescott. But from a fantasy perspective, Elliott was exactly as advertised when the Cowboys made him a top five pick in last year's draft. Running behind the best offensive line in football, he averaged more than 108 rushing yards per game and proved a capable pass catcher as well, coming up just shy of 2000 total yards on the season while visiting the end zone 16 times. Heading into his age 22 season he is already arguably the best back in the league and he may just be scratching the surface. For now the only thing that might slow down Ezekiel Elliott is Ezekiel Elliott, as a series of questionable decisions off the field may ultimately cost him games this season as speculation swirls around a potential suspension heading into 2017.

Darren McFadden

Every negative Ezekiel Elliott report pushes McFadden up just a tick on the draft board this preseason. While he missed most of 2016, he's still a capable veteran runner playing behind an impressive offensive line. If Elliott misses any time then McFadden likely projects as a borderline RB1 for those weeks. But don't overpay for him in dynasty formats as he's still an injury prone 30 year old running back playing on a one year deal.

Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant

Banged up in each of the past two seasons, Bryant s production hasn t quite matched what we saw earlier in his career where he was one of the top fantasy wide receivers year in and year out. Still, Bryant is entering his age 29 season and remains a valuable red zone weapon. His fantasy prospects also get a boost with the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott, as conventional wisdom suggests the Cowboys will need to open the offense up a bit more with Elliott riding the pine. It s also worth noting that Bryant had a monster second half last season as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott got more comfortable in the offense. There s no reason he can t pick up where left off, and coming into the season without a lingering injury or any off the field issues, Bryant could be in line to return some sneaky good value at his current ADP.

Tight Ends

Jason Witten

Witten has been widely regarded as one of the best tight ends of all time, and has been one of the biggest threats on the football field for quite sometime. The 10 time pro bowler is entering his 13th NFL season and is still a reliable source of fantasy points. Cowboys sophomore QB Dak Prescott is looking to improve on an impressive rookie campaign, adding to Witten's value in fantasy drafts and could be an intriguing stack with Dez Bryant and Prescott. Though Witten's production may not be among the league's elite due to the Cowboys top-3 rushing offense a season ago, the passing offense was ranked only 23rd, mainly due to rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott's dominance on the ground. The Cowboys are a threat to end the season with the NFC's best record and with Witten starting every game for the Cowboys at tight end since 2006, there are worse players to have as your starting tight end. He may drop due to the decline in his production, but he has proven his worth as a TE1.

Rico Gathers Injury Update

Nicknamed "Zeus" by teammates, the massive Gathers is a second year player who starred as a power forward for the Baylor basketball team in college. Still a bit of a project, at 6'6" 290 pounds with superior athleticism, the Cowboys think they might have something here. Gathers spent last year on the Cowboys practice squad and should see plenty of preseason snaps. It's unlikely he has much in the way of fantasy value as long as Jason Witten is around, but he's a name to know in dynasty formats.

Kickers

Dan Bailey Injury Update

Bailey has spent his entire career with the Cowboys and doesn't miss field goals too often. He's been successful on 89.5 percent of his field goal attempts throughout his career, 2016 being his worst season in terms of accuracy, missing five field goals. He tied for 15th in field goal percentage with the Patriots Stephen Gostkowski and connected on just three of six attempts from 50 yards or longer. Bailey has made an astonishing 250 consecutive point after attempts and led the league in 2014 with 56. Kicking for the Cowboys boosts his fantasy value as they possess one of the most dynamic young offenses in the league.

Player Updates

Player Update Ezekiel Elliott, RB - Ezekiel Elliott drops suspension appeal
15 Nov 2017 - 7:41pm

Ezekiel Elliott will no longer appeal his six-game suspension. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Alfred Morris, RB - Alfred Morris likely to start Week 10
9 Nov 2017 - 6:58pm

Alfred Morris is the Cowboys' likely Week 10 starter at running back with Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension back in place. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Ezekiel Elliott, RB - Latest appeal denied; Zeke once again banned
9 Nov 2017 - 3:44pm

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an injunction, immediately reinstating his six-game suspension. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Dez Bryant, WR - Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) DNP on Wednesday
8 Nov 2017 - 2:51pm

Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) is not practicing Wednesday. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Ezekiel Elliott, RB - Zeke Elliott granted motion, will play Week 9
3 Nov 2017 - 11:48am

The Second Circuit Court has granted Ezekiel Elliott a temporary stay of his suspension, and he is eligible to play Week 9 against the Chiefs. - From Rotoworld.

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