Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
NFC East | 2-1-0
Rank: 5th
Avg Yds
Rank: 11th
Avg PYds
Rank: 21st
Avg RYds
Rank: 7th
Posted 9/25/2023 6:16 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Rico Dowdle rushed four times for 21 yards and caught all three of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Dowdle is well behind Tony Pollard in snaps and touches, but the South Carolina product appears to clear backup in Dallas. While Pollard has been highly productive to this point, he already has 74 touches through three games (24.7 average) after handling a career-high 232 in 16 outings in 2022 (14.5). If Pollard is forced to miss time this season, Dowdle would almost certainly be a must-start in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 9/22/2023 8:25 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Cooks was not available for the Week 2 game but should return to the lineup this week. He was targeted four times in Week 1 but finished with only 22 yards. Fantasy players probably have better options available and can keep Cooks on the bench.
Posted 9/21/2023 9:26 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 21.
Huddle Up: Cooks is on track to returning to the lineup this week after missing the Week 2 game. He will see a handful of targets this week and could be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Posted 9/20/2023 9:03 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: Cooks was not able to play in the last game, but he seems to have a chance to return to the lineup in Week 3. He posted only 22 yards in Week 1 and probably can be avoided in most leagues even if he is active for the game.
Posted 9/17/2023 7:08 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) has been declared inactive for the Week 2 game.
Huddle Up: Cooks was added to the injury report during the week, so it is not known how much time he will miss. CeeDee Lamb is the only Cowboys receiver that would be a starting option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 9/15/2023 8:22 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 15, and is listed as questionable for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Cooks will be a game-time decision, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his status. Players probably should look for other options since Cooks missed all three practices leading up to the game.
Posted 9/15/2023 4:38 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) is expected to be a game-time decision in Week 2, per sources Friday, Sept. 15.
Huddle Up: Cooks is dealing with a sprained MCL so it's likely best for managers to bench the veteran wideout until he's fully healthy.
Posted 9/14/2023 4:09 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) is dealing with a sprained MCL, according to sources Thursday, Sept. 14.
Huddle Up: Cooks isn't practicing Thursday so there's a chance he's in danger of missing Week 2. He saw four targets during the opener so it's managers can likely keep him on the bench until he's fully healthy.
Posted 9/13/2023 7:47 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Cowboys did not hold a practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players could monitor the situation to see if Cooks returns to practice later in the week. He was held to only 22 yards in the first game of the season but should be more involved in the weeks to come. He could be a possible flex option in some deeper leagues if active.
Posted 9/11/2023 5:04 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys TE Jake Ferguson had two catches for 11 yards against the New York Giants in Week 1. He was targeted a team-high seven times.
Huddle Up: In a game where the offense didn't have to do a lot, Ferguson being targeted nearly twice as much as anyone else is an interesting tidbit. He was getting a little sleeper traction leading up to Week 1 and is absolutely someone to keep an eye on -- you could even consider stashing him in deeper leagues.
Posted 9/11/2023 4:26 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Rico Dowdle carried the ball six times for 24 yards in Week 1 against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: Just in case you got caught up in Deuce Vaughn's impressive preseason, Sunday night showed that Dowdle, not Vaughn, is the primary backup to Tony Pollard. Yes, both player had six carries, but all of Vaughn's touches came with Cooper Rush at QB and the team up 40 points. If you own Pollard, Dowdle should be the preferred handcuff.
Posted 9/05/2023 5:33 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott's contract is set to expire at the end of the 2024 season - a year in which his deal is scheduled to bring a cap hit of $59.4 million. However, team owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Sept. 5, that he expects Prescott "to be with us a long time."
Huddle Up: Prescott's long-term future in Dallas has become a trendy subject since the Cowboys acquired Trey Lance recently. Entering his age-30 season in 2023, it is possible we haven't seen the best of him yet. Expect Dallas to address the contract - and specifically the 2024 cap hit - next offseason. For fantasy purposes, Prescott is a solid QB2 option with occasional low-end QB1 upside.
Posted 9/05/2023 5:02 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup is healthy heading into Week 1 against the New York Giants, and he is looking to rebound after a pair of seasons trying to make his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Gallup is still well behind the alpha receiver, CeeDee Lamb, and the team brought in veteran Brandin Cook as the No. 2 wideout. However, Gallup could still have a meaningful role, and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues for depth at the position.
Posted 8/25/2023 11:22 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance was acquired by the Dallas Cowboys Friday, Aug. 25, in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Lance will receive a fresh start with Dallas, but Dak Prescott will continue to be the starting quarterback because the team will have a lot of dead money if they decide to move on from him. Lance will not have fantasy value in the foreseeable future unless Prescott suffers an injury.
Posted 8/24/2023 2:28 pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance is being shopped after QB Sam Darnold was named backup quarterback. He's due $5 million fully guaranteed next season.
Huddle Up: Lance being dealt would open up the possibility of him having some QB2 value in deeper leagues, and his dynasty value would greatly increase.
Posted 8/13/2023 1:39 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Deuce Vaughn rushed eight times for 50 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for six yards in a 28-23 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys don't have a backup for Tony Pollard set in stone, but Vaughn is among the players in the mix. Considering Pollard has never had to handle a full season as a lead back, the rookie could be worth a late-round pick if he wins the backup job.
Posted 7/17/2023 8:42 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard was unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract before the league's deadline for franchise-tagged players to do so Monday, July 17. Pollard signed the franchise tag in the spring, which is worth $10.1 million for running backs this season.
Huddle Up: There is little doubt Pollard is going to carry a significant part of the Dallas offense this season, but it is fair to wonder how much the Cowboys will want to ramp up his workload after he handled a career-high 232 touches in 2022 - 63 more than his previous career high. Dallas does not have much of a backup plan either, as only rookie Deuce Vaughn appears capable of handling Pollard's all-purpose role should he miss time. There is still a good chance the Cowboys add to the position before the start of the season, although it is clear the team will feature Pollard as much as possible. If the team ramps up his usage in the receiving game, he has overall RB1 upside.
Posted 7/17/2023 2:11 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys franchise-tagged RB Tony Pollard is still having talks with the team about a long-term deal Monday, July 17, ahead of the deadline to sign.
Huddle Up: Pollard was a breakout star in fantasy last year, and he'll have to prove he can do it again with maybe more of a load with Ezekiel Elliott gone. He's a good RB2 in PPR leagues
Posted 7/05/2023 3:49 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard led all qualified running backs with 2.6 yards after contact per rush in 2022, according to Pro Football Reference.
Huddle Up: Pollard did not set the world on fire breaking tackles - he ranked 17th with a broken tackle every 17.5 carries - but he typically made opponents pay when they were unable to bring him down on first contact. His first-place finish in yards after contact per rushing attempt is more of a testament to his ability to accelerate and break long runs than power. Until Dallas adds another worthy runner to its backfield to handle the dirty work Ezekiel Elliott has handled in recent years, it appears Pollard is well on his way to setting a new career high in touches (232) and a top-five fantasy finish at his position.
Posted 6/18/2023 2:37 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys TE Jake Ferguson is expected to be the team's starting tight end in 2023.
Huddle Up: Ferguson has a leg up in the competition over second-round draft pick Luke Schoonmaker because the latter has missed most of the Cowboys' organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury. Ferguson had 19 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns while starting eight games in his rookie campaign and could be worthy of consideration as a TE2 option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/04/2023 11:01 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Jalen Tolbert has been "making waves" at organized team activities, writes Patrik Walker of DallasCowboys.com. "Jalen Tolbert is already making some waves in the war for WR4, and that's a good sign that he's mentally ready to challenge who appears to be the frontrunner at the moment: Simi Fehoko," Walker wrote on Thursday, June 1.
Huddle Up: Tolbert is coming off a disappointing rookie season and now things are even more crowded in Dallas' receiving corps. with the addition of Brandin Cooks, who joins CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Tolbert is a hold in dynasty formats but isn't on the radar in re-draft leagues.
Posted 6/01/2023 7:40 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (ankle, leg) said he is ahead of schedule with his rehab and believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Pollard should be fine for the start of the regular season unless he suffers a setback. He should receive most of the work at running back in 2023 and should also be involved in the passing game. He will be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/26/2023 6:22 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) "looks good" and could run a more varied route tree in 2023 after running too many go routes in 2022, according to comments this spring from head coach Mike McCarthy. "Michael's very important. I think that the biggest thing with Michael - and I know he wants it too - he just wants to have a healthy season. He's been through these injuries here and he looks good. I mean this is really the first time in my time here he's had a full offseason program. Yeah, he's very important," McCarthy said.
Huddle Up: Many will remember last season when he struggled to look anything like himself after suffering a torn left ACL in 2021. It is also worth mentioning he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier this year. Regardless, Gallup said he feels "springy" this year, which is obviously a good sign. Fantasy managers are advised to keep him in mind late in drafts this season, as the departure of Dalton Schultz theoretically frees up plenty of targets that appeared to be taken away following the trade for Brandin Cooks.
Posted 5/25/2023 6:49 pm GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (leg) has been able to participate in the "reduced-tempo" organized team activity schedule, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Huddle Up: This news reinforces the notion that Pollard will be ready for training camp in about two months as he continues his recovery from the fractured fibula he suffered in the NFC Divisional Round. It would be a mistake for fantasy managers to believe Pollard will become a bell-cow back with Ezekiel Elliott around, but he seems like a good bet to exceed last season's career-high 232 touches. Pollard has top-five fantasy upside at his position in 2023.
Posted 5/20/2023 2:13 am GMT
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance has made a "substantial jump" as a passer, according to his private quarterbacks coach, Jeff Christensen.
Huddle Up: Lance remains an unknown as a starter thanks to last year's foot injury, but he still possesses all the physical tools that made him a high-upside QB2 entering the 2022 campaign. Brock Purdy figures to be the Week 1 starter if healthy, but if Lance is given the chance to start at any point in 2023, he will be worth scooping up in all formats.
Posted 5/05/2023 1:02 am GMT
Dallas Cowboys RB Deuce Vaughn is viewed as a potential every-down back, according to personnel director Will McClay. "You can run your regular offense through him," McClay said.
Huddle Up: With Ezekiel Elliott no longer in the mix, Vaughn could see some work behind Tony Pollard. Whether or not he carves out a big enough role to become fantasy relevant remains to be seen.
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