• Dak Prescott

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  • , Dallas Cowboys
  • 28
  • 226 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL QB Dak Prescott - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. New York Giants
The struggles in Dallas are not enough to slow down Dak Prescott's fantasy campaign as he has now thrown for 450 yards in three consecutive games and has 12 total touchdowns on the season. Prescott is playing at a high level, but some of his gaudy stats can be attributed to the Cowboys' horrific defense which has required the Dallas offense to light up the scoreboard on a weekly basis to have any shot at winning. The Dallas defense does not look like it is going to improve anytime soon, so Prescott should continue to throw at close to a league-leading clip. The Giants rank in the top 10 of our schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric for opposing quarterbacks, meaning Prescott is set up with a nice matchup in a game the Cowboys will be desperate to win. He should be started weekly as a high-end QB1 due to his massive ceiling that results from a combination of game script, talent and supporting cast.

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL QB Dak Prescott - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Cleveland Browns
Dak Prescott has lit up the statsheet through three weeks even though the Cowboys sit at 1-2 as they get set to host the Browns Sunday. Prescott is averaging 396 passing yards per game, has thrown five touchdowns, and has already matched his total from last season with three rushing scores. The Browns are not a troubling matchup for Prescott as they have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks so far this season and allow a ton of plays to the opposing team's offense. CeeDee Lamb has already emerged as a reliable slot option for Prescott, and the Cowboys even got their deep passing game clicking against the Seahawks with Michael Gallup going off for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys offense is trending up and Prescott should continue to be started as a QB1 regardless of matchup.

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL QB Dak Prescott - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Seattle Seahawks
Dak Prescott rebounded from a slow Week 1 to explode in Week 2 with 450 yards passing and four total touchdowns, including three of the rushing variety. Week 2 will likely be one of Prescott's best fantasy days of the season as he is unlikely to steal as many goal line looks from Ezekiel Elliott in a typical week. That being said, traveling to Seattle to take on a Seahawks defense that has been shredded by Matt Ryan and Cam Newton for huge fantasy days is not an intimidating matchup and the Cowboys should have little trouble moving the ball against Seattle. The fact that Russell Wilson is on the other sideline only helps Prescott's projection as this game has the highest betting total of the week in what projects as a shootout. The Seahawks have a weak pass rush and middling secondary, so Dallas's talented receivers should be able to find separation and Prescott should have plenty of time to hit them downfield. Start Prescott as a high-upside QB1 in Week 3.

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL QB Dak Prescott - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 1 was slightly disappointing for Prescott as he only managed 266 yards passing and a single touchdown in a matchup with the Rams. While Prescott added 30 rushing yards, fantasy owners likely expected more in what was projected to be a shootout. That being said, Prescott backers have another great matchup this week against a Falcons defense that Russell Wilson just shredded for 322 yards and four touchdowns. Prescott will have to make do with an offensive line that has dropped off significantly in the past few years, but he still has a plethora of dynamic weapons and the rushing upside you crave in a fantasy quarterback. The betting total for Sunday's game in Dallas is a sky-high 53.5, so we should see plenty of offense from both sides. Start Prescott with confidence as a QB1 in Week 2.

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL QB Dak Prescott - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Los Angeles Rams
Dak Prescott enters Week 1 set to face off with the Rams on Sunday night in a game with a high betting total of 52 points. The Rams finished as a top ten defense against the pass last season and return defensive stars such as Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, but are dealing with the loss of several other defensive starters and it is unlikely they will be able to smother all of Prescott's receiving options with Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb and Blake Jarwin complementing Amari Cooper this year. Prescott's projection is aided by the fact that both the Cowboys and Rams typically play at a quick offensive pace, suggesting this game has shootout potential. Lock Prescott into lineups as a strong QB1 for Week 1.

by Spencer Babbitt

DAL QB Dak Prescott - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Dak Prescott enters 2020 hungry for a long-term contract and surrounded by the best weaponry of his career. This comes after posting his best season to date in 2019. Prescott amassed 4,901 passing yards (second in the league) and 30 touchdown passes (fourth in the league) last season, his first under Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore. He tacked on another three touchdowns on the ground to finish as the second-best quarterback in fantasy. Prescott will face stiff competition to repeat a second-place finish among quarterbacks, but he will once again be a surefire QB1. In addition to the counting stats, Prescott has become a more efficient passer as he has grown older. He posted 8.2 yards per attempt in 2019, the best of his career, and good enough to finish fifth among quarterbacks. And all of that is before mentioning that in 2020 he will be playing with the best group of skill-position players he has ever had. Prescott already has an established rapport with Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup emerged as an exciting second option last season. The Cowboys bolstered their passing game even more during the offseason by adding arguably the best wide receiver in this year’s draft, Ceedee Lamb, to Prescott’s arsenal. Prescott is poised for another strong season and should be one of the first five quarterbacks drafted this summer.

Fantasy Downside
The fact that the Cowboys have a new head coach in Mike McCarthy means that there is more uncertainty surrounding Prescott than there normally would be for a consensus top-five fantasy quarterback. While Moore is expected to retain play-calling duties, McCarthy will surely make some tweaks to the offense. This is not all bad for Prescott. Aaron Rodgers only played one season under McCarthy where he was healthy for 16 games and threw less than 500 times. However, McCarthy is a known proponent of the West Coast offense, known for placing an emphasis on short, quick passes. This philosophy conflicts with where Prescott thrived last season when he finished second in the NFL in completion percentage on deep passes (48.7%) on the second most deep pass attempts in the league (78). McCarthy would be wise not to abandon Prescott’s deep passing in favor of his preferred West Coast scheme. A reduction in deep passing is not enough to tank Prescott’s outlook as a fantasy player, but it could mean a reduction in his yardage and touchdown totals.

2020 Bottom Line
Prescott projects as a quality QB1 in all formats due to his passing proficiency, rushing upside and strong supporting cast. Even if Prescott experiences some regression in his yardage or attempt numbers, he should have a solid weekly floor and the Cowboys’ abundance of offensive talent should lead to him posting strong fantasy numbers yet again.

by Chris Kucharski

DAL QB Dak Prescott - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Washington
The Cowboys need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive so Dallas won't hold anything back. Dak Prescott threw for 265 yards but zero touchdowns. It was the third game this season that he did not throw a touchdown pass.

Prescott will face the Redskins who are 23rd in aFPA to quarterbacks and just gave up a ton of yardage and touchdowns to Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones. In the first meeting back in Week 2, Prescott threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns against Washington.

Start Prescott as a top-five fantasy quarterback for Week 17. We expect big numbers from him and the Cowboys offense in a week where there are lots of backups expected to play.

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