Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has "had to work himself back into playing shape" this spring, according to TheMMQB.com's Albert Breer. It was a parenthetical comment by Breer without any further details. But interesting nonetheless. Elliott has had an eventful offseason that's included a pair of car crashes and a video of him pulling down a woman's shirt at a St. Patrick's Day parade. He certainly wouldn't be the first guy to rest on his laurels after a big rookie season. We'll keep an eye on Elliott when the Cowboys report to training camp next month.
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley is dealing with what the team's doctors believe is hamstring tendinitis. It's been an issue since Week 10 of last season. "It's not concerning because I've been able to play through it. That makes me feel better about it," Beasley said. "I really don't think my hamstring will pull. I can't explain what it feels like, but if I go out there and run full speed it's not going to just go. I played with it for six weeks and in the playoffs and did everything in workouts. Because it hasn't gone away that's why we haven't done anything the past couple of weeks. I would love to play without it being there." Beasley indeed played the Cowboys' final 7 games (including playoffs) last year, averaging 3.7 catches and 41 yards. That was down significantly from his 5.3 catches and 59 yards over his first 10 games, but it's certainly worth noting that WR Dez Bryant missed 3 of those games. The hamstring issue doesn't impact Beasley's fantasy stock at this point, but he's not much of an option anyway.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott did not sustain a concussion in Sunday's car accident, at least according to RBs coach Gary Brown. Zeke is being held out of OTAs this week with what HC Jason Garrett termed "soreness and neck stiffness." The team is hoping to get him back on the field next week. For now, consider this a non-issue for Elliott's 2017 fantasy outlook.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a car involved in a minor accident on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott didn't sustain any serious injuries, but he did take a hit to the head and is being evaluated. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, that could come into play if he suffers another one down the line. Elliott is being held out of OTAs this week. The story won't impact his spot in our 2017 fantasy football rankings, but it's at least something to file away.
The Cowboys selected North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 5'9, 181-pounder tested as a 26th percentile athlete, so there's not much to get excited about from that standpoint. Switzer displays plenty of burst and quickness on tape, though, and broke out with a 96-1,112-6 line as Mitchell Trubisky's #1 WR this past year. He'll be no more than a slot receiver at the next level and will begin his career backing up Cole Beasley. Beasley is signed through 2018.
The Cowboys spent their 1st-round pick on DE Taco Charlton. The former Wolverine finished a solid college career with 10 sacks and 13 total tackles for loss as a senior. That followed just 9 total sacks over his previous 2 seasons. Charlton should compete for a starting role right away on a defense that has gotten barely anything out of former 2nd-rounder Randy Gregory.
The Cowboys and TE Jason Witten have agreed to a 4-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. It tacks on to the final year of his current deal to lock Witten up through the 2021 season. He'll be 39 at that point, so we doubt he makes it through the life of this contract. But it at least confirms that Witten remains a significant part of Dallas' offense. He ranked 11th among TEs in PPR points last year -- and that was his worst finish since his 2003 rookie campaign.
The Cowboys have re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a 1-year deal. A fractured elbow limited him to just 3 games last year, but it looks like he'll get another shot at Dallas' backup job. The Cowboys are reportedly looking to trade RB Alfred Morris. While McFadden is no threat to Ezekiel Elliott's workhorse role and won't be a standalone fantasy option, he'll be 1 of the highest-upside handcuffs in 2017 fantasy drafts.
ESPN's Todd Archer reports that the Cowboys have agreed to a 4-year deal with WR Terrance Williams. The deal is worth $17 million, including $9.5 million guaranteed. It's a somewhat surprising move considering Williams ranked just 4th on the team in targets last year and posted meager numbers with Dez Bryant out for much of the previous season. Williams has yet to develop beyond deep-threat status and has showed fantasy football owners that we shouldn't bet on regular production. Combine that with Dallas' run-heavy ways, and you get a player not worth much fantasy attention.
The Cowboys defense will have some prominent players back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Packers. CB Morris Claiborne will return from a groin injury that cost him the season's final 9 games. That figures to mean some rust but also returns arguably the secondary's best cover man. DE Demarcus Lawrence will also return after missing the final 3 games with a back injury. DT Tyrone Crawford returns as well, after missing the final 2 games with a left shoulder injury. And DT Terrell McClain sat out the final game with an ankle injury. All 4 players help a Dallas defense that's about to run into probably the league's hottest QB. However, we're not sure the returns significantly alter the fantasy outlooks for the team D or any particular Packers.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee (knee) is active for today's game against the Eagles. We're certainly expecting him to start, which would mark the 1st time he has started all 16 games in a season. But we'll also be shocked if he plays anything close to a full game in the meaningless finale. Dallas' playoff situation makes Lee a high-risk play in your IDP lineup.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott isn't expected to play more than 1-2 series in Sunday's finale against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. It's a smart move for a team with nothing to gain. Elliott only figures to see a handful of carries, making him a weak fantasy play. It's unclear exactly how the backfield touches will be divvied between Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar after Elliott exits.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden will get "most of the reps" in Sunday's finale against the Eagles. Dallas has nothing to gain in that one and no reason to risk injury to RB Ezekiel Elliott. We're not expecting anything more than 10 touches for Zeke, making him a low-end fantasy option. McFadden could get 15+ totes in what figures to be a run-heavy game for the 'Boys.
Cowboys S Barry Church (forearm) and OLB Sean Lee (knee) are active for Monday night's game against the Lions. Each guy entered day questionable. We'll see how much Dallas elects to play either starter -- and plenty others -- as the team plays the 1st of 2 games after locking down the NFC's top seed.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder that he won't rest starters in tonight's game against the Lions. Dallas has clinched the NFC's #1 seed and could limit or hold out some guys in the regular-season finale. But doing so tonight would mean 3 weeks off between games. QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all safe to use in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Cowboys S Barry Church (forearm) and LB Sean Lee (knee) are active for Sunday night's game against the Buccaneers. Both entered the day questionable but are ready for normal use in your IDP lineups.
Darren McFadden will be the Cowboys' #2 RB against the Bucs tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Alfred Morris might be inactive, with RB Lance Dunbar remaining in a pass-catching role. McFadden has been out since fracturing his elbow in June, but Morris has mustered just 3.8 yards per carry. McFadden is no threat to Ezekiel Elliott's workhorse role, but he's the handcuff to own now.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) and S Barry Church (forearm) are questionable for Sunday night's game against the Buccaneers. Church has been playing through the issue since his return to the lineup, though. And Lee's not a good bet to sit out unless he absolutely needs to. Dallas has already ruled DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) out for the game.
The Cowboys have activated RB Darren McFadden. He's been out since fracturing his elbow in June. We'll see where he fits into a backfield dominated by Ezekiel Elliott that also includes Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar. We wouldn't bother with McFadden on the waiver wire this week.
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley drew his largest target total in 4 games in Sunday night's loss to the Giants. Beasley's 7 looks tied Jason Witten for 2nd on the team, as did his 4 receptions. The game marked the 8th time in 9 weeks that he has caught 4+ balls and 9th time through 12 games.
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