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DFS Showdown Tips: Cowboys-Vikings

By Matt Schauf 4:20pm EDT 10/31/21


The biggest question for tonight’s Cowboys-Vikings showdown still needs to be answered.

As of Sunday morning, Dak Prescott’s status apparently remained up in the air. At least this particular format will let you learn the answer before setting lineups.

Regardless of whether Prescott’s active, though, plenty of attractive options will reside on the Minnesota side of things. Which players to favor, though, could differ based on whether Dallas is going without its QB.

Of course, the Cowboys’ offense figures to be affected by Prescott’s bothersome calf either way. Let’s get to the charts, with player projections that have been altered throughout the week …


DraftKings


If it’s Cooper Rush tonight, we’d get a starting QB that costs less than any of his top 3 targets (including $600 cheaper than TE Dalton Schultz). We’d also get a 5th-year NFL veteran who has thrown 3 career pass attempts. Exactly what we could expect from Rush would be anyone’s guess.

Rush has thrown a lot more passes in preseason, for what that’s worth. He has completed 64.7% of passes in those games, at just 5.99 yards per pass attempt and a 4.2% TD rate. He’s also not much of a runner. Rush totaled -118 rushing yards over a 4-year starting career at Central Michigan.

Rush in place of Prescott would probably mean more shorter passing. Dallas also figures to lean run regardless of who’s starting at QB. The Cowboys rank just 26th in the league in neutral pass rate (47.4%) since Week 2, following their pass-heavy opener at Tampa Bay.

A cheap Vikings defense would certainly get more attractive with Rush taking Prescott’s place.


FanDuel


It’s tough to not start tonight’s build with the lead RB for each team. Dalvin Cook racked up 29 carries his last time out, after dealing with an ankle sprain for several weeks. Coming off his bye can only mean better things for his health. And neither version of the Dallas offense -- no Dak or less-than-100% Dak -- seems likely to drive this game script out of Cook’s range.

Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson look even better as relative values on FD than DK for this showdown, though. There’s plenty to mess around with before locking things in.

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