Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has been impressed by TE Jason Witten this spring. “I guess the trick is to take a year off because he’s definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,” Prescott said. “He hasn’t lost a step.” Witten won't be out-athleting any defenders this season, but it's still nice to hear he's looking good at 37 years old after taking 2018 off. We'll see how he holds up throughout training camp and the season. Witten posted a 63-560-5 line and 9th-place PPR finish when we saw him last in 2017. We'd bet against that level of production this year, but Witten could be a useful spot-start option for fantasy squads.
The Cowboys added RB Tony Pollard in Round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Pollard was a do-it-all weapon for the Tigers, amassing 941 rushing yards with 9 TDs, 1,292 yards and 9 scores receiving and 7 kick-return TDs over the past 3 years. The 6’0, 210-pounder helped himself by registering a 72nd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. With only Darius Jackson behind Ezekiel Elliott on Dallas’ depth chart, Pollard will have a shot to win the #2 RB job out of camp.
NFL Network reports that the Cowboys and Dolphins have worked out a trade for DE Robert Quinn. That should position Quinn as Dallas' starting right DE, opposite Demarcus Lawrence. Quinn led Miami with 6.5 sacks and 9 tackles for loss last season. Among Cowboys, only Lawrence beat either number. Settling at DE in Dallas' 4-3 front helps Quinn's IDP value and makes him a potential DL2. His arrival also helps a team D that has upgraded over the past couple of years.
The Cowboys have signed WR Randall Cobb to a 1-year, $5 million deal. Since his 1,287-yard 2014 campaign, Cobb has averaged just 46.7 yards per game and missed 11 contests over the past 4 seasons. Turning 29 in August, his best days are clearly behind him. Cobb figures to step into Cole Beasley's slot role in Dallas. Beasley averaged 80.8 targets across the last 4 years -- a fair projection for Cobb in 2019. He figures to struggle for more than WR4 value.
The Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on DE Demarcus Lawrence for the 2nd straight year. Although it'd obviously be nice for the player to secure his longer-term status, IDP owners can continue expecting the high-level production we've gotten from Lawrence the past 2 years.
The Cowboys announced that TE Jason Witten will return to play in 2019. He retired last May and bombed in the Monday Night Football booth. Now he'll head back to the field, where he's been much better. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship," Witten said in a statement. He'll turn 37 in May and averaged a career-low 8.9 yards per catch when we last saw him in 2017. But he still caught 63 balls that year and finished 9th among TEs in PPR points. We'll see what the year off did but won't rule out Witten being at least a spot-start option for fantasy teams in 2019.
Cowboys QBs coach Kellen Moore has been promoted to OC and will call plays in 2019, HC Jason Garrett said over the weekend. “I said to everybody, ‘I want those new ideas. I want them thought through far. And if they are not being implemented call me.’ But let’s get in there and do the kinds of things to get the most out of a very talented roster," owner Jerry Jones said. "Kellen has the skill and the right attitude and style to make this work.” This is a huge step for a guy who was a player just 2 years ago. Moore's play-calling ability will be a legitimate question mark heading into 2019.
The Cowboys have fired OC Scott Linehan. Dallas finished better than 14th in total yards or points in just 1 of Linehan's 4 seasons. And the offense took a big step back in 2018, ranking 22nd in both yards and points. We'll see who the 'Boys tab as Linehan's replacement. They have a young core in place with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.
Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) and WR Cole Beasley (ankle) each enter today questionable. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the "plan is for both to work out pregame and both be active," adding that Jarwin "has a better chance to play." Beasley's not worth waiting on for fantasy use. Even if he's active, he'll face a tough coverage matchup in slot CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, Pro Football Focus' highest-graded Rams corner. Jarwin will be worth DFS consideration against a Rams D that allowed the 10th most TE receptions this season. He'd obviously still carry durability risk, though. We'll confirm their statuses 90 minutes before kickoff.
Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Rams. He didn't practice all week. An unexciting fantasy option to begin with, Jarwin will come with elevated risk if he ends up active. If not, rookie Dalton Schultz will be left as Dallas' lead TE.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is officially inactive for today's game against the Giants. QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper are active, but don't bank on either guy playing much.
NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is not expected to play in today's meaningless finale against the Giants. RG Zack Martin won't play, either. And we're not expecting to see QB Dak Prescott or WR Amari Cooper. Per Slater, RBs Rod Smith and Darius Jackson will "split reps" in place of Zeke.
Packers WR Randall Cobb has cleared the concussion protocol, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. Barring a setback, Cobb will return for Sunday's finale. He figures to step back in as the primary slot receiver vs. a Lions defense that's allowed the 7th most PPR points to slot guys.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that his team will go "all out" in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Giants. Dallas is locked into the NFC's #4 seed, so we'd be surprised if guys like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper played much, if at all. In a meaningless 2016 Week 17 game, Elliott didn't play at all and Dak Prescott played just 15 snaps.
Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Look for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to step into Cobb’s slot role, with Equanimeous St. Brown remaining on the outside opposite Davante Adams. The rookies are just DFS fliers.
Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 16. He didn’t practice all week and won’t play against the Jets on Sunday. That’ll leave Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown as Green Bay’s #2 and #3 WRs. The rookies are both just fantasy fliers.
Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He now looks like a long shot to get cleared in time for this weekend's game. That'd move Marquez Valdes-Scantling back inside for a plus matchup against a Jets defense that's allowed the 2nd most PPR points to slot receivers. MVS is still tough to trust, though, with 5 straight games under 20 yards.
Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. He still has multiple stages of the protocol to pass through. If Cobb isn't cleared by Sunday, Marquez Valdes-Scantling will step in as Green Bay's slot receiver with Equanimeous St. Brown playing on the outside along with Davante Adams.
Packers WR Randall Cobb sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Bears, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. It's the 1st known concussion for Cobb. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week.
Packers WR Randall Cobb was evaluated for a concussion in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears. The team hasn't yet announced whether Cobb has been diagnosed with the head injury. We'll keep an eye on him this coming week.
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