The finale of the fantasy regular season might be the most nerve-racking of the fantasy season, perhaps more so than the playoffs. For fantasy managers making that final push to the playoffs and calculating playoff scenarios to secure a final spot, it’s a lot. An early slate of games that featured a shootout in Baltimore and Atlanta had several fantasy managers on pins and needles entering Sunday night’s contest between the Eagles and Cowboys.
As for the Cowboys’ offense, it got off to an early rhythm to control the game’s pace early. Defensively, they never allowed the Eagles to find any footing and limited their prime scoring opportunities. For a bonus, Brandon Aubrey was once again fantastic. Aubrey made all his kicks and is now a perfect 30 for 30 on field goal attempts to begin his career.
QB, Dak Prescott – 23 points on Yahoo fantasy
Sunday was a respectable performance from Dak Prescott, but not to the standard we’ve grown accustomed to over the last month or so of the season. The positives are that Prescott threw two touchdown passes versus zero interceptions. Prescott has 25 total touchdowns versus two interceptions in the last seven games. Prescott had an average of 6.9 yards per attempt and, despite having three carries, had only 11 rushing yards total. Of Prescott’s 39 pass attempts, only four went beyond 20 yards. Dallas utilized a systematic approach but yielded fewer explosive plays than we’ve seen on Prescott’s hot streak.
Prescott said, “If I play my best game, we were putting a 50 up there.” He’s right. Prescott knows the Cowboys’ offense wasn’t their sharpest and left several opportunities on the field. Prescott had some throws that were too high for his receiver, or seemed like a miscommunication on the routes. This type of error has been almost absent during his hot streak. It was not a bad outing from Prescott, but not one that would blow anyone’s socks off.
RB, Tony Pollard – 15 points on Yahoo fantasy
Entering Sunday’s game, there might have been hesitancy to start Tony Pollard against the Eagles. The Eagles allow the fewest points to fantasy running backs, primarily for how stingy they can be in the interior of their defense. Additionally, the Cowboys still need to find a consistent running game, but it isn’t for a lack of trying. The Cowboys have given Pollard a steady workload and did so again Sunday. Pollard carried the ball 16 times for 59 yards. Missed chances also impacted Pollard’s fantasy production as Pollard had a long run called back by penalty and gave way to Rico Dowdle for a 1-yard touchdown run at the goal line.
However, Pollard salvaged his day as a receiver and caught a career-tying seven passes for 37 yards on eight targets. The fantasy playoff schedule for Pollard will be equally as challenging with upcoming games against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. The bright side is Pollard’s receiving upside is enough to give him a much higher fantasy floor.
WR, CeeDee Lamb – 19 points on Yahoo fantasy
Like Prescott, CeeDee Lamb had a good performance but not the spectacular showing he has had during Prescott’s hot streak. The duo’s fantasy forecast indicates their success with one another, especially considering the volume of targets Lamb has gotten from Dak Prescott. While Lamb’s 25% target share against the Eagles is good, ten targets are different from the volume that has seen Lamb become a top-five fantasy receiver and a big step down from Lamb’s 17 targets versus Seattle.
On the bright side, Lamb did find the end zone for the fifth consecutive week. Yet, Prescott and Lamb could have connected on a deep pass down the left sideline that would have made a much bigger impression on the fantasy scoreboard for both players. Look for Lamb to continue dominating the Cowboys’ targets and keep ascending up the fantasy rankings.
TE, Jake Ferguson – 12 Yahoo fantasy points
Jake Ferguson is being incorporated into the offense regularly and is second chair to Lamb in the receiving hierarchy. Against the Eagles, Ferguson gave Philadelphia all they could handle. Ferguson’s ability to make plays after the catch separates him from the average tight end.
Ferguson is a mismatch thanks to the ability to catch the ball with soft hands and a load to bring down once he gets the catch. Ferguson was targeted by Prescott eight times and caught five of them for 72 yards. 51 of those 72 yards were after the catch. Ferguson hopped and hurdled his way over the Eagles, then dragged Eagles defenders on his back en route to a big night in primetime. Ferguson should remain a prominent piece of the offense as the Cowboys enter a critical stretch that will surely be a bevy of high-scoring affairs.
DEF/ST – 15 points on Yahoo Fantasy
The Cowboys’ defense was tremendous against the Eagles on Sunday night. Their defense, led by their veterans, grounded the Eagles’ offense and allowed the Cowboys to race out to a big lead versus Philadelphia. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was excellent in critical spots. His defense on A.J. Brown limited his yards after the catch and curtailed his ability to create big plays with the ball in his hands. Gilmore’s timely forced fumble on Brown and his big fourth-down stop on DeVonta Smith kept the Eagles’ offense at bay.
Overall, Dallas held the Eagles’ offense to a meager six points on offense and zero offensive touchdowns. Whenever the Eagles were on the cusp of points, the Cowboys took the air out of the Eagles sideline. The Cowboys coerced the Eagles into three fumbles and recovered each. All the Eagles’ turnovers occurred in the Cowboys’ territory.
The Cowboys only got one sack against Jalen Hurts, but the pressure rattled Hurts into many poor throws. Dallas held Hurts under 200 yards passing and a QBR of 38.1. This is all the more impressive when you consider the Eagles were scoring the fifth-most points against fantasy defenses at nearly 27 points per game overall. Fifteen fantasy points is a solid total against an offense that can put several defenses in a bind.