The Monday morning hangover is here, but luckily for you, I’ve got some football news. The news is Dak Prescott, who turned in his 2nd impressive pre-season performance in a row this weekend. As long as Tony Romo is healthy and playing at a high level, he will be the starter in Dallas, but that doesn’t stop the former Mississippi State stud from being my #mancrushmonday choice this week.
In week 1 of the preseason, Dak went 10 for 12 throwing for 139 yards and 2 TD passes. He also added 13 yards on 2 rushing attempts. In his encore performance Prescott completed 12 of his 15 pass attempts for 199 yards and 2 scores. The icing on the cake were his 2 rushing touchdowns on 3 attempts for 28 more yards. Tony Romo and 3rd string QB Jameill Showers also played, but the star of the day put up what would have been 34 fantasy points.
As an Eagles fan, it’s a little frustrating to think about the fact that Dallas can spend a 4th round pick and get a quarterback that, so far, has looked better than the guy (Carson Wentz) we traded a ton of high-value picks for. I’m not about to anoint Prescott the better prospect of the future, but looking at all the other issues the Eagles have, especially on offense, it is slightly disheartening to see.
From a fantasy perspective, this does have an impact, but not necessarily in the way you might expect. Dak may not play a snap the entire regular season, but Tony Romo is on the back 9 of his career and has had some durability issues as of late. TFA’s Senior writer Jeff Donovan actually pointed an important factor out on last week’s Fantasy Authority Podcast. (Listen here) The main point of concern from a fantasy perspective is actually more about Dez Bryant. Prior to the pre-season play from Prescott, I was a little skeptical of taking Bryant as either a high first round pick or an early second. I think a lot of experts were cautious as well, and the reason being that despite a nagging injury, Bryant struggled last season with mediocre quarterback play when Romo was sidelined by injuries. With the impressive play from Prescott combined with the explosiveness we’ve seen from Bryant this pre-season, I am definitely more comfortable taking Bryant around his ADP in redraft leagues.
Dak is going to skyrocket up dynasty draft boards, and if you can get him for cheap, he is an interesting stash given his upside. In redraft leagues, he isn’t worth a draft pick, but keep him on your waiver-wire speed dial if Tony Romo gets hurt again.
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