Friday, December 1, 2017


The Dallas Cowboys got a running game going again and without Ezekiel Elliott as well which helped them knock off the Washington Redskins in a blowout.  Let's check out the fantasy football-related items to come out of the game. 

-While he did deliver two touchdown passes, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott continues to be nothing but a mediocre fantasy football passer as he completed just 11-of-22 throws for 102 yards.  Prescott injured his thumb on his throwing hand during the first half but he still was pretty brutal when asked to pass the football and in each game since Elliott has gone out, the numbers have been rough.  There is no way you can depend on Prescott going into the fantasy football playoff weeks. 

Meanwhile Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was solid as usual in completing 26-of-37 throws for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Cousins was under siege all game and that led to two interceptions and multiple hits but he remains a very dependable mid-tier fantasy football QB.

-Ugly night for Redskins running back Samaje Perine who rushed for just 38 yards on 12 carries as the team was forced to throw on almost every down in the second half.  Perine did all 3 catches for 33 yards to help in PPR but it was an otherwise useless night.

On the other side, Cowboys running back Alfred Morris rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries and one score in a turn-back-the-clock outing going back to his old Redskins days.  Rod Smith added 27 yards and a score on 10 carries but it was the Morris Show in this one.  Morris retains decent talent in a standard league sort of way and can be safely used next week.

-FINALLY something positive from Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant.  It turned out that Josh Norman was more on Terrance Williams than on Bryant and that helped hit the end zone for the first time in weeks.  Overall Bryant caught five balls for 61 yards and the score and it brought back images from his WR 1 heyday.  Despite the decent line, without the score Bryant would have been a non-factor again and so he retains a razor-thin margin in terms of weekly output.  That was all she wrote really for the Cowboys receivers as well since Jason Witten (1 catch for 8 yards) and Cole Beasley (2 for 14) did nothing and Williams (2 for 21) was bottled up by Norman.

As far as the Redskins were concerned, Jamison Crowder couldn't build on his big Week 12 as he turned the ball over twice and caught just five balls for 67 yards.  While not the worst outing in the world, the lost fumble took away points on what was a sort of light day for Crowder which was especially disappointing considering how much the Redskins were forced to wing it. 

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