The Dallas Cowboys enter week 2 back home against the New York Giants after an abysmal offensive performance in week 1. Dak Prescott barely eclipsed 150 yards passing and was unable to register a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliot finished with 69 yards on the ground, one rushing touchdown and another 17 yards receiving. Prescott left much to be desired, while Elliot still enjoyed a fairly decent day as far as fantasy football is concerned. Cole Beasley emerged from this group of unreliable pass catchers with 7 receptions for 73 yards. However, the question remains will this offense bounce back in week 2 or continue their downward spiral.
Dak Prescott: Sit
In 2017, in two games against the Giants, Prescott threw for 600 yards and four touchdowns while completing 44 of 69 passing attempts. In his last four regular season games, he has thrown for 742 yards and just one touchdown. Not only will Prescott be facing a better secondary this week but it is hard to put faith in a guy that hasn’t shown a capability of moving the ball consistently since the Cowboy’s 2017 week 15 matchup against the Giants. Prescott is going to have to earn the trust of fantasy owners before he can be a reliable starter going forward. It’s best to sit the third-year pro this week.
Ezekiel Elliott: Start
Elliott is coming off of his worst statistical rushing performance since his 8-yard struggle in 2017 against the Denver Broncos. However, we all know Zeke’s role in this offense will remain huge. Last week, before Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette exited the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, he carried the ball nine times for 41 yards. His replacement, T. J. Yeldon, finished the game adding on another 52 yards on 14 carries and a receiving touchdown. Blake Bortles also put up 42 yards on the ground. All that to say Ezekiel Elliott is in your starting lineup Sunday night.
Cole Beasley: FLEX option
The Jaguars offense attacked the Giants’ defense in a similar fashion to how the Cowboys will. Wide receiver by committee. Fortunately, Dede Westbrook, who does most of his work in the slot finished with five receptions for 51 yards. Not the greatest production in the world, but Beasley is a more polished route runner than Westbrook. The Giants slot corner B.W. Webb should have his hands full trying to limit Beasley from repeating his week 1 performance.
Dallas Cowboys D/ST: Start
How does 17 carries for 38 yards sound? Not good for the second overall pick the Giants invested in Saquon Barkley in this year’s draft. Outside of the incredible 68-yard touchdown run, he was able to pull off early in the fourth quarter, Barkley was held to less than three yards a carry. This Giants’ offensive line should present a favorable matchup for the Cowboys front seven. Eli Manning has thrown at least one interception in his last four match-ups against the Cowboys. Odell Beckham has only one game of more than a hundred yards and three times he has been held under 50 yards against this defensive unit. The defense is better overall than they have been in years and they have a chance to once again prove that Sunday night.
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