Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Dallas Cowboys

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Dallas Cowboys.



Dak Prescott478.6300.6325420.810.859318.65.30255.42
Through his first two NFL seasons, Prescott has finished as fantasy's QB6 and QB9, respectively. Even though Prescott and Dez Bryant never seemed to get on the same page, the Dez-less Cowboys will have one of the league's least-talented group of pass-catchers in 2018. Rushing for 12 touchdowns in two seasons, Prescott's dual-threat abilities help to raise his floor despite a lack of talented pass-catchers, but it's possible he finishes outside the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks for the first time in his young career.
Cooper Rush2.41.214000.52000.76

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Running Backs


Ezekiel Elliott308.51357.410.241.5419.22.51251.86
The rushing champion as a rookie, Elliott served a six-game suspension in 2017 but led the league in rushing yards per game (98.3) with a larger workload (24.2 carries per game) in his sophomore campaign. With limited weapons in the passing game, Elliott and the Cowboys will face many eight-men fronts, but the former Buckeye should get north of 300 carries with a chance for another rushing title.
Rod Smith35.4148.71.112.21220.6037.27
Bo Scarbrough33.5144.11.73.827.
Jamize Olawale11.342.90.57.765.
Trey Williams1.56.401.815.30.102.77
Darius Jackson2.510.80.100001.68

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Wide Receivers


Allen Hurns52.1687.75.20000.199.77
Two years removed from a 1,031/10 season, Hurns has missed five-plus games in each of the past two seasons with a total of 961 yards and five touchdowns combined over that stretch. While a return to 2015 numbers is unlikely, Hurns should be able to set three-year highs if he's able to stay healthy and could be the most productive of the Cowboys wide receivers.
Michael Gallup41.3528.64.10000.376.86
Even though the Cowboys waited until the third round to select Gallup, it's possible that the PFF favorite leads all rookie wide receivers in production given the team's lack of playmakers.
Terrance Williams36.6552.73.10000.373.27
With Dez Bryant no longer on the roster, Williams could be viewed as the favorite to lead the team in receiving. Even so, I expect Dak Prescott to spread the ball around enough that none of the team's receivers will finish as a top-36 fantasy option. I could see a bunch of the team's receivers finishing in the range of 400 to 600 yards in 2018.
Cole Beasley50.4493.940000.372.79
With future HOFer Jason Witten hanging up his cleats, there should be more targets heading the slot receiver's way. In Dak Prescott's rookie season, Beasley had a 75/833/5 line. At a minimum, I'd expect him to post better numbers than last season's 36/314/4.
Tavon Austin21.3181.11.542.8278.22.12.563.73
For the most part, Austin has underperformed compared to his lofty draft status (eighth-overall pick in 2013). Back in 2015, Austin had 907 yards from scrimmage (473 receiving and 434 rushing), 52 receptions and 10 total touchdowns including one return score. While I doubt he posts those numbers in Dallas (especially the double-digit touchdowns part), it's possible fantasy owners get the second-best numbers of his career.
Noah Brown5.454.50.50000.18.25
Deonte Thompson3.851.30.30000.16.73
Cedrick Wilson1.617.80.100002.38

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Tight Ends


Blake Jarwin30.7334.63.10000.151.86
With Jason Witten retired and moving into the Monday Night Football booth, Jarwin could be the biggest beneficiary among the team's tight ends. Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News wrote: "[I]t was Jarwin, not [Geoff] Swaim, making a splash in offseason activities. Dak Prescott regularly targeted Jarwin up the middle, particularly in red-zone situations."
Geoff Swaim9.8102.90.8000015.09
Dalton Schultz5510.40000.17.3
Rico Gathers4.145.90.40000.16.79

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