Cowboys 2018 dallas cowboys Fantasy Preview

One of the defining themes of the Cowboys 2017 season was the “will he or won't he play?” drama that surrounded running back Ezekiel Elliott every week. Ultimately, Elliott served a six-game suspension from Weeks 10 -15 which left many fantasy owners scrambling to choose between Alfred Morris or Rod Smith as the next man up in the backfield. It also gave credence to the suggestion that Dak Prescott might be more Zeke-dependent than some of us were willing to admit. A declining Dez Bryant had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career with little other help at the wide receiver position to support him. Jason Witten's long, successful career has been marked by an unsurprising late-career fade, which continued again in 2017. Although the five touchdowns were a nice surprise for anyone who dared start him. Even the normally reliable Dan Bailey struggled to a rough finish after a groin injury sidelined him for four weeks. As for the defense, it was spectacularly mediocre in most fantasy respects, finishing a perfect middle-of-the-road 16th among fantasy defenses.

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FACT: There is little doubt that the Cowboys will go as far as Ezekiel Elliott can carry them. Last season, the ‘Boys averaged 354.7 yards and 24.4 points per game when he played compared to 294 yards and 18.3 points per game without him.
Offseason Moves

The Cowboys said goodbye to a pair of stalwarts this offseason. One year after Tony Romo dipped into retirement, one of his favorite targets – Jason Witten – did the same. Dallas also released Dez Bryant and allowed Alfred Morris to walk in free agency. To try and fill a massive wide receiver void, the Cowboys added former Jaguar Allen Hurns and former Bill Deonte Thompson. Dallas also acquired former Rams jack-of-all-trades Tavon Austin and converted him to running back. The team focused heavily on offense in the draft, highlighted by Texas guard Connor Williams and Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup.

Sleepers & Busts

The question of who gets the targets in the new-look Cowboys passing game is still an open one, but the combination of Hurns and Gallup could turn out to be late-round finds if they can build a rapport with Prescott. Though after last season's uneven performance, fantasy managers would be wise to exercise caution on the young quarterback. For a couple of years now, the Legend of Rico Gathers has been growing. With Jason Witten gone, this is an opportunity to show what the former Baylor basketball player can do.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Dak Prescott Cooper Rush Mike White
RB Ezekiel Elliott Rod Smith Tavon Austin
WR Allen Hurns Deonte Thompson Michael Gallup Cole Beasley Terrance Williams
TE Geoff Swaim Rico Gathers Blake Jarwin Dalton Schultz
K Dan Bailey Brett Maher