Fantasy football draft prep is in full-swing and after receiving hundreds of fantasy-related questions, half of which were, “who would you rather have” I figured bringing out a series of articles comparing two players against each other would help make the draft day decisions easier.

The first matchup pits two promising quarterbacks against each other. Here is the question I received…

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Q: I have a dilemma, I need help deciding between Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston as my QB in the 12-man league I am in this season. From Gary in Indiana

First off this is a great question, because to me, it shows the flaws in the generic ranking system 99% of fantasy players use. Dak Prescott is the 9th ranked QB using FantasyPros consensus ranking system, which takes all the major fantasy sites into account, while Jameis Winston sits at 12th. No-brainer Dak right? No way.

Even as a self-proclaimed diehard Cowboys fan, I would take Winston in a heartbeat over Prescott and here’s why:

Dak Prescott QB / Dallas (2016 stats)

CMP %: 67.8 YDS: 3,667 TD: 23 INT: 4 RUSH YDS: 282 RUSH TD: 6
ADP: No. 9 QB at No. 86 overall

Jameis Winston QB / Tampa Bay (2016 stats)

CMP %: 60.8 YDS: 4,090 TD: 28 INT: 18 RUSH YDS: 165 RUSH TD: 1
ADP: No. 12 QB at No. 90 overall
First off, I am a huge believer in Winston this season, one reason why he is my No.1 ranked QB in all of fantasy football for the 2017 season.
  • Let’s dig a little deeper. A lot of Prescott’s fantasy believers point to his rushing ability as the reason he is more valuable than Winston—all of Prescott’s rushing value is very touchdown reliant, he had six last season but couldn’t top 300 yards rushing. Jameis Winston had the exact same amount of rushing touchdowns his rookie season too–he followed that up with one in his sophomore campaign.
  • Prescott was incredibly consistent last season and smart with the football, only throwing four interceptions but did fumble nine times, something that worries me as a Prescott owner and a Dallas fan in general.
  • Winston has always been turnover prone since he entered the league and while I don’t think he will have under five interceptions, he shouldn’t have as many turnovers, here’s why: The Bucs have put more weapons around Winston (Evans, Jackson, Howard, Brate etc.) they have an improved offensive line which will give Jameis more time to throw and not deal with as much pressure as he is accustomed to. Add in another season in Dirk Koetter’s offense, Jameis will be more comfortable, resulting in less turnovers.
  • As mentioned above, I like the weapons Jameis has more than Prescott—sure Zeke and the Cowboys running game could be the best in the league and that will help alleviate pressure off of Dak, but in the end you want your fantasy QB to light up the scoreboard, something Winston will have more opportunities to do.
Let’s look at the weapons for each QB:
  • WR1 Mike Evans
  • WR1 Dez Bryant
  • WR2 DeSean Jackson
  • WR2 Terrance Williams
  • WR3 Adam Humphries/Chris Godwin
  • WR3 Cole Beasley/Ryan Switzer
  • TE: Cameron Brate/OJ Howard
  • TE: Jason Witten

I may have named my cat Dez Bryant, but that doesn’t mean he’s a better option than Mike Evans, a lot of that has to do with his failure to stay on the football field, but if Dez does go down again this season that will drastically affect Dak’s numbers. DeSean Jackson has been lighting it up at Buccaneers camp and is a much better option than ‘body-catcher’ Terrance Williams. I’ll give the WR3 edge to the Cowboys with two slippery wideouts . Jason Witten is one of the best tight ends to play the game, but at age 35, the Buccaneers tight end options are better at this point in their careers.

Both quarterbacks are being drafted very close to each other in fantasy drafts, but it is Winston that offers the most value. He will have more passing yards and touchdowns guaranteed—-and that reason alone should make you side with the former No.1 overall pick.
Dan’s pick: Jameis Winston
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