Man Up/ Step Aside TNF [Cowboys vs Redskins]
All of a sudden for those fantasy teams limping into the playoffs, or teams in must win situations, now face a tough task when it comes to choosing which of these guys you’re going to trust in your lineups on Thursday night. We have a good one here with the 116th meeting between these two teams with no love for another, This game could provide some high scoring potential, regardless of the lackluster offensive play of the Cowboys and the Redskins lately.
Back in Week 8 things were looking differently for both of these franchises. The Cowboys were coming off a Week 7 beat down featuring the 49ers, and they went into Washington and blew out the Skins the next week 33-19. Dak Prescott didn’t have any passing touchdowns or INT’s, but he didn’t have to throw the ball much only 22 times, because they had their best player on the field at the time in Ezekiel Elliott who racked up 150 yards, and two TD’s. For the Redskins it was Kirk Cousins and whoever else stepped up. Chris Thompson had a horrendous game, and if they had anything positive, it was that Jamison Crowder finally starting shaking out of his slump as he surprisingly finished with 123 receiving yards on nine catches.
The difference this time is pretty huge. Since Zeke was served with his suspension the Cowboys have been trending downward. Dak looks lost, he’s continuously getting blitzed and pressured, the passing game is out of sync, Dez is nowhere to be found, and it has translated to three straight losses. In the last three games the Cowboys have been outscored by 92 points and have only scored a whopping 22 points. For this Washington team they’ve been able to get back in the playoff hunt. They lost a heart breaker to New Orleans, but gained some ground in the East by beating the Giants. Nobody on the Cowboys is a must start, and Kirk Cousins should have no problem having a top ten performance on Thursday night, but regardless this should be a fun game to watch with seasons on the line.
I just mentioned how Dak is no longer a must start, and looking at some of the waiver options there’s better players out there like Case Keenum, Josh McCown, hell even Jay Cutler might be a solid option against a no longer scary Denver defense. But with his back up against the wall Dak is going to put up or shut up if he wants to silence to critics for a few days. This is a gamble, but Dallas will go as far as Dak will take them until Zeke returns.
Cousins has traditionally always had some great performances against Dallas. His last game at home against Dallas was a dud, but since then he’s been working with what he has–and unlike Dallas, Washington could be trending upwards. Also just look at what Philip Rivers did to the depleted defense, Cousins could have a similar performance if the proper adjustments aren’t made.
For six straight weeks not including the bye Crowder was a complete team killer. In fantasy he had six straight single digit games, and it wasn’t until Week 8 against this Cowboys team that Crowder finally became the player we were hopeful for when we drafted him. Since then he’s averaged no less than 72 yards, the targets are there, and Crowder could be in line for a huge workload against Dallas again.
Ehh this is the kind of game it is. I’d have to put Davis on here because last week he was on the field, but somehow appeared to be invisible because he put up a big fat zero, and that was with Jordan Reed out again. Reed is going to miss yet another game, and if you need any confidence for a dart throw in deeper leagues just look up Hunter Henry’s stats from the Thanksgiving game.
Man I miss the good ol’ days where Romo or Dak could just throw it up and Dez would go up and grab the ball like a man and make a play, but the truth is he’s no longer a WR 1, and not even a WR 2. A low-end WR 2 at best, but if Dak is going to be under pressure again, and the run game in a carousel, you might want to keep the X man on the bench if you have better options.
Obviously this goes for deeper leagues, but Beasley was coming up as a solid PPR flex play and just like Dez, he’s suffering from the same issues.
Witten could have a nice game here, but on a short week and Dak being bull rushed by teams, I fear Witten could find himself in more of a blocking role, rather than a pass-catcher.
The second year wideout has a bright future, but he’s just not getting targets. Albeit he’s averaging 14 yards per reception, but this might not be a big game for Doctson, especially if you need to win in Week 13.