The Cowboys have scored fewer than 10 points without Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup. For perspective and a topical comparison, the last team to pull off this level of inefficiency was the 2003 Giants. For this reason, you can guess there’s not a lot of starts on the Dallas side of the ball for Thursday Night but if we’ve learned anything it’s that this season is unpredictable and prime time games have made for some of the biggest surprises. So, hedge your bets and hold onto your butts.
Captain Kirk has led Washington to an unlikely playoff berth in the biggest game of their season against a struggling foe. Washington proved they have what it takes to compete with a stunning near miss against New Orleans a few weeks ago. With plenty of options and improved timing, Cousins is poised to take advantage of Dallas’ less than stellar secondary.
Josh Doctson has improved chemistry with Cousins and makes a popular pick for most fantasy owners. On a team where the leading pass catchers included a now injured RB, it’s hard to trust anyone in fantasy starts but Crowder proved last time these teams met that he’s got what it takes.
Perine has come in to replace Chris Thompson since he went down with injury and has blown up. The rookie is another in a series of rookies proving this to be one of the strongest RB classes in years. Dallas hasn’t allowed a rusher to gain more than 91 yards in 5 games but they should have their hands full Thursday night.
Surprise! By the numbers Morris isn’t a smart play here but if you like playing against the grain there’s some support. The Dallas offense absolutely HAS to run through Morris if they have any chance of making the postseason. Expect Dallas to find ways to get him involved early and often.
Davis has been stellar for Washington since Jordan Reed went down, again. He’s facing a Dallas team that is weak against opposing TEs allowing at least 49 yards in four consecutive weeks.
There’s no good choice here if we’re being honest but Nick Rose has the better shot here with a more potent offense. Dallas has been strong against opposing kickers so don’t expect too much.
If Washington can stop the run, Dallas is a sitting duck. Considering they managed to handle Drew Brees and the one two punch of Ingram and Kamara with relative efficiency, it’s not looking good in Big D.
Prescott has struggled mightily since Elliott went out. The entire offense seems out of sync. Thursday Night games notoriously out of character. Maybe it’s the lack of game planning, the tired defense, no one knows but I don’t still hold much hope for Dallas to get it turned around yet.
Bryant is one of my favorite fantasy receivers but for whatever reason he has become super inefficient. Dallas doesn’t have the offensive power to be wasting targets on a receiver not picking up much needed yardage. I’m putting Bryant on the shelf until things improve.
Again, you need offense to score points and Dallas doesn’t have that. Add on Washington’s prowess against Tight Ends and the numbers aren’t there to justify a start.
With an offense that struggles to get downfield, Dan Bailey’s opportunities should be limited.
Washington has too many weapons to expect the Cowboys to put up much of a fight on defense.
Who are your picks for tonight’s match up?