Phillip Simmons gives you his rundown of the Sunday Night game! Follow him on Twitter @Statsandfactsff!
Cowboys 10 Saints 12
This game for the Cowboys in Week 4 was their first real test at a good defense to prove to the league that they are elite and they vastly underperformed. To start the game the Saints forced the Cowboys into beating them by stacking eight in the box and have Dak Prescott beat them with his throwing. Unlike this year’s first 3 games, Dak reverted back to his regular play. I noticed that he wasn’t throwing the ball deep as he was earlier in the season because he was actually playing a defense with a good pass rush and an even better secondary. Lattimore shut down Amari Cooper and with Michael Gallup out of the lineup Devin Smith couldn’t pick up the slack. Dak’s only saving grace was OLD reliable ,and emphasis on old, Jason Witten and even he lost a fumble during this crucial game for them.
With all that being said Ezekiel Elliott also had a lackluster game in a standpoint of regular football fan. For fantasy he was relevant in PPR due to his six receptions and the lone Touchdown of the game. According to Bob Lung and his Clutch Rate tool, Dak and Zeke are both in the top five in Clutch games this year due to the lackluster defenses they have played this year. Zeke will be an every week start no question but maybe you may have to stream the position for Dak against a good to great defense because he may underperform and lose you a week. The definition of inconsistency from the wide receiver position Amari Cooper struck again this week. 5 catches for 48 yards for some fantasy owners that have him as their number one receiver could be alarming after watching this game. If Tyron Smith is out for a long period of time with his high ankle sprain, Dak can start to get happy feet and start to throw to Witten and Zeke consistently and that could leave Amari out of the equation.
Next up for the Cowboys is the Green Bay Packers. Zeke is a must start obviously but I would closely observe your team and consider some streaming options for Dak. Jaire Alexander is one of my favorite young corners in this league and Kevin King plays very physical. This Game script is a heavy running game due to the Packers terrible rushing defense. Gas up Zeke in redraft, DFS, and dynasty.
Most experts in the industry have written off the New Orleans Saints for many reasons and rightfully so. The injury to Drew Brees is a huge part of that. Teddy Bridgewater has come in and played pretty well as a game manager and not losing them the game. He isn’t a streamable option week to week due to his lack of Touchdown upside but when you talent like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas anything is possible. He constantly targeted Michael Thomas all game and he caught all nine of his targets. It has been a huge question mark as if he would still be fantasy relevant when Drew Brees retires.
Thomas shut those critics up with his 9 catches for 95 yards this week. Unfortunately for Teddy he didn’t have a reliable pass catcher. They mostly had to rely on the human highlight reel Alvin Kamara. He was almost impossible to bring down with a regular arm tackle but they still bottled him up for a modest fantasy week. He is totally matchup proof every week in Standard or PPR due to his outrageous talent. One player that has extremely disappointed for the Saints all year and this game has to be Latavius Murray. Through 4 games he only has 66 yards and one touchdown. He was supposed to take over the Mark Ingram role and has been very underwhelming. HIs ADP this year was a mid 6th rounder due to Ingram’s production with Kamara. Murray is a strong cut candidate.
Next week the Saints have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and with the way the Bucs played against the Rams, this should be a shootout. Gas up Kamara, Thomas and maybe even Cook because Gerald Everett looked very well against that defense last week. Cook could be a sneaky DFS play for you next week. Teddy could be a cheap DFS play as well.
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