In fantasy football, owners try to find players that present value, whether that is in the draft or on the waiver wire. Owners will try to find players who are undervalued to add to their team to help them win the championship. With that said, is Dak Prescott undervalued in Fantasy Football?
Past Fantasy Seasons
Since being drafted in the fourth round in the 2016 NFL Draft, Prescott has been in QB1 range. He finished in the top 10 for three of his four seasons and ranked 11th in 2017, which is borderline for a QB1. Prescott has stayed healthy and is proven to be able to produce a solid amount for fantasy football owners.
Last season, Prescott really came into his own. He passed for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 65.1 percent completion. This helped him rank second overall for fantasy quarterbacks to Lamar Jackson, which was the highest finish of his career. Prescott had career-highs in passing yards and passing touchdowns, showing his progression as a passer.
With him having his best fantasy season yet, it is fair to expect him to be productive in 2020 again.
In 2019, the Cowboys had a solid offense that could move the ball, but they couldn’t finish drives off with touchdowns. They ranked in the top five in rushing and passing, but stalled out before they could score on a lot of drives. Partially due to their lack of scoring, the Cowboys missed out on the playoffs and head coach Jason Garrett was fired.
This offseason the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy to be their head coach. He helped develop Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, so Prescott will benefit from his tutelage. Dallas lost Travis Frederick on the offensive line, but they still should have a good unit upfront. While Randall Cobb was lost in free agency, the Cowboys used their first-round pick on wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to go with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.
With the changes this offseason, there is no excuse for the Cowboys to not put more points on the board. they have a solid offensive line, an offensive-minded head coach and plenty of weapons, including running back Ezekiel Elliot, to help the Cowboys put the ball in the end zone more often. That in itself will help Prescott have another great fantasy season.
Dak Prescott Fantasy Outlook
Prescott has all the tools at his disposal to have another top-five ranking in fantasy football. Lamar Jackson and a healthy Patrick Mahomes are good bets to finish higher than him. Other than that, he will be battling it out with Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and others for placement among the top quarterbacks. Fortunately for Prescott, he finished higher than them last year and has additional weapons to use this season.
Football fans arguing against a big contract for Prescott will use arguments that either doubt his abilities as a passer or will claim that most of his stats come in garbage time. Fantasy football doesn’t care about when or how the points are gained, so this perception pushes Prescott’s value down, but it shouldn’t when coming to fantasy football. Prescott’s contract situation might be a blessing this year in fantasy, as he is going to want to have a great season since he is on a one-year deal with the franchise tag.
When other owners start taking quarterbacks in fantasy drafts, consider waiting and then taking Prescott. Some outlets, including The Game Haus, has him ranked third for quarterbacks, but if he starts dropping because of perception, consider taking Prescott.
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