Today is Sunday. Which means it is time for the bulk week 5 of fantasy football! This morning started with a matchup of Falcons vs Jets in London. Other games today included Saints vs Washington Football Team, Broncos vs Steelers, and SNF of Bills and Chiefs. But this article focuses on a division rivalry, Cowboys vs Giants fantasy football preview.
Ezekiel Elliott RB Cowboys
Elliott got into the running game last week against the Panthers. He rushed for 143 yards and recorded a TD. Which was good enough for 20.3 points in ESPN PPR leagues. Another stat about this is that it was his most rushing yards since week 10 of 2018. He is coming to life and against the Giants at home will be another game for him despite being questionable. This defense allows 4.7 yards per carry to tailbacks. Look for the Cowboys RB’s Pollard included to have good running today.
Others to Consider
Kenny Golladay WR Giants
With Shepard and Slayton still out Golladay has become the top WR of the Giants. This means he will have the busy workload this week which makes him an option to start in your WR 2 or Flex position. This matchup is also a good one for him as the Cowboys defense has been allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to receiving corps. Last week he had 7 targets in which he caught 6 for 116 yards. I expect him to have around the same productivity. If there is a receiving TD it will come from Golladay.
Dak Prescott balled out last week against the Panthers. He threw for 4 TD’s and also rushed for 35 yards. He had his season low of passing yards recording only 188 due to the success of his RB’s. But even with a season low passing yards he still put up 27 fantasy points. Why is he only on the considered and not a must start? Because today marks a year ago where he suffered a gruesome season ending ankle injury, against none other then the Giants. The NFL knew exactly what they were doing when scheduling this game for today. I can only imagine this will be in the back of Dak’s mind while he is playing today. Which will either prove to be a positive or negative thing.
This Defense has not produced this fantasy season. They allowed 27 points for Broncos week 1, 30 points for WFT week 2 and 21 points for Saints week 3. Their only positive defense performance came against the Falcons where the Giants still lost the game 17-14. The Cowboys offense has been hot since the start of the season, putting up 29 points week 1, 20 points week 2, 41 points week 3 and 36 points week 4. Needless to say they will put up points against this weak Giants defense. With Giants being away this is not a matchup where I would stream them.
Cowboys vs Giants Final Thoughts
There is a lot of significance in this game. Not only with it being the 1 year anniversary of Dak Prescott’s injury. This is a rivalry game where teams tend to go all out and these type of games tend to be closer then people expect. Many predict the Cowboys to win this one (including myself) but never count an underdog out.
As far as other players to consider playing although many people do not like Daniel Jones he has had a pretty good fantasy showing if you are in a pickle at QB he could be a good start. In the trio of Cowboys WR’s (currently Cooper, Lamb and Wilson) any could be good plays with Wilson being a sneaky flex option. The Cowboys TE’s have also been producing enough to get them a start but Schultz over Jarwin. This week I would not play Barkley but look towards recievers and TE’s on the Giants as this is where points will come from. Overall this Sunday matchup of Cowboys vs Giants has some good fantasy potential.
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