October 15, 2022, 11:51 am
Cowboys (+6.5) @ Eagles (-275): O/U 42
Sunday Night Football features a game between the Cowboys and Eagles that has a large number of startable fantasy players and even from a non-fantasy perspective, this game should be very good. Both team’s have very strong defenses, ranking inside the top-10, and are both strong plays for fantasy GMs. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys skill players are hindered by the lack of Dak Prescott, while the Eagles are souring with Jalen Hurts. With both defenses being so strong, this game will more than likely go one of two ways. This game will either be a defensive battle with both offenses struggling to get the ball moving, or this game will have the Eagles continue to do their thing on offense while the Cowboys fail to keep up and the game gets out of hand.
According to reports, Dak Prescott is getting close to being back at full health, which means this might be the last start from Cooper Rush for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately for Rush, it comes against one of the NFL’s top defenses. The Eagles are fourth best in total yards allowed per game, while ranking seventh in points allowed. Rush had a fine game against the Commanders in Week 4, but outside of that game he has failed to crack 14 fantasy points in a game. The lack of fantasy upside and a tough matchup keeps Rush off the fantasy radar, while being a borderline second-QB option in superflex leagues.
Ezekiel Elliott & Tony Pollard: So far this season, Zeke has yet to either average 4.0 yards per carry or have over 75 combined yards in a single game, while Pollard has done one or both of those in a game on three occasions. Elliott continues to get the vast majority of work in the rushing game and has had at least 16 touches per game since Week 1, yet he has only been targeted five times this season. Pollard has two touchdowns in comparison to Zeke’s one and he continues to be the vastly more efficient and explosive back. It’s clear that the Cowboys love Elliott and want to keep him involved as much as possible, but his RB28 ranking this season has to be a major concern for his fantasy GMs. He will remain in that range until Prescott returns, but until then he will have his fantasy upside capped while Rush is starting. Pollard is a dart-throw in all formats with his ability to break massive plays ,accompanying his low-usage rates.
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