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Dak Prescott has a muscle strain that caused the Cowboys to shut him down for a few weeks and conduct multiple MRIs. I don’t care how much reassurance the team wants to give the fanbase about Prescott’s condition, it stinks of something that he will play through, but at less than 100% and probably deteriorating as the season goes on. Prescott is too risky to take at ADP, take Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers instead… This takes the shine off of Ezekiel Elliott in the mid-first and Amari Cooper in the third, and when combined with Dalton Schultz cutting into Blake Jarwin’s opportunity, it takes Jarwin off of the late-round tight end target list… CeeDee Lamb looks like he’s the truth. The Prescott situation takes the edge off of his unknown upside, but I won’t talk anyone out of taking him in the third, or even late second… Michael Gallup is also having a great summer. He was underpriced at ADP so the Prescott issue doesn’t remove him from our target list.
New York Giants
The big fish free-agent addition Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and first-round pick Kadarius Toney (various) have done little in camp. Golladay is on the all ten-foot pole team… Saquon Barkley (knee) has been proceeding on schedule and looks to be on track to play Week 1, even if it’s a limited workload. His ADP has fallen enough to make him a puzzling proposition when weighing his raw talent vs. the situational factors that could hold him back. I probably won’t take the plunge but get it when others do… Sterling Shepard could be a garbage time star and he should have value as a safe WR3/Flex in PPR leagues. Consider him a free square late in PPR drafts.
It looks like Zach Ertz is going to stick around and he has been heavily involved in camp, so Dallas Goedert might not even be the most valuable fantasy tight end on the roster even though Ertz was a non-factor last year. Neither is worth drafting… Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, and fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell all appear to have some sort of role in the backfield, so there’s no clear backup to draft behind Miles Sanders… Jalen Hurts hasn’t exactly seized the mantle of franchise quarterback. With Joe Flacco lurking, it feels like there is a greater than zero percent chance Hurts gets pulled at some point if he has extended struggles… Devonta Smith is already over his knee sprain, but Quez Watkins has been the story among the wide receivers. Travis Fulgham has flopped in his bid to be the #3 receiver. There may not be a consistent wide receiver week-to-week once again this year.
Antonio Gibson has been the subject of a lot of hype about his role increasing in the passing game, perhaps to Christian McCaffrey proportions, but we haven’t seen it manifest on the preseason field. He’s still a leap of faith with a large potential reward in the second… UDFA Jaret Patterson has stolen the show in the preseason and is sure to make it as the #3 back. He and J.D. McKissic would likely be in a committee if Gibson were to go down… Curtis Samuel is back from the groin injury that affected him since June, although third-round pick Dyami Brown impressed while he was out and Adam Humphries rekindled his chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick so along with the freshly extended Logan Thomas, this is going to be a more crowded passing game than we’re used to below Terry McLaurin in the target pecking order.
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