Dak Prescott Fantasy Outlook | Fantasy Quarterback Rankings 2021
Updated: Jun 27
Dak Prescott is an Elite Fantasy QB
Many fantasy owners are heading into 2021 rather sheepish about Dak Prescott, and it is hard to blame them. An offseason full of contract drama and the fact that he is still recovering from the compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle he suffered in week 5. It’s easy to see why many want to steer clear. That being said I have no doubt in my mind that Dak Prescott is a tier 1 elite fantasy quarterback. Before we go any further let me clarify that I am neither a fan of the Cowboys nor Dak Prescott; but I will not let that blind me from the phenomenal fantasy value that Dak offers your fantasy team. So lets talka bout his recovery and dig into the numbers that solidify his spot in our tier 1 rankings.
First and foremost, we need to address how healthy he will be come week one of this season, after all, talent means nothing on the bench. As of right now things are looking great for his recovery, and although we don't know much what we do know is promising. Adam Maya reported that Prescott has been walking on an anti-gravity treadmill and doing some mobility and movement training in a pool and added that he is "making impressive progress in his recovery."
“When I go in for rehab it’s about seeing my leg or seeing my body do something that it didn’t do the day before or creating a feeling that I didn’t have the day before so I know that I’m continuing to get better,” Prescott said in part. “And at the end of the day, I know my team needs me. I know that they need me now for support but they’ll need me again later, so it’s about helping them, whichever way that I can and however I can.” - Dak Prescott
The cowboys must also be optimistic about Dak's recovery, after all, they just signed him to a massive 4 year $166 million dollar contract that includes a $66 million signing bonus and $126 million guaranteed. Ultimately, if the cowboys feel comfortable enough to pay out that kind of money I don't have much concern. However, I will continue to be monitoring his injury to make sure he stays on track to be 100% week 1.
So Many Stats...
The stats speak for themselves, so lets take a look at Prescott's stats from the first 4 games of the season, since he was injured in the middle of week 5 we will ignore that game. In those first 4 games he scored 127 fantasy points which lead all quarterbacks and put him on pace to finish with 427 fantasy points which also would have had him #1 in fantasy points and would most definitely have kept him in the MVP conversation. He was averaging 422 yards a game putting him on pace for a nearly impossible 6,760 passing yards, but he wasn't just getting in done in the passing game, he managed to scramble his way into the endzone for 3 rushing touchdowns in just 4 games. His effectiveness on the ground made it nearly impossible for defenses to game plan as they already had to face against one of the most effective receiving corpse's in the league. Last year Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup combined for an average passer rating generated of 101.6 and that stat includes the games with Andy Dalton under center. Furthermore, Zeke has quietly turned himself into one of the leagues best pass catching backs. In Dak and Zeke's 4 full games together Zeke had a ridiculous 23 catches which was second only to Alvin Kamara's 30.
High Volume Offense
Lastly, the cowboys defense kept their offense on the field forcing Prescott to make big plays and score late into the 4th quarter out of pure necessity. Dalla’s defense allowed a league-worst 36.5 points per game giving Prescott volume, who unsurprisingly was leading the league in dropbacks(218), attempts(201), and attempts(137). While i'm sure Cowboys fans aren't happy about their defense, it meant and still means big fantasy points for their QB.
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