Dallas Cowboys offense holds a bright outlook
The league’s best offense for fantasy football production might not reside in Kansas City…
By: Trenton Roberts (Twitter: @TRobertsNFL)
Patrick Mahomes has been all the rage in the NFL for the past few seasons, leading a dominant Chiefs offense to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and garnering an MVP award in 2018. Paired with an all-time great tight end in Travis Kelce and the league’s best current deep threat, Tyreek Hill, the explosive offense has been the best unit in the league since 2018.
However, by the end of the 2021 season, they might not have the best fantasy football group.
From weeks 1-4 of the 2020 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys offense was, simply put, unstoppable. During that time frame, Dak Prescott attempted a mind-boggling 50 passing attempts per game, completing 34 passes an outing for a whopping 422.5 yards per game and 9 total scores. On top of that, the young signal caller also added on 84 rushing yards and three scores on the ground in that time frame. In total, Prescott averaged just over 31 fantasy points per game during that pre-injury stretch, tops in the league.
It wasn’t all about Prescott, however. In PPR (Points-Per-Reception) formats, running back Ezekiel Elliott also dominated, averaging 108 scrimmage yards per game in that stretch, along with four touchdowns and nearly six receptions per game on 7.5 targets. Overall, Zeke was fourth at the position after four weeks, averaging just over 22 PPR points per game during that stretch.
Back to the passing game, we can see just how Dak Prescott was able to dominate. It all started with wide receiver Amari Cooper, who, during that same time period, averaged just over nine catches on 12.8 targets per game for 100 yards per game, also chipping in a receiving score in those four weeks. Alongside Cooper was 2020 rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb, who pitched in 21 catches on 29 targets for 309 yards and a pair of scores in those four weeks. Wildly enough, Lamb actually improved later in the season, leaving us to wonder if he can continue to dominate with Prescott back under center. Overall, Cooper and Lamb slotted in as the WR1 and WR16 overall in that stretch, with Cooper averaging just over 21 PPR points per game and Lamb just above 16.
Finally, despite it being a less-talked-about position, Dalton Schultz put on a show for Cowboys fans from the tight end spot during the first four weeks of 2020. During that stretch of play, Schultz chipped in a modest 55 yards per game on 4.5 catches per outing, also catching a pair of scores. These numbers lifted Schultz to the TE6 spot during that stretch, averaging 12.5 PPR points per game in that time. While the number isn’t jaw-dropping, it is a good number for the position, and Schultz could provide some great return on investment.
Overall, the 2021 fantasy football season can’t come soon enough. With a lot of new names and familiar faces in new places, the year should be as exciting as ever. However, as an early prediction, if you can come away with one or more of the Cowboys listed above, I’ll go ahead and say that you’re in for a great season!