The Week 2 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington features two teams that are going to be lucky to be in the playoff picture once the regular season winds down. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Amid all of the hype surrounding rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys took a loss at the hands of the New York Giants last week. Prescott completed 25 passes for 227 yards in the game. He did not turn the ball over but he also could not find the end zone for a score. He’s got a long way to go in order to be considered a legitimate threat in fantasy leagues, but if he does have one thing going for him this week it’s that he’s up against a Washington defence that conceded 38 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t able to break through for any big runs against the Giants and it looks like he may need some time to come into his own. That means Prescott will likely be throwing a lot against Washington, and he could be a surprise fantasy producer when all is said and done on Sunday.
If Prescott does manage to put up some numbers, some of his efforts will have a positive impact on wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant did catch a touchdown pass last week against the Giants but it won’t show up in the box score because he was ruled out of bounds. Not only was the call by the referees questionable, but Bryant’s afternoon ended with him securing just one pass on five targets for eight yards. He was most certainly drafted lower in fantasy leagues once owners realized that Tony Romo would be sidelined for a while, but Bryant and Prescott are going to have to find a way to get on the same page if owners are going to continue starting either player in their lineups.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson didn’t exactly stack up to the Steelers’ Antonio Brown last week, but he did still put up respectable numbers. Jackson was targeted 10 times by quarterback Kirk Cousins and managed to haul in six passes for 102 receiving yards. Jackson will continue to be heavily targeted all year long in Washington’s offense, and that makes him a week to week starter even though he can sometimes be a boom-or-bust type of player from a fantasy perspective. If Washington is going to pick up their first win of the season, Jackson will likely have to find the end zone, which is what his fantasy owners will not doubt be rooting for.
If Jackson can’t get the job done, teammate and tight end Jordan Reed will have to pick his game up. While Jackson is the team’s fastest player and arguably the most talented, Reed is more reliable in terms of helping keep drives alive. Obviously, as a tight end working the middle of the field, his job is to be the safety valve in third down situations; that leads Cousins to target him often in short yardage situations. Leading the team in targets last week, Reed caught seven out of 11 passes for 64 yards against the Steelers. His yardage total and the fact he didn’t score is disappointing, but in PPR formats he’s going to produce every single week. There’s no reason this week’s game against Dallas will buck that trend.