Fantasy vs. NFL success is a different game. Do I think Dak Prescott is an elite level NFL franchise quarterback? Please, give me a break. Do I believe Dak can be a useful and maybe even elite fantasy quarterback? Sure I do, sign me up for that all day. Is Dak Prescott underrated for fantasy?
Another spoiler alert, but we just had our site-wide fantasy draft last night. That video is coming out soon. I was able to snag Dak Prescott for $12. It got me thinking. Do fantasy players confuse NFL success with fantasy success? From the eye test, Prescott is probably an average to an above-average quarterback. He’s not in the same area code as Carson Wentz. But fantasy is a different ball game.
Dak’s raw numbers last year were pretty, pretty good. Four thousand nine hundred two yards, 30 touchdowns, on over 65% completion. On the surface, I’ll take that all day, every day. Dak also brings rushing potential. Since entering the league, Dak leads the league in broken tackles and has scored 21 rushing touchdowns in four years.
Do I think Dak’s talent matches his production? No, I do not. What does it matter for fantasy? I think Kellen Moore did a fantastic job hiding Dak’s weaknesses. The reality is that Dak’s supporting cast raises his level of play. We’re still talking about an elite offensive line that doesn’t let Dak get sneezed on, let alone sacked. Oh, did I mention he has Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup on his side too?
You would be hard-pressed to find a quarterback that has more help outside of Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. Again, that’s if you also include Andy Reid as a bonus. Dak has plenty of support. Of course, his numbers should be taken with a grain of salt more than they otherwise would have.
I have no issue with having Dak as my quarterback for fantasy. I often criticize Dak for not elevating his team, given the help that he has. The reality is none of that matters for fantasy. With the weapons and added rushing potential, Dak should be a top-10 quarterback in fantasy, easy.
Dak was the QB two in 2019. The only concern is Mike McCarthy sticking his hands in the kitchen and ruining the vibe with Kellen Moore. Could that happen? Sure, but even if Dak regresses, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be a top of the line fantasy signal-caller.