It’s too bad the upcoming Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys tilt can’t be played in the same manner that we play Fantasy football. In that world, Philly would, more than likely, outscore the Cowboys by a 105.03 to 86.1 margin, so says Yahoo’s projections. Why can’t life be that easy?
Winning a Fantasy matchup isn’t easy either. Anyone who plays can tell you that. For that reason, let’s break down each position and look at a few projections for another chapter in this rivalry on Sunday Night Football.
Here’s a Fantasy breakdown of the Eagles and Cowboys game in Week 6.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (23.91 projected points):
There’s no surprise here. Jalen Hurts has been Fantasy gold for those smart enough to draft him this year. Only Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson have accounted for more points so far. They’re also the only two quarterbacks expected to score more than Jalen Hurts this week.
Cowboys QB Cooper Rush (14.69 projected points)
Spoiler alert: It’s not good when your quarterback has a lower projection than your wide receiver. We’re not saying CeeDee Lamb isn’t good, but with an expected 14.69 points, Cooper Rush is rated as the week’s 25th-best quarterback option, two spots behind an injured Mac Jones. That has to hurt.
Attention Dak Prescott, go easy with that recovery. There’s no rush (pun intended) for you to get back on the field.
Eagles running back Miles Sanders (12.21 projected points)
Miles Sanders won’t like this projection. His 12.21 points make him the RB 15 for the coming week, just behind the underwhelming Najee Harris and the injured James Conner.
Sanders went off for 29.6 points against the Jaguars two weeks ago, but he only accounted for 8.4 points versus the Cardinals. Dallas has been terrific against the run this year, so this modest estimate shouldn’t be a surprise.
Cowboys RBs Ezekiel Elliot (11.64 projected points), Tony Pollard (7.78 projected points)
Did you know that Tony Pollard has accounted for more Fantasy points (50.9) than Ezekiel Elliott (44.2) this year? Pollard has fewer carries (44) than Elliott (88), but people don’t seem to realize that Pollard has been the better tailback.
Tony Pollard is still available in 22% of Yahoo leagues. Pick him up if he’s available. At worst, he’s a handcuff to an aging Zeke. If Elliott gets hurt, Tony Pollard could win your league for you.
Eagles wide receivers A.J. Brown (14.61 projected points) and DeVonta Smith (12.84 projected points)
Fantasy owners would love to see A.J. Brown revisit the 25.5 points he had in the opener, but that won’t be easy against the Cowboys’ defense. Owners with Brown on their team should remember that Jalen Hurts doesn’t throw many touchdowns. More often than not, he reaches the end zone with his legs.
A.J.’s Fantasy numbers have dipped while DeVonta Smith’s numbers have risen. The two are separated by less than eight points for the season, and either one can go off on any given day. That’s great for Eagles fans, but frustrating to Fantasy owners.
CeeDee Lamb (14.84 projected points) and Michael Gallup (9.46 projected points)
The Prescott injury has really hurt Lamb’s Fantasy value. With 74.7 fantasy points so far, CeeDee barely cracks the top 20.
With Dak expected to return soon, Lamb is a perfect ‘buy-low’ candidate. Fantasy owners would be wise to grab Michael Gallup as well. He’s only played two games but looks ready to replace Noah Brown in the rotation.
Gallup and Lamb are primed for bigger things. Hopefully, they won’t maximize their potential during Week 6 on Sunday Night Football.
Dallas Goedert (11.63 projected points)
Dallas Goedert is averaging 12.7 fantasy points per game. That’s sixth best in the league among tight ends. He’s a top-four tight end this week.
His eight catches on nine targets for 95 yards versus Arizona were all season highs. He may never reach the numbers of Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews, but other than Hurts, he’s the most consistent Fantasy option the Eagles have on their roster.
Dalton Schultz (6.83 projected points)
Dalton Schultz’s numbers should be higher, but he’s also battled injury all year. He hurt his knee versus the Los Angeles Rams and is questionable versus Philadelphia. Unless you’re dying to take a shot on backup tight end Peyton Hendershot, avoid this position group altogether.
Eagles Defense (7.79 projected points) and Cowboys Defense (5.28 projected points)
With a dominant running game and a mobile quarterback, Philly won’t give many Fantasy points to the Dallas defense. On the other hand, if the Eagles load the box and dare Cooper Rush to beat them, their defense won’t get many either.
Hopefully, they’ll put Cooper on the ground, a lot. If they do, expect 10-15 Fantasy points.
Brett Maher (7.18 projected points)
Brett Maher has scored double-digit Fantasy points in his last four games. Only the Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders has kicked for more Fantasy points.
As long as Cooper Rush is behind center, the Cowboys will need Maher’s production. He’s currently available in 50% of Yahoo leagues, so pick him up immediately.
As an Eagles fan, don’t you want the Cowboys to settle for field goals? That sounds like a win-win situation.
Jake Elliot/Cameron Dicker
Most believe Elliot will miss his second straight game this week and projections aren’t available for Cameron Dicker. Pick up Dicker anyway and have some renaming of your team.
Fantasy football is supposed to be fun, right? Good luck to you and your squad. May you dominate your opponent while you watch the Eagles dominate the Cowboys.