You may know Jason Katz from his published football work on sites like FantasyPros. You may also know him as a member of our Handicapping Group. You may also know him, or will get to know him as a die-hard Dallas Cowboys' fan.
I asked Jason to follow the Cowboys for us all year...for fandom and fantasy. I did so, because he's convinced, like most fan(atic)s that thinking something good will happen will jinx it to not make it so. I have a different theory -- when I see a jinx potential, I pour it on to reverse the jinx. I see a jinx and yell 'this is a jinx' just to spit in the face of the jinx. The Dallas Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl this season, and I am not a biased fan...and the more I say it...the more it's likely to come true...and the more l say it...the more likely Jason loses sleep and hair follicles.
Jason is a talented young writer, so please enjoy him manically following the 'Boys...but also sharing fantasy ideas, as his blood runs FFM green and CFM crimson.
Follow more of Katz's work on Twitter: @jasonkatz13
Doug Pederson’s decision to go for two after the Eagles’ early 3rd quarter touchdown was brilliant. I wish more coaches would do things like this. When you get the penalty that puts your team on the one yard line. Go for it!
I’m officially waving the white flag on Deshaun Watson. Misevaluation by me. Did not think he could physically play in the NFL with his record low throwing velocity. Clearly, I was wrong. Not only can Watson play, but he might be the greatest QB in NFL history.
Matt Stafford threw a touchdown to Cameron Jordan that was literally caught in the end zone. That’s really hard to do. In fact, playing as horribly as Stafford did is really hard to do, even by Jay Cutler standards, who is probably the wrong QB to be poking fun of right now after he executed a 17 point second half comeback against the overrated Falcons.
The Vikings had 1st and 40 at one point in the game. That’s not something you see every day.
Mike Zimmer called a timeout to let Mike McCarthy review a Jerick McKinnon first down catch which clearly hit the ground…except McCarthy didn’t challenge it. The Packers lost the game and also Aaron Rodgers.
Jordan Howard running out of bounds towards the end of regulation was eerily reminiscent of when Marion Barber did it a few years ago, allowing the Tim Tebow miracle tour to stage a game winning drive. Fortunately for Howard, not only did it not cost the Bears because Joe Flacco has been the worst QB in the NFL this year (his QB Rating is worse than 2016 Blake Bortles, Brock Osweiler, and Blaine Gabbert), but it was Howard that sealed the game with an impressive run late in overtime to put the Bears in field goal range.
Rams Jaguars was 7-7 with 14:35 on the clock. So that’s a thing that happened. Leonard Fournette looks incredible. There might legitimately be only two RBs I’d take over him.
Ben McAdoo gave up play calling duties and the Giants won their first game. Coincidence? I think not.
The Cowboys were off this week, but that doesn’t mean things didn’t happen. So Ezekiel Elliott is re-suspended. The reality is I really don’t think it matters all that much for the Cowboys season. I still think this team makes the playoffs. The schedule opens up a bit and Dak Prescott is fully capable of carrying the offense. They just need a little more from the defense. If Sunday at SF isn’t a win, then I’ll worry.
As for fantasy news, in Zeke’s absence, I still think it will be Darren McFadden. But the thing is – this isn’t 2015 or 2016 anymore. The collapse of the Cowboys offensive line as an elite unit is one of the best kept secrets in all of football. They’ve been a bottom third unit in both run and pass blocking this year. Dak has done an excellent job hiding their underperformance with his playmaking, but it has shown in Zeke’s ypc. DMC is not going to step into Zeke’s role and rattle off high end RB2 performances. This line can’t just make any back work anymore. It can barely make Zeke work. McFadden should certainly be universally owned, but don’t go breaking the bank to acquire him. I view him as a low end RB2/Flex option at best. He’s a great option this week at SF, but in more competitive games, I expect the Cowboys to lean on Dak and the passing game a lot more.
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