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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
I find it interesting that Alex Smith’s primary read on pass plays is consistently Demetrius Harris or Demarcus Robinson. Tyreek Hill was wide open on each of the Chiefs’ first two pass plays, but Smith threw it to Robinson and then Harris. CJ Spiller and Akeem Hunt both touched the ball before Tyreek Hill. Then on the first drive after Amari Cooper’s second touchdown, Tyreek Hill was on the bench for the first two plays, which were both pass plays. Eventually, Andy Reid decided to get Tyreek involved. It went pretty well. But it may benefit the Chiefs to get their best players involved a little earlier going forward.
Hue Jackson declined a facemasking penalty to make it 4th and 1 from the 32 instead of 3rd and 16 from the 47. What was he thinking?
Brilliant Anthony Lynn ran four dives with Melvin Gordon from the one yard line. As is typical with these type of miserable coaching decisions, he wasn’t punished for it as the Broncos were unable to score any points.
Jimmy Graham’s drop running free up the left sideline was the worst drop of the season by any player.
The Sunday night camera angle we were forced to watch from due to the fog was really cool. It is a lot easier to see what the QB sees and know whether, as a fan, we’re actually justified in yelling out a name as if that player is wide open when we can actually see whether he’s wide open.
Sometimes I wonder if teams know the score. The Falcons were just running a standard offense while down 20-0 in the third quarter. Then, Matt Ryan didn’t even bother to get the final play off at the end of the quarter. The Falcons are not making the playoffs.
The Eagles committed four penalties on the first three plays. Let that sink in for a moment. Then they ran the ball for two yards and Carson Wentz threw a pass to midfield with only two Redskins near it. One of them caught it.
Jordan Reed still has talent. That was never in doubt. But genius Jay Gruden likes to game plan for anyone else. Niles Paul and Vernon Davis both saw a target/caught a pass before Reed. His job in this game was pretty much just to block with the occasional third down route until the Redskins went down two scores and they realized that maybe throwing the ball to their best player was a good way to try and score points.
Terrelle Pryor is done. He played 46.9% of the offensive snaps. He’s fallen behind Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant on the depth chart. While Reed plays snaps and just isn’t part of the game plan most of the time, Pryor just watches from the sideline. It was a fun experiment. I still think Pryor has talent and is an incredible athlete, but the Redskins don’t. So for fantasy purposes, bye Pryor.
Carson Wentz’s touchdown pass to Corey Clement was truly special. It’s one of those plays you show people when asked if a player has “it.” I am done doubting Wentz.
The Cowboys came out of the bye as focused as ever. If I’m ranking QBs right now with Aaron Rodgers sidelined, I put Dak Prescott at #2 behind Tom Brady. The Cowboys don’t have a single “gimme” win the rest of the season, but I still have confidence in this team to make the playoffs because of how incredible Dak is playing.
Here’s a fun question for the road – if someone offered you Tom Brady for Dak Prescott straight up, would you do it?
There’s not much to talk or complain about for this one. The Cowboys did everything right. My biggest concern is the Dan Bailey injury. In fantasy, you can just replace kickers on a whim. In real football, it is a big problem when your team has to sign a kicker off the street to replace the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
Ezekiel Elliott is not getting suspended… at least not in 2017. If Sunday’s game was any indication, even if he was, there is no telling what the picture looks like behind him. Darren McFadden was once again inactive and Rod Smith looked better than Alfred Morris. There’s really no reason to answer any of these guys. Just hope Zeke stays healthy.
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