The 2020 season claimed another star on Sunday, and this time it’s Dak Prescott. Once again Fantasy football owners must go antiquing through the waiver-wire to replace an awesome player.
If you picked Dak Prescott in your Fantasy football draft, then you’ve been feeling great about your pick. Prescott wasn’t drafted as high as Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson, yet his return has been fantastic.
In just his past three games Prescott has compiled 1424-yards passing and 11 total touchdowns. He’s single-handedly kept Dallas in games while the defense forfeits more yards than any other in the NFL.
On Sunday Prescott’s season came to an abrupt end; as he tried rushing for a first down Giants safety Logan Ryan tackled and landed on Dak’s ankle causing it to fracture and dislocate.
For those everyday fans with the stomach; take a look at the video above and watch how the gruesome injury occurred, and if you prefer not to watch- I don’t blame you.
The recovery time for an injury of this kind is approximately 4-6 months, and afterward, we’ll get the pleasure of watching Prescott again. But in the meantime, Fantasy football owners must shop for a replacement.
Prescott’s Fantasy Replacements
Carr is having a quietly good year, and before others start to notice, you “Dak owners” should go pick him up. Derek has 11 touchdowns on the season thus far, and his 347-yard explosion against the Chiefs is just the beginning.
He has an excellent Tight-end in Darren Waller, and Henry Ruggs III showed why Las Vegas drafted him this past weekend by stretching the field.
Ruggs III caught two passes for 118-yards and one touchdown. He looked electric as he caught a 72-yard bomb from Carr that went for his score.
The only problem with rushing to pick-up Carr is the Raiders are on a bye in week 6, and you won’t solve your short-term problems. Regardless, Carr needs to be rostered in any league going forward.
Baker Mayfield Fantasy value
If you’re stuck waiting a week for Carr to play (like I am), then you might be inclined to use Mayfield for a spot-start. Baker is another quarterback having a much improved season.
Although the Browns are a run-centric team, Mayfield has nine touchdowns and just four interceptions.
He also has a plethora of weapons in Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, and Kareem Hunt. These weapons provide an upside with Mayfield that other waiver-wire quarterbacks don’t have.
Mayfield’s only question mark is his ribs..
Baker took a shot from Justin Houston late in Sunday’s game causing him to grimace and get X-rays. The X-rays came back negative, however, we’ll need to monitor his practices throughout the week to ensure total health.
The Browns travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers this weekend, and if they know someone isn’t 100-percent- they’ll be gunning for him.
Hey Fantasy football players, what about Andy Dalton?
Fun Fact: Dalton went to college at TCU (Texas Christian University) and led them to a Rose Bowl victory in 2011.
My point is Dalton has known what it means to win in Texas since he’s been in college. He was a fine quarterback in Cincinnati and isn’t much of a drop-off from having Dak at the helm.
The Cowboy’s first game without Prescott is at home in AT&T Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinal’s defense will be up against an inspired Cowboy’s offense looking to make big plays for Dalton.
Justin Herbert Fantasy value
Justin Herbert is a rookie from Oregon thrust into the starting role because Tyrod Taylor had his lung punctured by someone from the Chargers medical staff.
I can’t make this stuff up!
Even though the Chargers would’ve rather have Herbert sit and learn, he’s been surprisingly good. In just his second start he completed 20 of 25 passes and threw for three touchdowns.
Herbert, like Carr, is entering his bye week so you’ll have to be patient to reap rewards. But don’t let that stop you from going out and getting this baby-faced signal-caller. Herbert is the real deal!
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