Dak Prescott is Getting No Respect in Early Fantasy Drafts

Zach Brunner
Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams
Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams / Sean M. Haffey

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It is officially mock draft season in the fantasy football world, and with this, we can begin to create value based on players' average draft position (ADP). Thus far, it is abundantly clear that Dak Prescott is pulling a Rodney Dangerfield and getting no respect, after being drafted as just a QB2.

It can be fun to hate on the Cowboys and their quarterback, after Dallas touted him as among the league's elite during his rookie campaign. Although, while Dak may not have Aaron Rodgers-like playmaking, Patrick Mahomes-like arm strength or Russell Wilson-like athleticism, he continues to find himself near the top of fantasy rankings at the end of the season.

Dak was nearly a top-five quarterback during his rookie year, when he had a healthy offensive line, an active Ezekiel Elliott, and a security blanket in Jason Witten. We know he struggled when Elliott was inactive, and Dak missed his checkdown option when Witten decided to try commentating on Monday nights. However, we saw the numbers Dak was able to produce last season after trading for Amari Cooper, and the team was still missing Travis Frederick, who anchors their offensive line.

With Frederick and Witten back, as well as the addition of Randall Cobb, Dallas' offense has their full cast to operate with. Dak and the Cowboys have been dominant offensively when this is the case, imposing their will on opposing defensive fronts. They have also replaced their offensive coordinator by promoting Kellen Moore. With all of this considered, we need to take the Cowboys seriously in general, and that starts with giving the respect their quarterback has earned in the fantasy world.

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