Fantasy Football: Top 5 Players to Avoid in the Draft


5. Dak Prescott (QB, Dallas Cowboys)

Dak Prescott scares me a bit this season. I think he is a talented QB in many ways, but could see him struggle a bit this year. Last year, Prescott ranked as the 11th highest scoring QB in fantasy. Of course, he gives you multiple opportunities to score with his legs, which is a positive. On the other hand, he’s in a run-heavy offense with Ezekiel Elliott, which limits his amount of throws.

Prescott is also coming into this season losing two of his biggest targets in Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Combined, those two guys accounted for 220 targets in the Cowboys’ offense last year. That’s a lot of production to replace. The Cowboys went out and signed Allen Hurns, while also drafting Michael Gallup. It’s hard to believe those guys can replace the talent of Witten and Bryant.

Of course, it’s nice having Dak on your fantasy team as he has plenty of “punny” fantasy team names (Dak Attack, DakStreet Boys, Dak Dynasty, Dak to the Future). Alright, I think you get it. I’m not saying Dak isn’t a talented QB, but I would temper expectations on him this year.

As of now, Prescott is being taken as the 14th QB in fantasy drafts ahead of guys like Philip Rivers and Jared Goff. Dak had six rushing touchdowns last season, which definitely helped propel him to the 11th highest scoring QB in fantasy last year. I don’t expect him to duplicate those rushing touchdowns this year, likely making it tough to be a top 15 fantasy QB this year.

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