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  Dak Prescott
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Dak Prescott
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
 
 
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  Dak Prescott
QB - DAL
Dak Prescott
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. NYG vs. IND
Week 2 at WAS at DET
Week 3 vs. MIA vs. HOU
Week 4 at NO at MIA
Week 5 vs. GB vs. DEN
Week 6 at NYJ vs. PIT
Week 7 vs. PHI at TEN
Week 8BYE WEEK at CHI
Week 9 at NYG vs. GB
Week 10 vs. MIN at OAK
Week 11 at DET vs. KC
Week 12 at NEBYE WEEK
Week 13 vs. BUF at DEN
Week 14 at CHI at JAC
Week 15 vs. LAR vs. MIN
Week 16 at PHI vs. OAK
Week 17 vs. WAS at KC
  Dak Prescott
QB - DAL
Dak Prescott
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
Passing
   
Pass Att522.4546.0
Pass Cmp344.2359.9
Pass Yards3,877.64,393.0
Pass TDs23.929.8
Ints11.012.6
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts67.414.3
Rush Yards308.525.4
Rush TDs5.30.3
   
Misc
   
Fumbles2.41.4
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points286.5271.2
   
  Dak Prescott
QB - DAL
Dak Prescott
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
2018 Points 
Week 18.729.0
Week 214.922.7
Week 38.817.0
Week 418.421.7
Week 511.721.4
Week 629.514.3
Week 720.220.1
Week 8
Week 914.817.1
Week 1021.715.0
Week 1114.819.6
Week 1227.420.7
Week 1314.124.0
Week 1424.413.5
Week 156.218.5
Week 1616.63.3
Week 1733.57.0
  Dak Prescott
QB - DAL
Dak Prescott
Philip Rivers
QB - LAC
Philip Rivers
Expert 
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Prescott is who we think he is; a rock solid dual threat quarterback but not necessarily an elite fantasy quarterback.Rivers is again coming at a discounted price. He's an unsexy but stable QB1 that can be had relatively late. I do wonder if the potential absence of Melvin Gordon hurts him and LA's offense.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
He may not be worth $40 million per year, but Prescott can certainly provide fantasy production. Once Amari Cooper came over from the Raiders, Prescott's fantasy output soared. Cooper is currently dealing with a foot injury that could potentially threaten his availability, and Ezekiel Elliott still hasn't reported yet. So, there are question marks with Prescott at this stage, without question. But, you don't need to spend a ton of draft capital to take him, so he's worth the risk despite those uncertainties.Rivers is a bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy quarterbacks: He gets no respect. He basically has no downside: he rarely misses games, he has an outstanding group of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, and he's coming off one of his best seasons ever. He almost certainly won't blow you away with his numbers - but he's a set it and forget it guy who you can get later than you should be able to.
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
He has finished as a top 12 quarterback in every season of his careeer, he has rushed for at least six rushing touchdowns in every season of his career and has been flourishing in new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore's system. The biggest thing holding back the Cowboys offense the last three seasons was not talent, it was play calling. @DavisMattek 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Prescott was the 10th ranked fantasy quarterback and he only had WR Amari Cooper for half of the season. The problem is that RB Ezekiel Elliott could miss regular season games with a holdout, which would really hurt Prescott's value early in the season.Rivers was the 11th ranked fantasy quarterback thanks to 4,308 yards and 32 passing touchdowns in 2018. He remains a low-end QB on an offense that is one of the best in the NFL.
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Perennial top 12 QB despite not being treated as such, was top 12 each of his first three seasons. Has been a top 12 QB in nearly half of his games which is pretty consistent actually for a QB. He was a top 5 QB once Cooper came along last season and now they have an offseason to work together. The Zeke holdout makes him a lot less trustworthy.Should be a QB1 streaming option. Consistent.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
In his first 8 games last season, Prescott had 1660 yards and 10 TDs. In his last 8, he had 2225 yards and 12 TDs. He's a safe back-end QB1 who will have some blow-up games when he finds the end zone on the ground. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
If you were to tell someone that Prescott has had a nearly identical fantasy career as Drew Brees, what do you think they'd say? While it's just a three-year sample size, Prescott has posted top-five type numbers in 22.9 percent of his games, while Brees is at 23.9 percent for his career. How about just top-12 type numbers? Prescott 47.9 percent, Brees at 48.9 percent. Don't devalue Prescott in fantasy, as he's a perfectly fine starter in 12-team leagues, particularly if you're stacked everywhere elseHere's the example of a player who's top-five at his position in real-life, but not when it comes to fantasy. You've probably heard it a million times - Rivers has been a top-14 quarterback in 11-of-13 seasons, so you're drafting him at his floor if he's being taken as the QB14. Well, no. Rivers is a very consistent quarterback, but he's not going to help lead your team to a championship. There was just one game in 2018 where he totaled more than 24 fantasy points, and it's because his defense has continually gotten better. He also doesn't offer anything rushing, so unless his defense takes a step back in 2019, he's not going to have much of a chance to deliver much better numbers in 2019
Sean Koerner
The Action Network
 very high floor, very likely to play all 16 games. should finish higher. bunched up Tier of QBs
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
Over the past three seasons Dak has finished as the QB 6/11/10. This season Dak enters with arguably his best set of weapons in his career. Amari Cooper is an elite WR, Gallup should take a step forward in his second season, Zeke (probably) won't be suspended, and he has the second best projected offensive line in the league. Dak will never be amongst the league leaders in passing yardage, because that's not the way the Cowboys offense is built. Dak has made up for this decreased passing yardage with his legs. He's finished around 300 rushing yards in each of his first three seasons, but also has exactly 6 rushing TD's each year. Those rushing TD's have been the driving force behind his QB 1 finish...and are also why I can't rank him as a QB 1. Expecting a QB to finish with 6 TD's on 60-70 carries is difficult to do. I have him projected for a little over 3 TD's this season...and when you add that to his projected passing volume, it comes out to the QB 16. Had Dak finished with 3 rushing TD's last season, he would have been the QB 15 instead of the QB 10. That's the range I like him at. He's not a QB 1, but he can be in a deeper format, and he's a good QB 2 in two QB or superflex leagues.Rivers is a solid late round pick this season. The Chargers have been hit with the injury bug for a few seasons in a row now...but this could be the year they're finally healthy. His supporting cast of Allen/Gordon/Williams/Henry/Ekeler is one of the best in the league. He's thrown for over 4,300 yards in each of the last 4 seasons, averaging 30.5 TD's per season over that stretch. He, somewhat impressively, hasn't scored a rushing TD since 2011. So all of his value comes through the air. That likely means he won't finish in the top 5, but if his team can stay healthy (and not hold out) this season, then 38 TD passes is within his range of outcomes. I'm comfortable drafting Rivers late in drafts if you miss out on the earlier options.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Dak's touchdown rate has been oddly low in each of his three seasons, but he somehow has 6 rushing TDs in each of those years to make up for it. As a result, the "underwhelming" quarterback has finished top 12 at his position each year of his career. With a full season of Amari Cooper, there is no reason to expect any different.Since throwing 661 passes four years ago, the Chargers have slowly been pulling it back, all the way down to 508 in 2018. While he does have killer weapons in the receiving game, Gordon, Ekeler and even Justin Jackson make it likely that Rivers' fantasy production will again be hindered by the running game. Furthermore, his 6.3% TD-rate is almost certain to come down as well so don't be surprised if he ends up lower than his standard fringe QB1 finish.