QB - DAL
Week 13 Outlook
QB Ben DiNucci (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday’s Week 9 contest against the Steelers.
DiNucci went from Cowboys' starter in Week 8 to inactive Week 9. He completed 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in last Sunday's loss to the Eagles. The Cowboys will roll with Garrett Gilbert against the Steelers. Cooper Rush was called up from the practice squad and will back up Gilbert. DiNucci should not be rostered in any type of league format.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Cowboys are considering starting Cooper Rush over Ben DiNucci in Week 9 against the Steelers.
DiNucci started at quarterback in Week 8 against the Eagles and predictably flopped. The Cowboys might now turn to practice squad QB Cooper Rush. Any Dalton was recently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which rules him out for the game against Pittsburgh.
Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci completed 21 of his 40 pass attempts for 180 yards and rushed for 22 yards on five carries. He also lost two fumbles.
Thrust into action due to injuries to both Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton, DiNucci did not look like he was ready to start an NFL game. The Cowboys seemed to be aware of this, as well, as they came out with a creative gameplan that attempted to limit the young quarterback's responsibilities. They incorporated short pass attempts, end around runs, zone read concepts, and wildcat formations into the offense on Sunday night, but they found little success. DiNucci was inaccurate when attempting to pass the ball downfield, and he lost two fumbles because he didn't feel pressure coming while in the pocket. Dalton should return to the lineup in Week 9 against the Steelers.
QB Ben DiNucci will officially start Sunday’s Week 8 contest against the Eagles.
Andy Dalton (concussion) was ruled out earlier on Saturday, sending DiNucci into a starting role. He is a developmental QB with a good arm and mobility. The rookie QB looked lost in relief during Sunday’s 25-3 Week 7 loss to the Washington Football Team. DiNucci is an option in two-QB/Superflex league formats and currently 28th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci is likely to start in Week 8 against the Eagles.
Andy Dalton is still in the league's concussion protocol and didn't practice on Thursday. DiNucci's presence lowers both the ceiling and the floor of every fantasy-relevant Cowboys player. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles D/ST should be fired up as a top-five option on Sunday Night Football.