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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the team expects RB Ezekiel Elliott to have a "serious load" against the Saints on Thursday night. (Source: Clarence Hill Jr on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported after Thanksgiving that the team might give Zeke some rest as he works through a nagging knee injury. However, as Thursday's Week 13 game approaches, it sounds as if Dallas is doubling down on their big-money running back. Tony Pollard should still be involved plenty as it's unlikely Elliott's knee problem has completely gone away. That being said Zeke remains the preferred fantasy start against New Orleans for now.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb (concussion) returns to full participation in practice on Monday. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lamb was not quite able to get over the hump and play on Thanksgiving against the Las Vegas Raiders, but as things stand, his availability is looking good for this upcoming Thursday's Week 13 game vs the New Orleans Saints. Fantasy production has been relatively up-and-down for the second-year wideout this season, but his presence in the Dallas WR corps and fantasy managers' lineups is one that was sorely missed last week. Be sure to follow along with the news as the week unfolds.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't coach against the Saints on Thursday night. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The virus seems to be going around Dallas' facilities. This is something to keep an eye on entering Week 13.


The Cowboys have placed right tackle Terence Steele on Reserve/COVID-19. He won't play in Thursday's game against the Saints. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old has appeared in all 10 games this season, playing 88.5 percent of offensive snaps. Dallas continues to deal with COVID-19 issues, though it will get Amari Cooper back for Thursday's game.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) has shifted from IR to the Reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is simply a procedural move for the Cowboys as they shift Jarwin from IR to the COVID-19 list. Once he has recovered from the virus, he'll revert back to IR.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made two of his three field goal attempts and one of his two extra point tries in Thursday's loss to the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Zuerlein's missed field goal was a forgivable 59-yarder that bounced off the post, but his missed extra point was his third of the season. Through 10 games, Zuerlein is 19-for-24 on field goal attempts and just 1-for-4 on attempts longer than 50 yards.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown caught six of his nine targets for 53 yards in Thursday's loss to the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Brown played most of the snaps on offense on Thursday because Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb had to miss the game, but both are expected back for Week 13 against the Saints.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. caught seven of his 10 targets for 104 yards in Thursday's loss to the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson's 10 targets led all pass catchers, and he made the most of his expanded role with Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb out on Thursday. However, both Cooper and Lamb are expected to be back for next Thursday's matchup against the Saints.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz caught three of his seven targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: With wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb out, Schultz saw his role increase, and he scored his first touchdown since Week 4 against the Panthers. The Cowboys take on the Saints next Thursday, and both Cooper and Lamb are expected to return.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys running back Tony Pollard rushed 10 times for 36 yards and caught all four of his targets for 32 yards in Thursday's loss to the Raiders. He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Pollard shared the workload with Ezekiel Elliott on Thursday, as the latter is nursing a knee injury. His production on offense was limited, but he salvaged his day with that long kickoff return for a touchdown.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup caught five of his eight targets for 106 yards in Thursday's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: With top wideouts Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb out, Gallup had easily his best game of the season. Fellow pass-catchers Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown received more targets than Gallup, but there were plenty of targets to go around with the Cowboys throwing the ball 47 times. Both Cooper and Lamb are expected to return next week against the Saints.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 32 of his 47 pass attempts for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in Thursday's loss to the Raiders. He also rushed for three yards on one attempt.

Fantasy Impact: Prescott was operating without top wideouts Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb on Thursday but had to throw the ball nearly 50 times as part of a second half comeback effort. Through 10 games, Prescott has completed 261 of his 376 pass attempts for 2,932 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Prescott and the Cowboys travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints next week.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys LT Tyron Smith (ankle) is expected to play in Thursday's Week 12 game against the Raiders. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith wasn't able to play in Week 11 and Dallas' offensive line suffered as a result. His return would be a welcomed one for the entire offense.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has officially been ruled out for Week 11's matchup with the Chiefs due to being placed on the NFL's Reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Nick Eatman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No more details have been released relating to the designation, but Cooper is set to miss his first game of 2021. In his absence, CeeDee Lamb should see a heavy workload and will likely contend to be WR1 for Week 11. Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz should also see a bump in targets.


Cowboys kicker Lirim Hajrullahu made all five of his extra point tries but did not attempt a field goal in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: Hajrullahu was elevated from the practice squad this weekend and is filling in for Greg Zuerlein, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Zuerlein could return as early as Week 11 against the Chiefs.

Category: Game Recaps


Per Todd Archer of ESPN, DE Randy Gregory will miss multiple weeks with a calf strain suffered on Wednesday and could end up on IR as stated per head coach Mike McCarthy. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The exact length of Gregory's absence is still not known but it seems like it will be a multi week issue. Up until this point Gregory was one of the more effective edge rushers for Dallas as he has a total of five sacks. Long term Gregory is expected to return again this season but the Dallas defensive line will take a hit in the time being.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys DB Trevon Diggs exited Sunday's game early with an apparent ankle injury, although initial reports are saying that he should be okay. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Diggs avoiding a serious injury is a huge relief for the Cowboys, as Diggs has emerged himself as one of the more prominent corners in the league with seven interceptions this season. Still, it's worth monitoring Diggs' practice time this week as the Cowboys prepare for a matchup against the Broncos.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush completed 24 of his 40 pass attempts for 325 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings. He also lost a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Starting in place of the injured Dak Prescott, Rush threw the ball 40 times on Sunday in a dramatic victory that saw him lead a late game-winning touchdown drive. Prescott is likely to return in Week 9 against the Broncos, and Rush would not be the best streaming option in standard leagues against a tough Denver defense even if he does start.

Category: Game Recaps


Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson is inactive for Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was a DNP in practice all week with the groin injury. Wilson being inactive means that the Cowboys will be missing another key piece of an already shaky defense. Jayron Kearse will make another start in his place.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys DL DeMarcus Lawrence suffered a broken foot during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Specifically, Lawrence broke the fifth-metatarsal in his foot. Ian Rapoport notes that he should return in November. It's a major loss, but it isn't season-ending. Still. Lawrence is Dallas' best defensive player and this was a unit that didn't touch Tom Brady once in Week 1. The offensive environment for Cowboys games will be very friendly for fantasy purposes.

Category: Injury Updates