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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Cowboys are hiring Dan Quinn to be their new defensive coordinator. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dallas makes quick work in finding a new DC after relieving Mike Nolan of his duties just last week. The Cowboys' defense was a major problem in 2020 and allowed a franchise-record 473 points. Quinn's tenure as head coach of the Falcons wasn't perceived very positively over the past few seasons, but perhaps he'll find more success now that he's back in a coordinator role.

Category: Transactions


Amari Cooper posted on Instagram that he underwent a minor ankle scope. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that the surgery requires minimal rehab. Cooper is fully expected to be healthy during the 2021 offseason.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made both of his field goal attempts and both of his extra point tries in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Zuerlein finishes the season 34-for-41 on field goal attempts and just 3-for-9 on kicks from 50+ yards while also missing three of his 36 extra point tries.

Category: Game Recaps


Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz caught seven of his 10 targets for 70 yards in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Schultz's 10 targets tied a season-high and his seven receptions were his most since Week 2 against the Falcons. In 16 games for the Cowboys in 2020, Schultz caught 63 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns with Blake Jarwin sidelined for most of the year.

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Cowboys running back Tony Pollard rushed five times for 15 yards and caught three of his five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss tot he New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: After breaking out in Week 15 with Ezekiel Elliott inactive, Pollard returned to a reserve role over the final two weeks of the season.

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Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup caught four of his eight targets for 49 yards in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Gallup had an up-and-down year but finished the year strong with four touchdowns in his final five games. In 16 games in 2020, he caught 59 of his 105 targets for 843 yards and five touchdowns.

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Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb caught five of his seven targets for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Lamb finishes an impressive rookie campaign with 74 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns despite playing with multiple quarterbacks.

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 14 times for 42 yards and a touchdown while catching three of his four targets for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Elliott dealt with injuries in 2020 and appeared banged up at times on Sunday, but he will now have a full offseason get healthy. For the year, he rushed 244 times for 979 yards and four touchdowns while catching 52 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.

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Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton completed 29 of his 47 pass attempts for 243 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception while rushing seven times for 48 yards in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: With a playoff spot on the line on Sunday, Dalton and the Cowboys were unable to fully solve Patrick Graham's defense. However, it wouldn't have mattered much since the Eagles lost to Washington on Sunday Night Football. Dalton started slow in his relief of the injured Dak Prescott and missed time due to illness and injuries, but he had thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game prior to Sunday.

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The Cowboys have placed OL Cameron Erving on short-term IR with a knee injury. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Erving missed five weeks earlier this season with a knee injury and is now set to miss at least 4 more (ruled out Week 13 before being placed on IR). He is eligible to return Week 17 vs. the Giants.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cowboys are placing All-Pro G Zack Martin on short-term IR with a calf injury. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin injured his calf during the Thanksgiving day game and was expected to miss multiple weeks. Fantasy managers who spent an early first-round pick on RB Ezekiel Elliott have been disappointed in 2020, and this roster move certainly will not help for the fantasy playoffs. Zeke still has to be rolled out as an RB2, but expectations should be lowered. Martin is eligible to return Week 16 against the Eagles.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs (foot) is out 4-6 weeks. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Diggs suffered a fractured foot late in Sunday's Week 9 loss to the Steelers. The 22-year-old was Dallas' second-round pick this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys quarterback Garrett Gilbert completed 21 of his 38 pass attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also rushed for 28 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Gilbert appeared to breathe some life into a Dallas offense that has been sputtering since the season-ending injury to Dak Prescott, and he may have played well enough to earn himself some more playing time even if Andy Dalton is able to return after the team's Week 10 bye week.

Category: Game Recaps


QB Ben DiNucci (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday’s Week 9 contest against the Steelers. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Transactions


Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones expects DE Aldon Smith (knee) to play in Sunday's Week 9 contest against the Steelers. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith has been limited in practice this week, but is expected to play Sunday. He's racked up 35 tackles and five sacks over eight games this season. Smith is a borderline DL1 in IDP league formats and currently 12th among all defensive lineman in the latest expert consensus rankings for Week 9.

Category: Injury Updates


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Cowboys are considering starting Cooper Rush at quarterback for their Week 9 matchup against the Steelers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Andy Dalton was recently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which rules him out for Sunday's game. Ben DiNucci started in Week 8 and predictably flopped, so Dallas might make another switch. Starting Rush would mean that Dallas has to activate him from the practice squad.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys have traded DL Everson Griffen to the Lions in exchange for draft pick compensation. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No word yet on what round pick the Cowboys are receiving in return. Griffen was made available for trade following Dallas' latest lost in Week 7, which dropped them to 2-5 on the year. Meanwhile, Detroit has won two in a row and now adds a veteran pass-rusher to its defensive line.

Category: Transactions


Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is active for the team's Week 7 matchup against the Washington Football Team. Gregory missed the first six weeks of the season due to a suspension and has not played in the NFL since 2018. (Source: Rob Phillips)

Fantasy Impact: The Dallas defense needs all the help they can get right now as they have been one of the worst units in the NFL through the first six weeks of the season. It's unclear how much Gregory will contribute, especially given the fact that he hasn't played in the NFL in more than a year, but he figures to be at least a situational pass rusher to start.

Category: Transactions


Cowboys OL Brandon Knight (knee) is out for Week 7 against the Washington Football Team. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Knight was filling in for Tyron Smith last week. Dallas' offensive line continues to suffer injury after injury and it's going to be a real issue for the team moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Monday's loss for the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is buried on the depth chart in Dallas and has little value in fantasy unless there are multiple injuries to Cowboys pass catchers.

Category: Game Recaps