Dallas Cowboys

NFC East

Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a multi-year extension. The actual length and financial details of the extension are currently unknown as this story is still breaking. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith's fantasy value is likely unchanged, but for IDP leagues.

Category: Transactions

Amari Cooper stated that he would be 'very effective' despite dealing with plantar fasciitis. Cooper also said that his pain is a "three" on a scale of one-to-ten and that he hopes to practice this week. (Source: Mike Fisher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cooper is going to be the Cowboy's clear-cut number one, but he is certainly going to have to stay healthy to provide a return for fantasy owners. As Cooper alluded to in this interview, he already has a 1,000-yard season on a plantar fasciitis foot, so he should be good to go for week one and for 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was expected to be activated off the physically unable to perform list “soon.” As it turns out, “soon” is just one day later as the star pass-rusher was activated Tuesday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lawrence participated in individual drills during Tuesday’s practice. It was his first practice participation of the summer after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Lawrence signed a five-year, $105 million contract extension in April. The deal includes $65 million in guaranteed money and makes him the highest paid non-quarterback with $31.1 million for the 2019 season. He has recorded 25 sacks over the last two seasons.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Ezekiel Elliott's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, told ESPN that the running back felt disrespected by the comments made by team owner Jerry Jones. Jones asked reporters 'Zeke who?' when asked about the team's starting running back. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This continues to be at a standstill, and given what we saw with Le'Veon Bell last season, fantasy owners that continue to draft Elliott in the first round are taking on risk. He could certainly be worth it, since if he had a contract in hand he'd be atop many expert's rankings. Still, the threat of missed games appears to be real. The holdout also gives appeal to current backup running back Tony Pollard who has been running as the starter in Zeke's absence.

Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup caught his only target for 31 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Gallup caught 33 of his 68 targets for 507 yards last season but could have a bigger role in the offense in his second year.

Category: Game Recaps

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed all five of his pass attempts for 64 yards in the team's preseason matchup against the Rams on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Prescott remains in negotiations with the Cowboys on a new contract, but unlikely teammate Ezekiel Elliott has continued to practice and play with the team during the discussions.

Category: Game Recaps

Running with the first team offense, Tony Pollard had another impressive showing. For the night, Pollard had four rushes for 52 yards and a touchdown, as well as one reception for nine yards.

Fantasy Impact: With Ezekiel Elliott’s current hold out situation, Pollard has continued to impress. Building upon another strong outing, the rookie running back from Memphis scored an impressive 14 yard touchdown. If Elliott’s hold out continues into the season, Pollard has flashed the skill-set to provide fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps

Cowboys beat writer Calvin Watkins is reporting LT Tyron Smith (back) will not play in the team's second preseason game. (Source: Calvin Watkins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Smith is dealing with a "stiff back" and failed to make the trip with the rest of the team, his injury is not considered serious. He should be good to go when it counts.

Category: Injury Updates

Jason Witten did not play in the Cowboys first preseason game against the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact: There is no reason to be alarmed, as Witten is returning to the Cowboys after a brief one-year retirement and along with a few other players is inactive and resting for the first preseason game. Look for Witten to participate in future preseason games in an attempt to shake some of the rust off before the regular season starts. If the veteran picks up where he left off, he would instantly upgrade a passing attack that lacked a viable receiving threat from the TE position during the 2018 season. If he returns to form, Witten has the potential to become a low-end TE1 or high-end TE2.

Category: Game Recaps

Quinn will be suspended two games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Ian Rapoport reports. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Quinn suffered a fractured hand earlier this week and was likely to miss at least a game or two with the injury. The suspension doesn't impact his playing time, but he won't be paid for his time off. Dallas expects him healthy for Week 3.

Category: Rumors

Nick Eatman of Dallascowboys.com is reporting that Dallas has waived TE Rico Gathers. (Source: DallasCowboys.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gathers was a converted basketball player that never made an impact despite flashing in preseasons past. He is unlikely to have a fantasy impact even if signing with a new team.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota is reporting OL Zack Martin (back) will undergo an MRI on his back. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin missed the morning walkthrough on Friday and will undergo an MRI on his back as a result. With Martin out, Xavier Su'a-Filo took reps as the Dallas starting right guard.

Category: Injury Updates

Sean Lee has been diagnosed with a "minor MCL sprain" and is day-to-day. (Source: Touchdown Wire on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lee has missed 14 games over the last two seasons due to injuries, and he missed the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, but the Cowboys are planning to be cautious with the two-time Pro-Bowl LB.

Category: Injury Updates

Cowboys All-Pro center Travis Frederick will be ready to go for training camp. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome last season, but still appeared and started in all 16 games for the fifth consecutive season. It's great news for all of the Cowboys skill players, as Frederick is arguably the best center in the NFL and an anchor for an excellent Dallas offensive line.

Category: Injury Updates

The Cowboys have released WR Allen Hurns, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys were reportedly interested in bringing Hurns back, but he wanted to test the free agency market. Hurns recorded 1,708 yards and 16 TDs in his first two years in the league with Jacksonville, but his production has fallen off significantly since that time. He appeared in all 16 games for Dallas last season but came away with a forgettable 20/295/2 line. He may be worth a deep league flyer if he lands with the right team.

Category: Transactions

Randy Gregory who was suspended in February for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, will apply for reinstatement this week. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregory was suspended in February for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Despite the suspension, Dallas signed him to a one-year extension through 2020. This suggests they are optimistic Gregory will return at some point this season. As of now, he is suspended indefinitely. Gregory finished with 25 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles in 14 games for the Cowboys last season.

The Bills have reached an agreement with free agent WR Cole Beasley on a four-year, $29 million deal. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley will be an option over the middle for second-year QB Josh Allen like he was for Dak Prescott in Dallas. Beasley found some value in PPR leagues in 2018, but it wasn't consistent enough to warrant steady ownership, much less starter consideration. He'll be joined by WR John Brown in Buffalo, along with potentially others this offseason.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Cowboys have declined the option on WR Terrance Williams' contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No surprise here. Despite all of the issues at wideout for the Cowboys prior to the Amari Cooper acquisition, Williams not only failed to step up and contribute, but he also failed to take the field. After battling off the field issues -- he was suspended by the league for three games in November -- and a nagging foot injury which landed him on IR in October, Williams will end his career in Dallas with a 2/18/0 stat line on three targets while only appearing in three 2018 contests. This, nearly one year removed from signing a four-year $17 million deal last March to remain with the Cowboys. Williams will attempt to rekindle his stalled career with a new club in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will replace Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on the Pro Bowl roster. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Vander Esch will become the first Cowboys rookie defender to play in the Pro Bowl since Everson Walls did it back in 1981. The 2018 first-rounder finished the regular season with 140 tackles and two interceptions in 16 games (11 starts). He added 14 total tackles in two playoff starts. Vander Esch will join fellow Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, OT Tyron Smith, OG Zack Martin, CB Byron Jones and DE DeMarcus Lawrence in Orlando.

The Cowboys D/ST surrendered 459 total yards and 30 points in Saturday nights Divisional Round loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: The Dallas front seven is usually stout against the run but were trampled by C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley. They will look to add pieces to a young and talented unit and build for another run this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps