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Speaking to Cowboys super fan Scooter Magruder on Twitch, RB Ezekiel Elliott said that he’s “feeling good” after testing positive for COVID-19 just a week ago. (Source: Taylor Stern on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “I would say I had maybe one or two days when I felt symptoms,” Elliott said. “Even then, it wasn’t too bad. I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now, I would say I feel good. I feel normal.” He hasn’t resumed working out yet, but Elliott believes he’ll be able to once he takes another test for the virus next week if the results come back negative. Elliott is a consensus top-5 RB this season in what should be a high-octane offense under new head coach Mike McCarthy.

Category: Injury Updates

QB Dak Prescott officially signed his $31.4 million franchise tender with the Cowboys on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Prescott officially signed his franchise tender with the Cowboys. Both sides have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal. It was reported that Dak was looking to secure a four-year contract, but the Cowboys want to sign him for five years. Prescott will now have to report to training camp as the two sides workout an extension. He had a career-year in 2019, throwing for 4,902 yards with a 30:11 TD:INT ratio across 16 games. Dak is currently third among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys DE Aldon Smith is now officially reinstated from the NFL’s reserve-suspended list and can begin participating in all team activities. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was announced last week that Smith was being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and that reinstatement is finally official. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since November 5, 2015, but hopes he can come back into the league a changed man and make an impact on a very formidable defensive front in Dallas. If he turns back time and can produce like he did early in his career, Smith will have some fantasy appeal in IDP leagues as an elite pass-rusher.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck surgery) joined the ‘Boys and Girl Podcast recently and provided an update on his health after having off-season neck surgery. He told ESPN’s Jane Slater that he feels “as good now as I ever have.” (Source: Bobby Belt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “I’m ready to roll. I’ve been training full-go for a couple of months now, so it’s not holding me back whatsoever. I feel, like I said, just as good as I ever have. I’m just excited to play football at this point and get back on the field. Whenever they give us the green light to go, we’ll be ready.” The Cowboys seem confident in Vander Esch as he returns from neck surgery, not having selected a linebacker in this year’s Draft. After missing seven games in 2019, the former 2018 first-round pick will look to get back on track this season. He recorded 72 tackles in nine games last season after recording 140 total tackles his rookie year with the Cowboys.

Category: Injury Updates

Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford spoke to last week, telling them, “Surprisingly, I’m feeling great [in recovery from double hip surgery].” (Source: Dallas Cowboys on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former 2012 third-round pick out Boise State has played seven seasons in the NFL, all for the Dallas Cowboys. He moved to right defensive end in 2016 after starting his career as a defensive tackle. He began finding more success as an edge rusher, on his way to a career total of 113 tackles and 23 sacks. He missed most of the 2019 season due to a hip issue dating back to the 2018 season. He opted for double hip surgery in October last year. Of the surgery and his current status, Crawford said, "obviously, double hip surgery is nothing to play around with. But I'm feeling awesome, ready to go.” Look for Crawford to settle back into a role as the right defensive end for a very good Dallas defense.

Category: Injury Updates

QB Andy Dalton officially signed his one-year deal with the Cowboys on Monday. Dallas released QB Cooper Rush to make room for Dalton on the active roster. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was announced on Saturday that Dalton agreed to a one-year base value deal with the Cowboys. The contract is now official. Dalton will now backup star QB Dak Prescott. He threw for 3,494 yards with a 16:14 TD:INT across 13 games for the Bengals last season. The 32-year-old QB is mainly a handcuff to Prescott and is worth drafting in Two-Quarterback/Superflex league formats.

Category: Transactions

The Dallas Cowboys have selected quarterback Ben DiNucci with the No. 231 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. (Source: NFL Draft on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Dallas waited until the seventh round to select it’s first QB In the draft, settling on Ben DiNucci of James Madison. He threw 3,441 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2019, becoming the CAA Offensive Player of the Year. DiNucci will likely start on the practice squad once camp opens.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the decision to reinstate Randy Gregory will occur after the conclusion of next week's draft. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The same is true for fellow Cowboys edge rusher Aldon Smith. Dallas tentatively expects both players to return this season but that can't be seen as a certainty until the NFL officially reinstates them.

Todd Archer of ESPN believes Tony Pollard might see snaps at receiver this season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Pollard, a rookie in 2019, showed a lot of potential playing behind Ezekiel Elliott. He rushed for 455 yards and three scores while also hauling in 15 passes for 107 receiving yards. Pollard was utilized as a receiver while at Memphis and would obviously benefit from a larger role in the passing game this year. Additionally, as Zeke's direct backup, he is arguably the most valuable handcuff in fantasy football.

Redskins coach Ron Rivera told reporters Tuesday that the team was in on free agent Amari Cooper "all the way until the end". (Source: JP Finlay on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is believed that the Redskins actually offered more money than the Cowboys, but Cooper clearly prioritized familiarity and the chance to win when making his decision. Cooper, who will turn 26 this summer, posted a career-high 1,189 yards with Dallas in 2019.

Former Cowboys DE Daniel Ross has agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders. (Source: David Canter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The big defensive edge out of Northeast Mississippi Community College will get a chance to play for the Raiders after two seasons with the Cowboys in 2017 and 2018. Ross will look to add depth to the Raiders defensive line this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys Veteran C Travis Frederick announced on Twitter that he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 29. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frederick has decided to hang up his cleats after making it to five Pro Bowls in six seasons with the Cowboys. The lineman out of Wisconsin battled an autoimmune disorder that held him out of the entire 2018 season. Sources say that Frederick has been mulling this decision for a while, and now it’s official. He was signed through 2023 and will forfeit $7M of base salary he would have received this upcoming season. Needless to say, the All-Pro will be greatly missed by Cowboy Nation.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport on Twitter is reporting that a source told him that the Dallas Cowboys have signed corner back Anthony Brown to a three-year deal worth $15.5M. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown was limited to nine games last season due to a triceps injury. By the Cowboys re-signing him, Brown will have a great opportunity next season to take on a greater role in the secondary due to the departure of Bryon Jones in free agency.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys LB Sean Lee has agreed to a one-year, $4.5M deal with $2M guaranteed to remain in Dallas. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lee will be back in a Cowboys uniform for his 10th season with the team. He played in all 16 games last year after missing a total of 14 games in the two seasons prior. He’s one of the best LBs in the game when playing with a clean bill of health, and he’ll look to continue performing at a high level in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Tight end Jason Witten has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to Vincent Bonsignore on Twitter. Adam Schefter adds that he can make up to $4.75 million in 2020. (Source: Vincent Bonsignore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Witten retired a year ago and spent a year in the broadcast booth before returning to the Dallas Cowboys and catching 63 passes for 529 yards and four touchdowns. His deal with the Raiders means he will be playing at least one more season, though he will be behind Darren Waller after the latter's breakout season in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Defensive end Robert Quinn has agreed to a 5-year, $70 million deal with the Chicago Bears, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Quinn had 11 1/2 sacks last season for the Cowboys and has now turned that bounceback year into a big payday. In a corresponding move, the Bears are also reportedly releasing former first-round pick Leonard Floyd.

Category: Transactions

The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with Randall Cobb, which contains $18.75 million guaranteed. (Source: James Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cobb is hardly a replacement for the departed DeAndre Hopkins, but there are certainly worse situations he could have found himself in. With Will Fuller's injury history, there is room for another wide receiver to establish himself alongside Kenny Stills in the Texans offense, particularly in the slot. Cobb hasn't topped 828 yards receiving or four touchdowns since 2015, so he's still not exactly a fantasy target. But with the money the Texans will be paying him, he'll likely be worth a late-round dart throw.

Category: Transactions

The Dolphins have agreed to a deal with free-agent Bryon Jones that will make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, according to a report from NFL inside Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the Cowboys prioritizing Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, they were seemingly unable to fit Byron Jones into their salary cap situation. By adding Jones to pair with Xavien Howard, the Dolphins now have two of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL as they continue to reshape their defense under Brian Flores.

Category: Transactions

The Cowboys and Blake Jarwin have agreed to a three-year extension worth $24.5 million. The deal includes $9.25 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jarwin will replace Jason Witten as the Cowboys starting tight end. Two weeks ago Jarwin had a second-round tender placed on him, and now he will be with Dallas for three more seasons. The 25-year-old had 31 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys kicker Kai Forbath made all four of his field goal attempts and all five of his extra point tries in Sunday's win over Washington.

Fantasy Impact: Forbath made all 11 of his field goal attempts since signing with the Cowboys a few weeks ago, and fantasy owners who started him in Week 17 were rewarded with at least 20 points in many formats.

Category: Game Recaps