Dallas Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed at the EDC music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend after he shoved a security guard to the ground in a video shared by TMZ Sports. He was reportedly not formally charged with a crime or arrested but was temporarily detained. (Source: TMZ.com)

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Elliott was not formally charged with a crime or even officially arrested is a good sign for him, the Cowboys, and fantasy owners, but it does not mean that he is out of the woods just yet. As as happened in the past, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell reserve the right to impose punishment in the form of fines or suspensions if they deem that the actions taken by the player violates their own personal conduct policies. Elliott has already been suspended by the NFL in the past, and the video of him shoving the security guard will certainly be taken into account by the league office.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday evening that the Cowboys and star pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence have agreed “on basic parameters” of a five-year, $105 million contract extension. The deal includes $65 million in guaranteed money and will make Lawrence the highest paid non-quarterback with $31.1 million for the 2019 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys used the franchise tag on Lawrence for the second consecutive year. However, the star defensive end had no intention of playing under the $20.5 million tag again. He has waited on surgery to repair a shoulder injury until the new deal was finished. Lawrence has been one of the most dominant pass-rushers in the league over the last two seasons with 25 total sacks and 67 QB hits in 32 games. Now he has a brand new deal to show for it.

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 former Monday Night Football announcer Jason Witten has ended his retirement to re-join the Dallas Cowboys for 2019. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: One year removed from his retirement from the NFL following a 15-year career in Dallas, Witten will re-join the Cowboys after a sub-par year as an announcer. The 36-year-old tight end, who will turn 37 in May, has signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys worth $3.5 million. Despite his age, Witten believes he can still play in the league. And given the Cowboys' evident need at tight end, it appears that they do as well. While Witten may not be much in terms of yards after the catch, he could catch the ball, hauling in 63-of-87 targets in 2017. Witten's return could also play a role in his transition into coaching in the league, especially if Dallas targets a tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft. What's more, Witten is one of the most beloved Cowboys of all time on and off the field and could serve as a leader on a team with a plethora of young talent. While this may be a low-impact fantasy football transaction, it could a quality move for the Cowboys as a whole.

Category: Transactions

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement from a previous suspension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It’s the fourth suspension for Gregory since entering the league in 2015. He was last reinstated prior to the 2018 season after being banished for the entire 2017 season. He was also suspended for a total of 14 games in 2016. All for violations of the same policy. Gregory recorded six sacks in 14 games in 2018. His future in the NFL is in serious doubt.

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

Sean Lee plans to play in 2019

Wed, Feb 13th 10:59pm EST
By Alex Johnson

According to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee expects to play in 2019. (Source: Calvin Watkins on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: After the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs in January, Lee stated that, while he was leaning towards continuing his career, he wanted to take some time to consider his future. It appears he has made his decision, although it’s far from a guarantee that he will remain with Dallas. The Cowboys can save $7 million against the cap by cutting him.

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

Cowboys K Brett Maher was successful on both of his extra point attempts in Saturday nights Divisional ROund loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Maher did not attempt a field goal in the loss. Succeeding Dan Bailey, Maher had an uplifting year as the Dallas kicker and should continue to be one of the more dependable legs in the NFL next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin caught 2-of-2 targets for 17 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Much like Cole Beasley, Jarwin was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the Saturday night loss. It showed as he was only targeted twice. The Cowboys have a hole at tight end, but Jarwin seemed to be the cream of the crop for Dallas. Still, expect the team to address their stalled tight end position this offseason to bring in a more quality pass-catcher. Rico Gathers, who had a drop, isn't it.

Category: Game Recaps

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup caught 6-of-9 targets for 119 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Gallup led the Cowboys in receiving yards on Saturday night, stepping up when the team needed him the most. Gallup flashed this season but had his best game in the playoff loss. If Gallup continues to develop, he could be an upside complimentary piece to the Dallas passing game next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper caught 6-of-9 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Cooper made an early impact catching the first Dallas score of the game. And while he caught five additional passes, they only amounted to 65 yards. Cooper, Dak Prescott, and Ezekiel Elliott should once again be playing next January.

Category: Game Recaps

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed Dak Prescott completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown while adding another three yards and a touchdown on two carries in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: While Prescott nearly brought Dallas back after a two-score deficit, he didn't have his greatest game. Although he didn't turn the ball over, he did miss open receivers, which seems to be the norm for the Dallas signal-caller. Still, the Cowboys offense looked completely different since adding Amari Cooper at the trade deadline and the future is looking bright for 2019 in Dallas.

Category: Game Recaps

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (ankle) underwent ankle surgery on Saturday night/ Sunday morning. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hurns suffered a gruesome-looking season-ending ankle injury in Saturday night's win over the Seahawks. However, as bad as it appeared, it was diagnosed as a dislocation and underwent surgery to repair the injury shortly after he was taken to the hospital. While many believe his career could have been over, Schefter is reporting that Hurns should be ready to return to football activities by August in time for 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

Cowboys running back Rod Smith rushed 12 times for 35 yards and a touchdown while catching two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the New York Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Smith was filling in for Ezekiel Elliott in a meaningless Week 17 game and, while he did not have a great day from a production standpoint, he did find the end zone for fantasy owners who rolled with him in a spot start.

Category: Game Recaps

C.J. Goodwin activated from IR

Sat, Dec 29th 10:33pm EST
By Alex Johnson

The Cowboys activated cornerback C.J. Goodwin (forearm) from injured reserve Saturday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Goodwin went on injured reserve in late October after undergoing surgery for a broken forearm. The injury came shortly after the Cowboys signed him off the Bengals practice squad. He played in two games, recording one tackle, before the injury. Goodwin has also spent time with Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Arizona.

Category: Injury Updates

Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith recorded 10 tackles (five solo) and had a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Smith took the Jameis Winston fumble back 69-yards to give Dallas an early 14-3 lead. It was the fifth time this season and second week in a row with double-digit tackles for the 2016 second-rounder. He’s now up to 117 tackles with four sacks and two fumble recoveries in 15 games. The NFC East champion Cowboys will wrap-up the regular season on the road against the Giants in Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps

Dalton Schultz caught three of his four targets against the Colts Sunday for 23 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Schultz and the team's other TEs have become more active of late, but he's still not fantasy-relevant playing behind Blake Jarwin at this point.

Category: Game Recaps

Geoff Swaim will require surgery to repair a broken bone in his wrist. As a result, he'll miss the team's Week 12 contest against Washington. (Source: Calvin Watkins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swaim caught four passes Week 11 against Atlanta, and he's been coming on over recent weeks as more of a factor in this offense. The team hasn't found a replacement for All-Pro Jason Witten, so it's unlikely a fantasy-relevant TE steps up in place of Swaim.

Category: Injury Updates