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Owner Jerry Jones suggested Ezekiel Elliott could play "a few snaps" in the Cowboys' third preseason game.

It would be his first action of the preseason and probably his last chance to see the field before his six-game suspension. Elliott will have his appeal heard by Harold Henderson on August 29. For now, Darren McFadden is the feature back in Dallas.
Aug 20 - 11:45 AM

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are concerned enough about Kellen Moore's play for it to be a "subject of conversation" at upcoming personnel meetings.

The Cowboys continue to publicly back Moore as their No. 2 quarterback, though they haven't shown the same confidence in him behind closed doors. Moore has completed just 18-of-38 passes for 200 yards over his last two preseason games. With undrafted rookie Cooper Rush equally unprepared for backup duty, the Cowboys would be wise to scour the market for another arm. Colin Kaepernick remains the best quarterback available, though teams have been hesitant to sign him following his highly publicized national anthem protest last season.
Aug 20 - 11:30 AM

Jaylon Smith finished with one tackle on 12 snaps in Saturday’s preseason game.

Smith started at MLB with Sean Lee inactive for the game. It was Smith’s first time on a football field since New Year’s Day 2016 when he suffered a knee injury in his final collegiate game. Smith’s lone tackle came on a third down completion short of the sticks to prevent a first down. On a Dallas defense that is lacking playmakers, Smith’s presence is a welcome sight.
Aug 19 - 8:22 PM

Darren McFadden carried nine times for 59 yards with one reception for four yards in Saturday’s preseason game.

McFadden also lost a fumble at the Colts 12-yard line on his final carry that killed the Cowboys second drive. Six of McFadden’s runs went for five or more yards as the Dallas running game steamrolled the Colts' defensive starters on the ground. McFadden came out for just one play after a 14-yard gain while the Dallas starters were on the field. Despite his fumble, McFadden remains the unquestioned lead back while Ezekiel Elliott is suspended. He is a sturdy option in fantasy drafts for the opening six weeks of the season whether you have drafted Elliott or not.
Aug 19 - 7:57 PM

Dak Prescott completed 7-of-8 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ third preseason game.

It was Prescott’s first action of the preseason. Six of his seven completions went for first downs as he led the Cowboys on a 95-yard scoring drive to open the game that ended with him hitting Dez Bryant on a 32-yard touchdown. He then led a 58-yard drive on his second and final possession that ended in a red zone turnover by Darren McFadden. Prescott remains a high-floor starting quarterback in fantasy leagues entering the season.
Aug 19 - 7:48 PM

Dez Bryant caught both of his targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game.

Bryant caught a 23-yard pass on the first play of the game in which he threw down a defender after the reception. He then caught a 32-yard touchdown reception over Vontae Davis on a deep back shoulder target that was vintage Bryant. Bryant caught 10 touchdowns over his final 11 full games a year ago including the postseason. Even with a tough opening schedule over the opening three weeks of the regular season, Bryant remains a low-end WR1 for the season since he carries so much touchdown upside.
Aug 19 - 7:45 PM

Cowboys TE Rico Gathers is in the league's concussion protocol.

One of the most impressive players through two weeks of preseason, Gathers was hurt in Tuesday's practice. Consider him week-to-week for now and doubtful for Dallas' third exhibition. Gathers has a 7-106-2 line this preseason.
Aug 16 - 3:16 PM

The NFL has tabbed Harold Henderson to hear the appeal of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension.

Henderson regularly oversees appeals hearings for the league, and the NFL tried to push him as an objective, non-biased party by having NFL Network reporters tweet that Henderson reduced Greg Hardy's suspension from ten games to four. However, PFT's Mike Florio -- an attorney by trade -- notes that Henderson's presence in the case "significantly" drops the chances of Zeke having the suspension overturned. "At best, he'll get a mild reduction," Florio wrote. Florio also states Henderson's hiring "significantly" increases the chances Elliott eventually files a lawsuit. Elliott's appeal will be heard on August 29.
Aug 16 - 12:15 PM

Cowboys second-year LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will make his professional debut in Saturday's second preseason game.

The No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Smith missed all of last year as he recovered from a gruesome knee injury suffered in his final year at Notre Dame. The Cowboys still took a chance on him, even though there was doubt he'd ever step back on a football field as a player. Smith has gone through a grueling rehab and would be a big boost if he can get close to pre-injury form.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 10:29 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter forecasts Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing to take place Aug. 29.

It's good to have clarity on the date, but this being the NFL, we'll likely get an appeal to the appeal. With the situation so uncertain, fantasy owners should abide by the facts on the ground. The facts on the ground are that Elliott is suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season.
Aug 15 - 6:17 PM

Ezekiel Elliott has officially appealed his six-game suspension.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, a hearing must be scheduled within the next 10 days. Recent history — hello Tom Brady — suggests this will become a drawn out saga that allows Elliott to play in 2017, but the truth is, there's no real way of knowing how things might unfold. There's a chance Elliott ends up playing all 16 games this season, but we simply don't know. For now, it would be unwise to factor out Elliott's looming ban in fantasy drafts.
Aug 15 - 5:01 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer thinks the Cowboys "could" use a "committee approach" at running back during Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension.

Preseason usage suggests Darren McFadden will be the guy while Elliott is suspended, but Alfred Morris has looked like the better player through two games. That said, the Cowboys were shopping Morris during the offseason and had him working behind Rod Smith early in camp. McFadden looks like the player to own, but Morris is a name to remember in deeper formats.
Aug 15 - 12:35 PM

Cowboys TE Rico Gathers has been getting first-team reps with the red zone offense in 7-on-7 drills.

There are a lot of qualifiers there, but it's still notable. The converted basketball player has lit up the Cowboys' first two preseason games, posting a 7/106/2 line. He's been a mismatch. The Dynasty league stash is going to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster. He'll need to prove his worth as a blocker and special teamer to crack the 46-man roster on Sundays.
Aug 14 - 2:37 PM

Cowboys TE Connor Hamlett is out for the year with a fractured fibula and high ankle sprain.

Hamlett was competing for a roster spot behind Jason Witten, Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim, and James Hanna. It's just a minor blow to the Cowboys' depth.
Aug 13 - 2:23 PM

Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, adding a five-yard reception.

McFadden looked stiff, but perhaps he's still in the process of knocking off the rust following a lost 2016. McFadden could be the Cowboys' starter at some point this season, but it depends on Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension. It's possible Zeke's ban ends up getting delayed for all of 2017. For now, DMC is probably still best left to the back-end of fantasy drafts.
Aug 12 - 11:53 PM


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