The 2021 offseason has been a bit strenuous for Cowboys fans but not because of any major worry. Stalwart fans have, at least from what I’ve seen, have remained steadfast in Dak Prescott rebounding from his compound fracture injury that knocked him out of the 2020 season against the Giants. Reports of Prescott putting in major work in order to come back better than ever have been all over the place. The problem is that for every report of positivity going Prescott’s way, four more questionable reports surface. It’s been a “tug of war” of sorts when covering Dak Prescott’s offseason recovery.
From every major sports media outlet, the theme of the offseason seemed to be “Can Dak Prescott come back from the ankle injury?” The range of reports were staggering. Some believed that he wasn’t going to be the same. Some believe that the ankle injury is going to make him scared or tentative after being gone for so long. Some sports media people even believed that he was going to be cut by the team! Can you believe that? *cough Mike Bacsik cough*
Then the shoulder injury saga happened that forced Prescott to miss the preseason. To be fair, it wouldn’t have made sense for him to play in the preseason anyway. To say that the Cowboys offseason hasn’t been uneventful would be a bold faced lie. With the season just six days away, Dak Prescott has been trending up to playing Week 1 as the Cowboys take on the defending Superbowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football. In a recent report, Prescott is a “full go” for the game after the Cowboys kept him under bubble wrap and made sure that the shoulder wasn’t going to be an issue in the future.
As we head into the regular season, fantasy managers are looking for the quarterback that can take them to the top of their leagues. I for one think that Dak Prescott is capable of such a feat. I believe that Prescott has what it takes to be a top five fantasy quarterback in the 2021 season. While there are those that would refute that, Dak’s progression as a quarterback along with the mounds of offensive weapons at his disposal say different. I mean, there’s a reason why the Dallas Cowboys are one of the best offenses in the league that fantasy managers will be drafting from in 2021. Dak Prescott is one of those reasons.
Prescott has been one of the more consistent quarterbacks for fantasy over his career and has improved each season. Up until the 2021 season, Prescott has finished as a top 10 quarterback in fantasy three out of four seasons and finished no lower than 11th over that same span. In 2021, Dak Prescott was the QB1 over the first four weeks of the season and the QB2 even at the conclusion of Week 5 against the Giants after the compound fracture knocked him out for the rest of the season. No other quarterback would even pass Dak Prescott in passing yards until the end of Week 7. Prescott was still inside the top 10 in passing yards at that time coming in 9th place.
Dak Prescott averaged 27 fantasy points per game over the first five weeks 2020 too. Prescott could have very well ended his season as the QB1 for fantasy if he had played the entire season or at the very least, solidified inside the top five among quarterbacks. Now he’s returning to the Cowboys with the team overall healthy. Offensive tackles Tyrone Smith and La’el Collins are back. The team is loaded with offensive weapons at every position and the offensive line as a unit has the chance to return as one of the best offensive line groups in the NFL if they remain healthy. Fantasy managers should heavily consider drafting Dak Prescott as their QB1 this season.
Most quarterback rankings may have guys like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes as the consensus number one or two (I personally have put Josh Allen as my number one fantasy quarterback in my rankings) but after that, it can be anyone’s game. You can make the case for anyone after these two names but Dak Prescott should definitely be among them. I’m of the belief that you can’t concern yourself too much with injuries. The injury bug can strike at a moments notice and no team is safe from them.
For fantasy football, it’s always a good idea to have a backup quarterback on deck in case an injury happens. The idea that it should be in preparation for Prescott getting injured again wouldn’t be fair. Just two seasons ago, Patrick Mahomes suffered a knee injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 7 and was forced to miss two games. If you were prepared and had a solid backup on standby, you likely weathered that storm. Prescott himself isn’t worried about the injuries haunting him this season and if you’re looking to grab one of the best quarterbacks in the fantasy draft with one of your first five picks, Prescott should be on your draft boards.