Atlanta Falcons 27 vs. Dallas Cowboys 7 – Dan Cook @seahawksdan8
- The Atlanta Falcons offense still looks like they are suffering from the Super Bowl hangover. The dominant offense and 2016 MVP, Matt Ryan just do not seem in sync. He managed to throw for 215 yards and 2 TDs, but they are not driving down the field like they used to. The 2 TDs help fantasy owners who are sticking with Ryan, but it’s hard to count on Ryan with the playoffs approaching.
- Devonta Freeman went down early in this game with a concussion. That opened the door for Tevin Coleman to come in and rush for 83 yards on 20 carries and a score. Coleman is usually a flex play and has proven to be startable even when Freeman is healthy, but should Freeman miss any time with the concussion Coleman would be an RB1.
- There may be no bigger 1st round disappointment that is healthy than Julio Jones. The yards have been there all season, 658 on the year. The TDs have not as he only has 1 on the year. You expect more from your “studs,” but he is giving you more than Odell, Aaron, and David. As an owner of Jones, I’m frustrated, but I have to believe he will have one of those 200+ yards and 2 TD games. Up next, a Sherman-less Seattle defense. Maybe next week he will “have a game.”
- Austin Hooper may be the most significant benefactor of the struggles of the Atlanta offense. Ryan has been looking for Hooper and the underneath routes to move the ball and went to Hooper twice in the red zone on consecutive plays to get their final TD of the day. Hooper is a low-end TE1 in dynasty.
- IDP fanatics that actually own and started Adrian Clayborn were pleasantly treated to 6, count em, 6 sacks in one game. The bad news, Clayborn isn’t held by a whole lot of people, and he probably wouldn’t have gotten those 6 sacks if Tyron Smith was healthy for the Cowboys. Announcer, Troy Aikman, kept commenting that they aren’t giving the left tackle any help. Frequently, that was followed by a Claborn sack or hurry. If Clayborn does this again next week, then I’ll pay attention.
- The Zeke-less Cowboys struggled mightily on offense, but Tyron Smith was the more significant reason for the poor offensive showing. The running game, when they tried to run, was able to pick up yards. Alfred Morris after halftime put together 3 nice runs on the drive, but Dallas never stuck to it enough to make a difference. Alf ended up with 11 carries and 53 yards. Rod Smith looks like the PPR back to own as he got 6 targets out of the backfield and caught 4 of them. He could get a chance next week.
- Without Elliott, it seems like Dak Prescott took way too much responsibility on his shoulders in this game. The Cowboys offense was not healthy as Smith did play and Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams were questionable coming into the game. Dak was pummelled most of the game taking 8 sacks, 6 by the previously mentioned Clayborn. Dak threw for 176 yards, ran for 42 yards and the lone Cowboys touchdown. Not exactly what owners were expecting in this one.
- Dez Bryant didn’t look healthy on the field. He caught 4 balls for 39 yards but wasn’t an impact on the game like he can be. Trusting your Cowboys moving forward may be difficult if Smith is out for an extended time because without time Dak can’t get the ball downfield. The Eagles are up next…
- Old reliable, Jason Witten, was one of the few Cowboys that helped fantasy owners. He ended up with 7 catches and 59 yards. No scores on the day, but in PPR 12 points isn’t bad for a tight end.
- Dallas got some more bad news Sunday; Sean Lee left the game in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury. This guy just can’t stay healthy. When he plays, he is a great linebacker, but I’ve been bitten by Lee too many times. Anthony Hitchens led the team in tackles Sunday. He could be a waiver add if he’s available in your IDP league.
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