2020 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 22
Avg Pts: 4.40
Rank: 22 D/ST
|Week 1||3.00||Dallas Cowboys 1 sack (1.00 pts)|
Dallas Cowboys 1 interception (2.00 pts)
|Week 2||1.00||Dallas Cowboys 1 sack (1.00 pts)|
|Week 3||6.00||Dallas Cowboys 4 sacks (4.00 pts)|
Dallas Cowboys 1 fumble recovered (2.00 pts)
|Week 4||2.00||Dallas Cowboys 2 sacks (2.00 pts)|
|Week 5||10.00||Dallas Cowboys 1 fumble return TD (6.00 pts)|
Dallas Cowboys 2 sacks (2.00 pts)
Dallas Cowboys 1 fumble recovered (2.00 pts)
|Week 6||1.00||Dallas Cowboys 1 sack (1.00 pts)|
|Playoff Week 1|
|Playoff Week 2|
Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (shoulder) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 19. QB Dak Prescott (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list to make room for him on the roster.
Dallas Cowboys DE Dorance Armstrong (knee), TE Blake Bell (knee), DE Tyrone Crawford (ankle), CB Trevon Diggs (knee), DE Everson Griffen (non-injury) and DE DeMarcus Lawrence (knee) all practiced in full Saturday, Oct. 17, and all are expected to play Monday, Oct. 19, against the Arizona Cardinals.
Free-agent DL David Irving (Cowboys) is trying out for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) is trending in the right direction of playing Monday against Arizona, per head coach Mike McCarthy. Vander Esch sustained a broken collarbone during Week 1 and has been sidelined since. Even if the Cowboys eventually get the former Pro Bowl linebacker back in the mix, the combination of the teams shaky defensive production this season and matchup against a high-octane Cardinals offense makes them an extremely risky fantasy play. Looking ahead, Dallas has matchups with Washington and Philadelphia on the horizon, so if Vander Esch is able to make a tangible difference upon his return, the Cowboys Defense could work its way back into consideration moving forward.
Free-agent DE David Irving (Cowboys) has been reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Dallas Cowboys DE Dorance Armstrong (knee), TE Blake Bell (knee), DL Tyrone Crawford (ankle), CB Trevon Diggs (knee), DE Everson Griffen (non-injury) and DE DeMarcus Lawrence (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 16.
Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (shoulder) was a full participant in practice on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the portion open to reporters. Vander Esch was originally expected to miss at least six weeks but now may return on Monday, Oct. 19, against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Dallas Cowboys Defense had their best performance in Week 5, but they're still not a strong fantasy option in Week 6 lineups. The Cowboys will take on the Arizona Cardinals and are ranked somewhere in the mid-20s among fantasy defensive units. Last week, they allowed a season-low 28 points and scored a defensive touchdown. That score came on a sack, fumble, and touchdown return, so almost all of their fantasy points came on one play. In standard scoring formats, the Cowboys defense has finished with negative points twice, positive points twice, and zero points once. They're not a starting fantasy defense.
Dallas Cowboys DE Everson Griffen (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 15. DE Dorance Armstrong (knee), TE Blake Bell (knee), DE Tyrone Crawford (ankle), CB Trevon Diggs (knee) and DE DeMarcus Lawrence (knee) practiced in full.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) is expected to put in a full practice on Thursday, which would put him in line to make his return on Monday night against the Cardinals. Vander Esch has been out since he broke his collarbone in Week 1. Dallas' defense needs all the help they can get, as they've been one of the worst all-around defensive units in football through five weeks of the 2020 season. It remains to be seen if LVE will be eased back in if he returns against Arizona, but the 23-year-old should eventually be in play as a potential IDP starter at the position once he's back to playing a full complement of snaps in the middle of the Cowboys Defense. Against a high-flying Cardinals attack, look to fade the Cowboys defense in Week 6, regardless of whether Vander Esch plays.
The Dallas Cowboys fear that defensive tackle Trysten Hill (knee) suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in the Week 5 win over the Giants, according to multiple sources. Hill will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday, and if tests confirm the diagnosis, he'll land on Injured Reserve and miss the rest of the season. He started the first five games of the season after playing sparingly in his rookie season last year. Hill has 14 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five quarterback pressures in 2020. Without him, the team has Dontari Poe, Antwaun Woods and third-round rookie Neville Gallimore at defensive tackle. It's potentially more bad news for a Cowboys Defense that has really struggled through five weeks this year.
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith tied a season high with 14 tackles (seven solo) - including three for loss - in Week 5 versus the New York Giants.
The Dallas Cowboys Defense performed well (in fantasy leagues) in a Week 5 win over the New York Giants. Playing against a Giants team that had allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the Cowboys allowed 28 points but recorded two sacks, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown. They were likely starter by very few fantasy managers, but put up a very respectable nine fantasy points in standard scoring formats. Despite the solid performance, they won't be a recommended fantasy unit against the Arizona Cardinals next week.
Dallas Cowboys CB Anthony Brown (ribs) on Saturday, Oct. 10, was activated from the Reserve/Injured list.