1. RB Ezekiel Elliott. In a standard league Elliott’s points have gone up every week — from 11 to 12 to 16 to 20 to 28. This is probably the week that forward progress slows. The Packers have the league’s No. 1 rushing defense. The Pack gives up 42.8 yards per game. Now, is the Pack run defense THAT good? Probably not.
However, it would be wrong to simply dismiss the ability of the unit based on the competition. Will Elliott and that offensive line do better against the Pack than any of the other previous backs? Probably. Will it be 28 fantasy points good? Probably not. But he is undoubtedly the best fantasy option the Cowboys have going into this game and there is no reason not to start him. Just keep your expectations in check. ... while knowing that Tyron Smith (back) missed some practice this week, but is good to go for Sunday.
2. QB Dak Prescott. In standard leagues here are Prescott’s last four games — 17, 22, 17 and 17. The consistency is pretty remarkable for a rookie quarterback. It also indicates that, for the moment, he has a ceiling when it comes to fantasy numbers. I’m betting the Packers will load up to slow Elliott down as much as possible, which means they’ll try to put the game in Prescott’s hands. He’s proven he can handle it. Putting the game in his hands also means he’s more likely to make a mistake that could count against your fantasy numbers. But based on the last five weeks that’s a minor quibble.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys continue to endure a "QB controversy'' -- one the Cowboys players are handling brilliantly, says our Mike Fisher in his column from inside the locker room at The Star.
3. WR Cole Beasley. This assumes Dez Bryant doesn’t play. If Bryant does, put him at No. 3. Beasley hit a high water mark in standard leagues last week with 11 points, including the touchdown catch. But Beasley is of more value in a PPR league, which slides him up this list. With Bryant out the past two weeks Beasley has become Prescott’s go-to option over the middle and in key situations where he needs to move the chains.
And what's the latest on Dez? ....
4. WR Terrance Williams. When Bryant went down I didn’t expect much from Williams, but he has been useful the past two weeks. He had 10 points against San Francisco and seven points against Cincinnati. He feels like a WR3 this week and I’m interested to see if he can stretch the Packers’ secondary on Sunday.
5. TE Jason Witten. Witten has managed just four fantasy points in standard leagues each of the last two weeks. The Packers are allowing 9.3 fantasy points per game against tight ends. Even at that, I don’t envision the ironman Witten having a big day against this Packers defense. But if you play in a league with a flex or a league where you have to play two tight ends, take a shot.
Here's the Friday injury/practice report as CHQ prepares to travel with the Cowboys to Green Bay ...