It’s never fun when a superstar quarterback is a game-time decision, but when that signal-caller plays on Sunday Night Football — and the other three prime-time QBs are owned in most leagues — then you’re really in a bad spot. That’s the situation with Dak Prescott ahead of the Cowboys-Vikings Week 8 showdown. Nervous Prescott owners will undoubtedly be feverishly checking for injury updates throughout the day on Sunday, and we’ll be here with the latest news on whether Dallas backup Cooper Rush or Prescott is playing so you feel comfortable when making your fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions.
We’ll continue to update this article with news on Prescott up until the official active/inactive report comes out on Sunday around 6:50 p.m. ET. For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
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Is Dak Prescott playing on Sunday night?
UPDATE: Cowboys beat write Michael Gehlken reported Saturday night that it would “surprise many close to the situation” if Prescott started on Sunday night.
UPDATE 2: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Prescott’s status for Sunday night is “still up in the air.”
UPDATE 3: Prescott is officially OUT.
Prescott originally injured his calf on the last play of Week 6. At the time, it wasn’t considered too serious, but after a bye and week of limited practices, Prescott is reportedly a legit game-time decision for Sunday night’s game against Minnesota.
Obviously, this is a worst-case scenario for fantasy owners. The other prime-time QB options are Kirk Cousins, Daniel Jones, and Patrick Mahomes. Cousins and Mahomes are both heavily owned in virtually all leagues, and Jones, despite being 39-percent owned in Yahoo leagues, certainly wouldn’t be available in most 12-team leagues. If none are available, the other QB you could try is Cowboys backup Cooper Rush. Even with all of Dallas’s impressive offensive weapons, Rush would be a suboptimal play.
At this point, it’s tough to recommend waiting for Prescott, but if you do, make sure you have Jones or Rush ready to sub in. Quarterback is too high scoring of a position at which to take a zero. Even Rush should be able to get you 10 points, at the very least.
If Dak is active, his outlook is a little lower than usual, as he will probably run even less than he’s already been doing this year. Still, most of his points have come through the air, and if he’s playing, clearly the Cowboys are going to let him fly. Ultimately, Prescott owners are taking a risk no matter what they do, so assess your situation and figure out what makes sense.
If Prescott is out, downgrade Cowboys receivers CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, but both should still be in lineups. Dalton Schultz is riskier, but Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard will be leaned on even more.
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