Dallas Cowboys: Fantasy Football matchups for Week Five

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 23: Center Travis Frederick
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 23: Center Travis Frederick /

The Dallas Cowboys will take on the Green Bay Packers in Week Five. Here are some of the best Cowboys to start this week for fantasy football owners.

Week Five of the NFL regular season has several big games but the clear main event has to be the Green Bay Packers VS the Dallas Cowboys. A playoff rematch that should see the Cowboys looking for a measure of revenge.

Green Bay has been their final destination in the playoffs for entirely too long. Now the Cowboys will see if they can pull out a win against one of the biggest conference rivals. From a fantasy football standpoint, this should be a big contest for the Cowboys who will need to outscore legendary quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Here are several players who could have a very productive outing on Sunday making them perfect fantasy football starters.

Dak Prescott (Quarterback): Dak has a tough matchup ahead of him although a part of that “bad” matchup is a little inflated because of the level of competition they have faced.

The Chicago Bears quarterback, Mike Glennon, and the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton have been having difficult seasons, to say the least. There are the other two wins over the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons but the defense was basically non-existent in the Falcons contest.

So what does all this mean for Dak? Well, the Cowboys quarterback has scored around 20 fantasy points per game, and he easily has one of the toughest schedules amongst active quarterbacks.

So by that rationale, he should be in good shape this week. Kevin King has shown an ability to be a threat for the Packers secondary but the Cowboys offense is so dynamic it will be difficult to give Dak problems.

The Cowboys should have a more balanced attack in this contest as they attempt to control the clock and get both the run and pass game going early. Prescott is a QB1 with some moderate upside.

Ezekiel Elliott (Running Back): Zeke had his best game of the season last week and that level of production should continue if he is on the field. He is dealing with a couple of bruised ribs but the Packers are not that scary against the run.

Green Bay has given up five touchdowns to opposing running backs all season so it would not be surprising to see Zeke get into the end zone at least twice. The Cowboys are also targeting Elliott more out of the backfield so he could see an uptick receptions in this contest as the Cowboys attempt to keep the Packers off balance.

In fact, this is his first contest all season that owners do not have to worry about a tough, bruising defense looking to dominate the line of scrimmage. Elliott will make some memories on Sunday as the Cowboys always play better under the bright lights of prime time.

Alfred Morris (Running Back): If Elliott is playing, Morris’s upside is limited. He remains the best handcuff available for Zeke and should be on your bench if you own the Cowboys star running back.

Dez Bryant (Wide Receiver): The history between Dez and the Packers is legendary and he should have a pretty big game on Sunday. Bryant has yet to have a 100-yard game this season and this could be his week as the Packers have allowed at least 100 yards to both A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

This is the best fantasy football matchup he has had all season and in such a big game for the Cowboys, you have to believe he will play a larger role than he typically does. Dez should find the end zone in Week Five.

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Cole Beasley (Wide Receiver): If you are looking for a guy who could be a solid flex play this week then Beasley is one of the better options out there. He has been quiet all season long but that may not continue against the Packers suspect secondary.

With most of the top defensive backs for the Packers dealing with Dez and tight end, Jason Witten, Beasley may be in line for a bigger role this week. He has been known to help move the change and keep the Cowboys on the field and this is the best matchup he has had all season long.

Brice Butler (Wide Receiver): A number of targets Butler gets is not all that flattering as he has only be thrown to nine times all season, which is not great from a fantasy football perspective. The interesting thing about those targets is that he makes the most of them.

He has two touchdowns and 150 receiving yards so far this season and has been one of the better deep threats for the Cowboys this season. Butler has some touchdown upside which makes him a more stable reach than most.

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Jason Witten (Tight End): The Green Bay defense has been terrible except against opposing tight ends. They have not faced a lot of elite tight ends so far but the Cowboys should be looking at other players to carry this offense on Sunday.

Witten also only has six targets in the last two weeks and only caught two of them. He could be worked into the offense more effectively but as soon as the Cowboys get into the red zone they will run the ball. Witten is not on the list of recommended starts this week.