The Dallas Cowboys’ offense AND defense showed off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, winning the game 41-21. Ezekiel Elliott ATE against Philly’s defense and scored all the fantasy football points. Meanwhile Miles Sanders finished will just 2 carries despite playing 35 snaps (yea, you read that right).
Here are the biggest takeaways fantasy managers should draw from the final NFL game of Week 3.
Dalton Schultz Is a TE1
There were plenty of great takeaways for any managers invested in the Cowboys offense. Dak Prescott went 21-for-26 for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Zeke racked up 116 total yards and 2 scores. Even Tony Pollard still got his touches, carrying the rock 11 times for 60 yards. The only people who didn’t love this game—other than Eagles fans—were Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb managers. And Dalton Schultz is to blame for that.
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The tight end was targeted 7 times, catching 6 for 80 yards and 2 scores. He easily led the team in targets and was a focal point of Dallas’ attack against Philly. Schultz has seen at least six targets in two out of the first three games this season. While running mate Blake Jarwin is still on the field getting looks, it’s clear Schultz is the early favorite among the two tight ends. If you’ve been streaming the position to start the year, Schultz is a must-add for the coming weeks.
Also, don’t panic Cooper and Lamb managers. The two wide receivers played the most snaps out of everyone and ran the most routes by a long shot. They’ll bounce-back just fine.
Sell Dallas Goedert, Don’t Sell Miles Sanders
It was a weird night for the Eagles’ offense.
Jalen Hurts threw the ball for 326 yards yet none of Philly’s wide receivers finished with over 55 yards. All the big production went to the tight ends. Zach Ertz came back off the COVID list and immediately was targeted 7 times, catching 4 for 53 yards and a touchdown. Goedert still put up a nice stat line, but on just two catches (66 yards). Ertz ran more routes on fewer snaps than Goedert which isn’t a great sign for the latter’s fantasy production moving forward. Goedert is a fringe TE1 at the moment but with Ertz back in the fold, that’ll likely fall into the TE20 territory. Sell high on him now.
Sanders mangers on the other hand should hold tight with their running back. The Eagles ran the ball a grand total of three times with their running backs Monday. Three. Maybe the Cowboys’ defense isn’t that bad? Despite abandoning the ground game, Sanders still led the backfield in snaps, playing just over 60%. With a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next week—the second-worst run defense per NEFF rating—Sanders has a great opportunity to bounce-back into the RB2 conversation.