Fantasy implications of Cowboys playing starters in Week 17
The Cowboys don’t plan on resting their starters in Week 17 despite already clinching the division. We break down the fantasy implications.
The Dallas Cowboys have clinched the NFC East and could’ve decided to take a victory lap in Week 17, but they’re still treating it like a real game so far. Head coach Jason Garrett says that he will play his starters in next week’s regular season finale against Washington.
The Cowboys won the division by routing the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. They would have the No. 3 seed if the playoffs start tomorrow. The Cowboys still have a shot at a first-round bye, but they would need lots of help with five teams in the NFC tied at 11-4. The Seattle Seahawks control their own destiny for the No. 1 seed, while the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions play for the NFC North title next week.
Fantasy impact: The Cowboys’ first-team players might start, but it’d be a surprise if they played longer than two quarters. It makes Tony Romo a bigger fantasy risk than he’d normally be against the Washington defense. This news makes it even harder to trust DeMarco Murray, who was already limited with a hand injury. Bargain hunters should consider Joseph Randle in their daily fantasy leagues.