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Making it “Rayne”

Similar to the 2016 NFL draft, Rayne Prescott, better known as Dak Prescott, is being undervalued and underappreciated as a fantasy asset. Since joining the ranks as an NFL quarterback, Dak has been nothing short of productive. In fact, he has yet to finish lower than QB 10 in fantasy scoring. 

SeasonFantasy Finish
2018          10th
2017           9th
2016           6th
QuarterbackTop Ten Finishes to Begin Career
Russell Wilson4
Dak Prescott3
Andrew Luck3
Cam Newton3
Robert Griffin III1

*QBS to begin career with top ten finishes since 2002

While Dak started the 2018 season a bit slow, he finished on a brilliant note. Scoring the fourth most points at the position over the last nine weeks of the season. This directly correlates to when the Cowboys bolstered their anemic receiver corps by acquiring Amari Cooper. The pair quickly developed chemistry and resurrected a team lacking explosive plays. Over this nine-game span, Dak averaged a monstrous 22.1 fantasy points per game. His raw numbers of 12 TDs with 3 interceptions over this stretch may appear slight, but a deeper dive may give more prospective. He ranked fourth in total yardage (2,225), while also ranking top five in completion percentage (78.5). Another contributing factor in his success is his rushing ability. In 2018, his rushing attempts per game increased from 3.6 to nearly 5. He has scored exactly 6 rushing touchdowns each season thus far, showing he is a threat to tuck the ball and run when inside the red zone. This only raises Dak’s ceiling, making him an even safer start each week. 

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Although Dak has seen a sizable increase in value over the last month, from quarterback 15 to QB 10 in DLF average draft position, I believe he is still undervalued. Owners are regularly drafting him at or below his floor, which after three full seasons of data is as a top-10 option.  Even though his play may appear unspectacular and Alex Smith-esque, Dak continually posts reliable fantasy points, and that is all we should care about. Over his first three years, he has yet to miss a game, proving that he is a plug-and-play option. Sure, he may not be Patrick Mahomes or Baker Mayfield, but he will be a dependable starter for at least a two-to-three-year period. Some dynasty owners tend to project much further into the future, but this is the time period I feel comfortable projecting. Playing behind what I believe is a top-seven offensive line in 2019, Dak will continue his dominance, finishing once again as a QB1. Consistency, reliability, rushing upside, great protection, and stellar offensive weaponry are all reasons why you should be making offers to acquire his talents. 

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