Last Updated on June 22, 2020
2019 was a revelation for Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
After not throwing for more than 23 touchdowns and 3,900 yards in his first three NFL seasons, Prescott threw for 30 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards a season ago in a contract year.
He’ll now enter the 2020 season with lofty Super Bowl Odds expectations, top-five odds for NFL MVP, and maybe a chance to make even more money if he is able to deliver.
— FieldLevelMedia (@FieldLevelMedia) May 12, 2020
Dallas Cowboys 2020 Overview:
With the NFL 2020 season approaching, the back-and-forth conversations between Prescott’s camp and the Cowboys’ brass have started to sour, with Prescott looking to command the highest average annual value for his position.
It would've made him the highest paid QB in history.
Prescott instead is seeking “north of $45M” in the final season of his new deal, reportedly. pic.twitter.com/IBYCVaxVk7
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 21, 2020
Is it a good idea for Prescott to reportedly turn down that kind of money and bet on himself? Perhaps.
QBs last season who finished Top5 in total QBR, TDs thrown & passing yards:
That’s the list. #CowboysNation
— Shane Carter (@ShaneCarterTx) May 16, 2020
Dallas has moved on from the predictable offensive tendencies of longtime Head Coach Jason Garrett and brought in Mike McCarthy to replace him. Dallas also now has given Prescott even more weapons on offense at the skill positions with the addition of first-rounder CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma.
Dak rejected a 5 year $175 mil deal that would make him the highest paid QB ever?! pic.twitter.com/FgRK7bjU6K
— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) May 21, 2020
Dak Prescott Over/Under 4375.5 Passing Yards
Over the course of his career, Prescott has averaged 3,944.5 yards per season, with the statistical outlier of 4,902 yards coming in 2019. Quarterbacks from last season that surpassed the OVER on the number listed for Prescott at DraftKings Sportsbook included Jameis Winston, Jared Goff, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan.
With an improved cast of offensive weapons around him, Prescott would need to average more than 273 passing yards/game in 2020, and that’s with keeping Ezekiel Elliott fed in the running game. Yet Vegas tends to think Prescott will continue to deploy a downfield attack with a new coaching staff.
One of the underrated aspects of taking Lamb is that it could allow Amari Cooper to go back to his normal position playing out of the slot. With Randall Cobb out of the mix and Jason Witten now playing with the Raiders, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore now has more flexibility to move Copper into this spot. It’s no secret that Cooper has struggled against tough coverage from other teams, so getting him in the slot could be an extremely effective move not only for him personally but for the entire offense. Then we throw in Lamb, who’s speed was always on full display at Oklahoma, which lead to him averaging 19 YPR through his three years. In his final year in college, which was his junior year, Lamb averaged 21.4 on 62 receptions for 1327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The DraftKings Sportsbook is expecting Prescott’s passing yards to come down a significant amount ahead of 2019 but that still shouldn’t shy you away. We’re talking about a massive 626.5 yard difference from his 2019 total. With the addition of Lamb and especially with Ezekiel Elliott being more involved in the receiving game, I really like the over on this total. After posting a combined 58 receptions over his first two years, Elliott made 131 over the past two years, doubling his total from the previous two years. This is currently one of my favorite over unders to consider.
Over/Under 27.5 Passing TD’s
I tend to be more bullish on Prescott surpassing the OVER on passing touchdowns, even over yardage because the number compared to the rest of the field feels far more realistic. Only Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes have higher touchdown totals, with Ben Roethlisberger, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan coming in at the same number as Prescott.
Here’s a key reason. Red zone efficiency.
Dak Prescott red zone passing last season
0 INTs pic.twitter.com/6ez84CWFlr
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) May 21, 2020
Prescott will have the trust of his coaching staff to throw the ball in the red zone. This leads to plenty of opportunities to pad his touchdown stats, even if the yardage for big plays doesn’t necessarily follow. Seven quarterbacks a season ago threw for 27 or more touchdowns and if Prescott wants to be paid like a top tier NFL player at his position, that number will need to hit more so than yards. I lean over here.