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a rocky start on Sunday.The Cowboys were clearly missing a go-to wide receiver on the outside Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt , a presence at tight end and leadership on the offensive line without 2016 All-Pro center Travis Frederick, who is battling Guillain Barre syndrome. The result was a lackluster performance and a 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the season opener.Quarterback Dak Prescott took the blame, saying he was "off" his game — although he remained upbeat, insisting that things will improve."I have to figure out why I was off," said Prescott, who was limited to 170 yards passing and no touchdowns. "Was I rushing it? Did I feel pressure? What were the things that were causing it? Was it just me missing the pass?"But it's hard to pin the 232-yard offensive output on the third-year quarterback.It didn't help that he was under constant pressure from a swarming Panthers defense led by Luke Kuechly and Kawann Short. Prescott was sacked six times, the most costly coming on Dallas' final drive when Mario Addison stripped him of the football and Captain Munnerlyn recovered to seal Carolina's win.But the Cowboys never really looked in sync outside of one fourth-quarter touchdown drive that came when they were down 16.And they have more questions than answers heading into a Week 2 matchup with the New York Giants on offense.Starting wide receivers Terrance Williams and Deonte Thompson were limited to a combined four catches for 33 yards. Free agent pickup Allen Hurns, who the Cowboys are hoping has a chance to emerge as their No. 1 receiver, had one catch for 20 yards.Greg Swaim was limited to three catches for 18 yards, and no other Cowboys tight end caught a pass.Prescott was clearly most comfortable throwing to one of the team's few holdovers from last season — slot receiver Cole Beasley, who was targeted a team-high eight times and had seven catches for 73 yards.Overall, the offense seemed to lack creativity with the Cowboys settling routinely for screen passes that were often sniffed out by Kuechly, who finished with 13 tackles.Prescott said the Cowboys' problems stemmed mostly from self-inflicted penalties.An illegal block above the waist by left tackle Tryon Smith put Dallas in a second-and-21 on the first drive. Smith had a holding penalty on the second drive leading to a second-and-17. La'el Collins was flagged twice for holding in second half.Dallas finished 2 of 11 on third-down conversions."Early on, we didn't have a great rhythm," coach Jason Garrett said. "We were behind the chains a lot. I thought it got better as the game wore on. We spread them out a little bit. We got some creases in the running game. Guys kept fighting. We made some positive plays on top of positive plays that allowed us to move the ball, certainly on the scoring drive and it's not good enough. We have to play better."Ezekiel Elliott had 69 yards rushing on 16 carries and a touchdown but was largely ineffective before the fourth quarter."We have to run it better," Garrett said. "We have to throw it better. Every part of it has to improve. I thought our guys battled and I thought it got better as the game wore on."The Cowboys featured a steady rotation of receivers Dallas Cowboys Hats , which Prescott said he liked."It keeps guys fresh," Prescott said. "It gives us the advantage on defensive backs. I'm great with the rotation as long as those guys are continuing to do their jobs."Still, Prescott seemed determined things will get better saying the Cowboys have the right type of guys in the locker room.For now, the big question is what it was before the season began: Who is going to step up in the passing game to replace Bryant and Witten?One game in, the Cowboys are no closer to finding out. The obvious advantage of later fantasy football drafts is more information, especially on less-heralded rookies and free agent signees. There's enough vital intelligence to force readjustments of draft boards.Don't foolishly rely on rankings from a magazine bought in early June or the gleeful tones of a local sports announcer who'll make you believe in a player who has no chance of making the roster.As the preseason kicks into overdrive, keep these draft board risers in mind:PEYTON BARBER, RB, Buccaneers: Rookie Ronald Jones II has struggled with pass blocking, which could give more carries to Barber, who came into camp 13 pounds lighter and determined to keep his starting job. This could be a timeshare but if Barber maintains his momentum he will be a stealthy play as a flex option with the bulk of the touches in what should be a more potent Tampa Bay ground game.AUSTIN EKELER, RB, Chargers: The backup to Melvin Gordon averaged 7.2 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown every 14.8 touches. The Chargers continue to find ways to put the explosive second-year back on the field more often, and if something were to happen to Gordon, Ekeler will go from trendy late-round selection to a potential top 24 running back in one of the league's more productive offenses.GERONIMO ALLISON, WR, Packers: Despite having only 39 targets last season Dallas Cowboys Hoodie , only three other Green Bay receivers played more snaps than Allison. He's firming his grip as the third receiver, a role that has consistently been fantasy-friendly. Allison is in position to be a late round selection whose numbers could explode with a healthy Aaron Rodgers throwing in his direction.NYHEIM HINES, RB, Colts: A good example of a player whose value has risen since the start of camp, Hines is drawing comparisons to Bears RB Tarik Cohen. Hines has been deployed all over the field and his fantasy value will increase in leagues where individuals receive credit for return yards. Those in PPR leagues must add Hines as the middle portion of the draft concludes.BLAKE JARWIN, TE, Cowboys: Someone must replace future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, and Jarwin has presented himself as the potential heir apparent. At 6-5, 260 pounds, Jarwin is a big target who also has enough speed to turn a short pass into a bigger play. He's a late-round selection with the upside to emerge as a red zone threat.COMING SOON...Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Eloy Jimenez will arrive at some point before the baseball season ends. With the Blue Jays in need of a boost to spark lagging attendance at Rogers Centre, Guerrero — batting a composite .405 in the minors — will take the mantle of third base from injured Josh Donaldson, while Jimenez and his .987 OPS will arrive to either patrol left field or slide into the designated hitter role for the White Sox.Those who miss out on adding either to their roster should simply lay back and use their initial taste of the majors as an outlier for how to handle them for 2019 drafts.CASEY AT THE PUCKSabres center Casey Mittelstadt has an outstanding opportunity to be the best rookie available in fantasy hockey leagues. Mittelstadt scored 5 points (one goal, four assists) in his six-game debut last season and won't turn 20 until Nov. 22, yet will join fellow center Jack Eichel as part of the franchise's revival.A 50-point season should be easy for Mittelstadt, but if he improves on his average of nearly 18 minutes of ice time, 70 points will be a reasonable barrier.This column was provided to The Associated Press by RotoExperts: s://rotoexperts/
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