Cowboys Week 11 stock report: Dak Prescott unable to play hero ball

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Stock Up: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver

No matter how you slice it, the Cowboys made a huge mistake when they jettisoned Amari Cooper. This wasn’t a mistake because of anything CeeDee Lamb lacked as a No. 1 wide receiver, but rather due to an absence of depth behind him.

Dallas had faith that players such as Michael Gallup (coming off a torn ACL), James Washington, and tight end Dalton Schultz could pick up the slack. Early in the year, that wasn’t happening since Washington has yet to play and Schultz also found himself dealing with an injury.

The good news is that as Schultz has gotten healthy and Gallup has rounded back into form, the door has been opened for Lamb to start exceeding. On Sunday, while the Cowboys lost, Lamb had his best outing of the year. He finished with 11 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

It should have been enough to help Dallas win as his second score gave them a 28-14 lead as they were thoroughly in control at that point.

Stock Down: Jalen Tolbert, Wide Receiver

While Lamb continues to trend up, rookie wideout Jalen Tolbert has become a major liability. On the year, he has just one reception and hardly sees the field. In fact, he had just 10 snaps on Sunday but still found a way to negatively affect the game for his team.

In overtime, Tony Pollard ran the ball nine yards to set his team up with a first and 10 on Green Bay’s 37-yard line — or so it seemed. The play ended up not counting as Tolbert was lined up offside, negating the play. It’s rare to ever see an offensive player called for such a penalty but Tolbert found a way to do so at the worst time possible.