As the NFL season is approaching, teams are practicing and fantasy drafts have begun it is time to dive into my favorite team The Dallas Cowboys. With two preseason games under their belt the depth chart is becoming clear. This article will talk about the 1st string players of the Dallas Cowboys WR’s and their fantasy value.
WR Amari Cooper
With the 4th pick in the 2015 draft the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders selected WR from Alabama, Amari Cooper. He spent 2015-2018 with the team. On October 22, 2018 he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a first round pick (27th overall) in the 2019 draft. Many including myself thought this trade was a little crazy, but I am glad I was proven wrong. In his first game with the Dallas Cowboys Cooper led the team with a touchdown and 5 receptions for 58 yards. The change of scenery has seemed to do the trick for this WR. In each season since 2018 Cooper has recorded over 1,000 receiving yards. His amount of targets has gone up each year as well with last year having 92 targets.
As for his fantasy value last year he finished as the #15 best WR for the season (per ESPN PPR League). There were only three games where Cooper scored less then 10 points in my league. When drafting he should be drafted between rounds 3 to 5. I would also start him as a WR 1.
WR CeeDee Lamb
With the 17th pick in the 2020 NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select WR from Oklahoma, CeeDee Lamb. This was the third WR off the board as Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy went before him. However, Lamb proved to be the best of these three in the 2020 season. His season started with 5 receptions for 59 yards. In his second game he recorded 106 receiving yards on 6 receptions. In week 4 against the Browns, Lamb scored his first 2 NFL touchdowns. He finished the season with 939 receiving yards on 69 receptions. Lamb quickly proved that he deserved to wear the number 88, which as Cowboys fans know is reserved for stellar WR’s.
As for fantasy Lamb proved to be a top 5 WR rookie. He finished the season ranked in the 22nd position (ESPN PPR League). It is important to note his fantasy value did fall with the injury of Dak Prescott. But, he still proved to be a reliable WR 2. Expect him this year to fight for the WR 1 spot against Cooper. With Cooper just barely cleared to practice it will be interesting to see if the extra practice boosts Lamb. Similar to Cooper I expect to see Lamb off the board in rounds 3 to 5. If Dak is healthy he could be a WR 1, as well as a reliable option for a QB/WR duo. I would also plug him in as a WR 1 spot.
WR Michael Gallup
With the 81st pick in the 2018 draft the Dallas Cowboys select WR from Colorado State, Michael Gallup. Now I watched Gallup during his college years when he would play against Boise State. I knew that he could become something in the NFL. In his debut he only caught 1 reception for 9 yards. He recorded his first NFL touchdown in the 2018 season week 7 with a 49 yard pass from Prescott. His rookie season was nothing spectacular as he finished with 33 receptions for 507 receiving yards. He had a sophomore spike and finished his second season with the Cowboys with 66 receptions for 1,107 receiving yards. His third season he had 59 receptions for 843 yards.
As for fantasy Gallup also provides a good showing. In the 2020 season Gallup finished ranked in the 38th position (ESPN PPR league). He is not as explosive as Cooper or Lamb but has shown he can also be a reliable option. However, he falls to the WR #3 on this team. The upside on Gallup this is his contract year, meaning he is looking perform this season. With Dak back I believe his productivity will also go up. I can see Gallup being drafted between the 10 to 12 rounds of the draft. I would put Gallup in a Flex position.
WR Fantasy Value Summary
These are the Dallas Cowboys WR’s who will be 1st string on the depth chart. There is no competition in these roles. All three WR’s fantasy potential is to rank in the top 40. But, all also perform better with Dak Prescott on the field. We will have to keep eye on how Prescott throws coming off a shoulder strain injury. This could effect their fantasy value. I rank their productivity in the order of Cooper, Lamb and then Gallup. Cooper is a for sure WR 1 in my book since he is healthy now. Lamb is right there competing for a WR 1 ranking I would still say he is lower end WR 1. Gallup is productive but will not get the targets the other two receivers will for the reason he is a Flex. Overall, this trio for the Dallas Cowboys is one of the best WR cores in years.
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