Sunday AM update: The Cowboys are fully healthy and the Cardinals secondary does not have any names on the final injury report. Safety Budda Baker was listed as a full participant all week with a thumb injury. ESPN’s PPR projections have Amari Cooper with 13.1 points, CeeDee Lamb with 12.0 points, and Michael Gallup with 8.2 points this week. The big question is who will emerge as a favorite target for new starter Andy Dalton. The change from Dak Prescott leaves some big questions unanswered heading into Monday’s game.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the Dallas offense heading into Week 6, as they will be without Dak Prescott for the first time in years. All three of these wideouts have found ways to succeed so far this season, and they will now look to Andy Dalton to help them continue to find success. Which wideout is the best bet for your starting lineup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Dallas WRs Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb
Amari Cooper is averaging 17.8 points per game this year, but managed only 4.1 points in Week 5. The chemistry between Prescott and Cooper has built to a great level over time, and Cooper’s value takes a hit with Dak’s season ending injury. However, Andy Dalton is a capable NFL starter and the Cowboys will need to continue to put up big points to make up for their lackluster defense. Ezekiel Elliot may be utilized more often, but air yards will be needed and Cooper is still the top dog in this receiving corps. Look to keep him as a starter in your lineups as a low end WR1.
CeeDee Lamb continued to demonstrate his athletic prowess in Week 5 as he hauled in eight of 11 targets for 124 yards. He is averaging 17.1 PPR points per game which is a very close second to Amari Cooper. All of Lamb’s action came while Prescott was still under center, so it remains to be seen what kind of connection he has with Dalton. Lamb receives a small demotion in rankings due to the uncertainty at the quarterback position, but he will still remain involved in the offense and his talent and prior target share makes him worth inserting as a WR2 in your lineups.
Michael Gallup has been firmly planted behind Cooper and Lamb thus far this season, however that hierarchy seemed to change in the fourth quarter in Week 5. At the end of the game Andy Dalton looked to hit Gallup with the deep ball on multiple occasions and they connected for a couple of big plays. Gallup may be the only receiver to have a small bump in value in this offense, as he and Dalton seemed to already have some chemistry. Despite the small bump, he is still third in rank in the wide receiver room, and should be considered more of a WR3/flex play in Week 6.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Amari Cooper as a low end WR1
Start CeeDee Lamb as a WR2
Start Michael Gallup as a WR3/flex