Game day update: The Cowboys trio of receivers face a decent but not great 49ers pass defense. The 49ers pass rush struggles due to numerous injuries, which makes life a little easier in the passing game. ESPN projects Amari Cooper to score 13.6 fantasy points in PPR leagues, Michael Gallup to score 10.6, and CeeDee Lamb to score 10.5.
Each man in the Cowboys’ triumvirate of leading wideouts has received enough opportunities in recent weeks to be starter-worthy in some fantasy formats. How will this group shake out against the San Francisco 49ers?
Fantasy Football analysis: Cowboys WRs Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup
Cooper feels like the safest option here only because his connection with Andy Dalton appears to be the most consistent. Cooper has seen no fewer than five targets over the past four games and has averaged more than seven per contest. He had a 112-yard effort during that time and although he ended his two most recent games with middling yardage totals, Cooper has scored in three straight.
Lamb was seeing about the same amount of targets as Cooper over the past month before his two-target dud against the Bengals in Week 14. However, the rookie hasn’t picked up nearly as many yards in that same four-game stretch, and he has scored just once in four games since Dalton’s return to the lineup.
Gallup was Dallas’ most productive WR in Week 13 versus the Ravens — seven receptions on 11 targets for 86 yards and a TD. Otherwise, Gallup has produced like a forgettable WR4/5 for a large majority of the season.
The 49ers’ pass defense has been relatively decent. Yes, they have been victimized by D.K. Metcalf, Davante Adams and Cole Beasley over the past six weeks (one of those things is not like the other). But San Fran has held all wideouts out of the end zone in three of its past four games.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Cooper costs $6,400 on DraftKings, which is way more than either Lamb ($4,500) or Gallup ($3,500). That’s a little weird because Dalton has shown a proclivity to spreading the ball around. Cooper has the best chance of scoring a touchdown, but considering this matchup, I’m not sure that means a whole lot. Everyone here should be viewed as a WR3 or WR4. For DFS, Lamb might be the best DraftKings value buy. He hasn’t put up big numbers recently, but if his target count returns to where it was in Weeks 11-13 (six, seven and nine targets, respectively), there’s a good chance he will be worth your DraftKings buck.