All indications are that Amari Cooper will return from his COVID absence on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. With the Cowboys also getting CeeDee Lamb back this week, Dak Prescott should have his full complement of weapons for one of the few times this season. That's great for him, but makes things complicated for Fantasy managers.
The easy part of this equation is that you start Lamb. He has taken the next step this season, appears to be the team's true No. 1 wide receiver, and is a must-start option whenever he suits up. Cooper and Gallup are more complicated.
If I knew Cooper was 100% I would rank him as a low-end No. 2 wide receiver and Gallup would be a boom-or-bust flex. But reports that Cooper still has a cough have me concerned he won't play a full complement of snaps. That makes both Cooper and Gallup No. 3 wide receivers. I still prefer Cooper, but it's very close that I wouldn't blame you if you chose Gallup.
Hopefully, Cooper is 100% and we get a good look at what this target distribution looks like with everyone healthy. Then, we can make more educated decisions in the Fantasy playoffs.
Here is the rest of the Week 13 WR Preview:
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Week 13 WR Preview
The following players are not being projected to play Week 13 at this time. Here's what it means:
Numbers to Know
- 43 -- DK Metcalf has not topped 43 receiving yards in a game since Week 7.
- 45.7% -- Terry McLaurin leads the NFL with a 45.3% share of his team's air yards.
- 31% -- Darnell Mooney has a 31% target share since Week 8, behind only Tyreek Hill.
- 11 -- Randall Cobb leads the NFL with 11 targets inside the 10 yard line. That's a lot of opportunity for someone if he's out.
- 21.7 -- DeSean Jackson leads the NFL with a 21.7 aDOT. You can't be consistent with that role, but he's a nice boom/bust bye week replacement in a bind.
- 9 -- Hunter Renfrow has nine targets in three of his past four games. He's a must-start receiver as long as Darren Waller is out.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Russell Gage WR
TB Tampa Bay • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
It's not a great week for wide receivers, but Gage is coming off his best game of the year and has seven or more targets in four of his past six games.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #19
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
As long as Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney are out, Golladay is a solid No. 3 wide receiver with more upside than he's shown this season.
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
I know the production has been frustrating, but the targets give me hope for better days to come.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Whenever he's been healthy, Daniel Jones has peppered Shepard with targets. I'd expect the same when he returns.
PIT Pittsburgh • #18
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Johnson's price just doesn't reflect the reality that he's a top six wide receiver on this slate with big-time upside against a Ravens defense that has struggled mightily against the big play.
CIN Cincinnati • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Chase is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off again. I'll probably run him out there in tournaments until he hits big again.
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