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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:

Week 13 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 13 at this time. Here's what it means:

SF San Francisco • #19
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle should see a target boost.
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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.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU IND -9 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
18th
PROJ PTS
16
WR RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
61
TAR
91
REYDS
805
TD
5
FPTS/G
14.4
LAR L.A. Rams • #3
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC LAR -12.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
12.8
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
47
REYDS
331
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.1
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND IND -9 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
12.8
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
62
TAR
92
REYDS
704
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.7
PHI Philadelphia • #6
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ PHI -6.5 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
14.5
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
48
TAR
78
REYDS
686
TD
4
FPTS/G
11.7
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 13 Waivers
ATL Atlanta • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -11 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
16th
WR RNK
31st
ROSTERED
48%
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
41
REYDS
270
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.3
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: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -4 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
31st
WR RNK
32nd
ROSTERED
61%
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
41
REYDS
372
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.5
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.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -12.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
21st
WR RNK
42nd
ROSTERED
38%
YTD Stats
REC
45
TAR
71
REYDS
441
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.3
I know the production has been frustrating, but the targets give me hope for better days to come.
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -3 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
31st
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
36%
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
43
REYDS
324
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.1
Whenever he's been healthy, Daniel Jones has peppered Shepard with targets. I'd expect the same when he returns.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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PIT Pittsburgh • #18
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -4 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
15.9
WR RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
68
TAR
109
REYDS
809
TD
4
FPTS/G
17.5
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.
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CIN Cincinnati • #1
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC CIN -3 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
16.6
WR RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
50
TAR
82
REYDS
906
TD
8
FPTS/G
17.1
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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