The Dallas Cowboys had to make some moves with their roster this offseason because of their salary cap situation. The biggest cap casualty was wide receiver Amari Cooper, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns.
Cooper wasn’t the only wide receiver that the team lost, as Cedrick Wilson Jr. also departed in free agency, signing a deal with the Miami Dolphins. Dallas signed James Washington to help replace them and was able to re-sign Michael Gallup as well.
But, with Gallup likely sidelined to start the beginning of the season, that means CeeDee Lamb will be the questioned No. 1 target in the passing game for a chunk of time. Lamb’s arrow was already pointing up with Cooper being traded, but he has a chance at some wild target share numbers in the early going.
This is all great news for Fantasy Football managers that have Lamb on their team or are going to target him during their drafts. The 2020 first-round pick hasn’t quite lived up to expectations because of compressed volume, but that should change in 2022.
Lamb should be in for a monster season, vaulting up the wide receiver rankings in the process. Over at ESPN, they are predicting a big season for the former Oklahoma Sooner. Lamb is projected to be targeted 130 times, catching 85 passes for 1,107 yards and seven touchdowns. He will also add nine carries for 60 yards.
That kind of production would push Lamb toward WR1 status for the first time in his career as he would be comfortably inside the top-10 players at the position. Those numbers are likely attainable, especially depending on how long Gallup is sidelined.
Dak Prescott will be looking to Lamb early and often without his second wide receiver in the lineup. The one issue will be that defenses are going to start moving their coverage over to Lamb unless someone else can step up and take some pressure off of him.
But, that is something that the best pass catchers in the league always overcome as defenses key in on them routinely. That is something Lamb will have to get used to and find ways to pick apart. Over time, he should find success as he is extremely talented and poised for a breakout season with the Cowboys.