CeeDee Lamb’s Fantasy Football Impact on Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys added CeeDee Lamb the dynamic WR talent from the Oklahoma Sooners, with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dak Prescott will have a bevy of weapons at his disposal now with Lamb joining Amari Cooper out wide and of course, Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield.

Lamb was widely considered one of the top, if not the best WR in this draft class. The Cowboys still also have Michael Gallup developing so the top-three WRs are set up nicely in Dallas.

Here’s why Shawn Childs ranked Lamb as his No. 1 wide receiver:

His speed (4.5 forty yard dash) and strength (11 reps in the bench press at the NFL combine) fell short of the top wide receivers in this year’s class. Lamb may struggle against press coverage, but his feel for space and patience will create many wins at the line of scrimmage if tested. He plays with a variance in play speed, helping his ability to get open when the ball is in the air. This style of play adds value to his game at the goal line. Lamb has excellent hands while showing explosiveness in the open field. His route running needs some work, which I’m sure he’ll add to his bag of tricks at the next level. Even though he needs to add more bulk and strength, Lamb will break tackles with an uncanny feel to set up defenders in the open field.

Here’s what Corey Parson said about Lamb coming off the board before Pick 13:

He has a real nose for the end zone. Lamb is not a burner, but he has great hands and is very physical when going for the ball. He is true No. 1 NFL wide receiver.What the Jets do at pick No. 11 will truly tell the tale of how draft night will play out for Lamb. If the Jets take Jeudy, I feel pretty good that the Raiders will select Lamb at 12. 

Dallas Cowboys stats to know

  • Dak Prescott led the NFL in completions over 40 yards (16), which came after delivering 25 passes over 40 yards over his previous 48 games. He also set a career-high in passes over 20 yards (68 – 39 was his previous best).
  • Ezekiel Elliott only had four runs over 20 yards, which feel short of his success over his first three seasons (30 runs over 20 yards over 40 games).
  • The Cowboys’ WRs gained the second-most receiving yards (3,475) in the league with both Amari Cooper (79/1189/8) and Michael Gallop (66/1107/6) gaining over 1,000 yards. Cooper was a much better player at home (52/869/6) than away (27/320/3).
  • Dallas allowed only 46.2 percent of their completions to the WR position (171/2155/12 on 281 targets).
  • The Cowboys were one of three teams in the NFL to give over 1,000 yards receiving to the TE position (104/1016/6), but they gained only 9.77 yards per catch.

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