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Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: SORTING OUT THE WR MESS IN DALLAS

By the midway point of the 2017 fantasy football, it was clear as day that Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant was toast.  No longer able to gain consistent separation from defenders, Bryant was abysmal at times for long stretches of the season and so it was no surprise when Dallas cut ties with him during the winter.  Add in the retirement of franchise All-Pro tight end Jason Witten as well and all of a sudden the Cowboys were faced with a major shortfall of receiving targets for third-year QB Dak Prescott.  While the Cowboys did spend a draft pick on Michael Gallup, the signings of Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin to complement Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams leave no one in the fantasy football community ready to run out and get a hold of any of these names in the draft.  With that said, SOMEONE has to step up and lead the team in receptions and at the very least, a WR 3 season is hidden somewhere in this mess.  The key is to find out who it will come from and that projection mostly will center between the rookie Gallup and the veterans Austin and Hurns.

Michael Gallup:  As far as Gallup is concerned, the rookie from Colorado State is entering into a very good position on a Dallas team hurting for receivers.  Having posted back-to-back 1,200-yard campaigns with Colorado State, Gallup showed nice route running ability and good hands.  He is no home run threat through and will likely do much of his work in the possession receiver mode.  At the very least, Gallup should be a late round pick due to the opportunity at hand.

Allen Hurns:  Injuries have been a big issue for Hurns over the last  two seasons as he missed a combined 11 games total in that span.  His last decent came back in 2015 when he hauled in 64 balls for 1,031 yards and 10 scores but that as they say is ancient history.  With that said, Hurns is the most accomplished receiver of the bunch and he is still young enough to be able to go back to his 2015 numbers if the health cooperates.  That is a big "If" but Hurns too should be in the late round discussion.

Tavon Austin:  Once a top draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, Austin really bombed out there as he failed to become what Tyreek Hill is now for the Kansas City Chiefs.  With that said, Austin is the kind of check-down option that Prescott loves and in PPR formats, he could be a decent late round play.

So there you have it.  Nothing overly exciting here but at the very least this situation should be monitored throughout the preseason to see where this goes in terms of usage among those involved.


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