The Dallas Cowboys had some big decisions to make this offseason, and the move that was not surprising, but still hit like a shocker, was when Dallas elected to move on from star wide receiver Amari Cooper, and swung a trade with the Cleveland Browns. With Cooper gone, that is going to give even more opportunity for CeeDee Lamb to contribute even more to the Cowboys offense, because of this, Lamb should be high on every fantasy owners big board.
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones was devastated when Dallas was knocked out of the Wildcard round of the 2021 NFL postseason. You can’t blame him, as Jones described himself, the 2021 Cowboys’ roster was the best roster Jones had put together in the modern era of Dallas Cowboys footballs. Dallas lost some players this offseason, so the team shouldn’t be as strong in 2022. However, they still have Dak Prescott at quarterback, and he’s going to feed his receivers. CeeDee Lamb should be the recipient of Prescott’s receiver room shrinking, and the added pressure I believe Jerry Jones is going to put on the Cowboys.
Lamb finished the 2021 season with 79-catches, for 1102-yards, and six-touchdowns. PFF graded Lamb as the 8th overall wide receiver in the NFL with an 84.3 grade. Lamb’s 2021 season fizzled out after a really hot start, but as Jesse Leitch points out, Lamb had a tough time getting touches with both Cooper and Michael Gallup healthy.
“Lamb had a great start to the season and slowly faded back to mediocre in the closing out of the year. Part of this was his role when Gallup and Cooper were both healthy as Lamb would often play in the third role behind them. Gallup is a free agent in the off season so if he departs it should surely open up a lot more opportunities for Lamb in a high powered offense.”
That further enforces that Lamb should take a huge jump in fantasy football in 2022. He’s not going to be the first wide receiver on your board, but he’s definitely a solid third-round option.
Lamb is also only 23-years-old, if you’re in a dynasty league and can get your hands on CeeDee Lamb you won’t be sorry. Because of his age, and because of the role he’s going to have in Dallas moving forward, I would lean towards trading a first round pick for Lamb, especially since you can control him and keep his salary relatively low.
I know I sound like a broken record, but don’t underestimate the impact the Amari Cooper trade is going to have on CeeDee Lamb this season. Lamb is the type of receiver that will give you tremendous value in the middle rounds of your draft, because Lamb is capable of playing at a tier one level.