by Alex Kurpeski and Angel Maldonado Tejada
Alex’s Pick: TE Blake Jarwin, ADP of 13.10 (As of August 27, 2020)
Jarwin has a chance to blossom into a truly dominant tight end with Jason Witten finally out of his hair. With Witten vacating 83 targets from last season, Jarwin could see a huge uptick in his usage as the TE1 for Dallas. Jarwin’s familiarity with the system, as well as his overall impressive athletic skill set makes him a legitimate top-ten tight end candidate this season. Judging from the lucrative three-year extension that the Cowboys gave him this past offseason, the organization seems to believe so too. As the TE19, Jarwin could be the best value at his position.
Angel’s Pick: Michael Gallup, ADP of 6.12 (as of September 2nd, 2020)
The best wide receiver on the Cowboys is an afterthought to many.
After a breakout 2019 campaign that saw Michael Gallup double his reception total and accumulate 1,107 yards on 112 targets, Gallup should be in the process of being hyped up by every analyst, right? Well, the addition of CeeDee Lamb seems to have complicated things for Gallup… but they really haven’t.
A lot of the concern surrounding Gallup seems to be centered around his “increased competition”. But, considering the Cowboys attempted 39 passes per game, touches shouldn’t be a major concern. In addition, the departures of Tavon Auston, Randall Cobb, and Jason Witten will free up just as many targets as CeeDee Lamb figures to command his rookie season, if not more.
Nice catch by the Cowboys #1 WR Michael Gallup 🔥 pic.twitter.com/XKeVnTNoC8
— Fantasy Scouts 24/7 (@FFBallAllDay) September 2, 2020
Still not convinced Gallup is being criminally underrated? Mike McCarthy has already stated he views Gallup as a WR1, and why wouldn’t he? Gallup ranked 10th in the league in yards per reception (16.9), 12th in yards per target (9.9), and 16th in total target distance (1,491 yards). That tells us Prescott and the Cowboys view Gallup as an explosive deep threat capable of creating plays. That type of WR will always find a way to be productive. If Gallup cleans up his drops (11 last season), he will produce high-end WR2 numbers. While I don’t think he’s a Top 15 player, I love him at his current ADP and see him having another productive season in Dallas.
Note: Let this also serve as notice that I am firmly not in the Amari Cooper fan club. Yes, he just got a massive extension, but I’d rather take the younger Gallup as his current ADP than Cooper if only for consistency reasons. If Gallup is a value, Cooper is the opposite.