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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 4 Rankings
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 7. Amari Cooper (vs . CLE)
We're now three games in and Cooper's role only continues to shine. He's seen 35 targets in them, which puts him on pace for 186.7 targets on the season. That's not going to happen, but it's clear he's going to surpass the 119 targets he saw in 2019. He's been consistent with those targets, too, totaling at least nine catches and/or 100 yards in every game. Now coming back to Dallas where he's played his best, you should be excited. The Browns don't shadow with their cornerbacks, so Cooper will see a mixture of everyone, though about 40 percent of his snaps would be played against the Browns best cornerback, Denzel Ward, if he's available. Ward has been trying to play through an injury and it has led to two touchdowns allowed in his coverage over the last two weeks. He also had to leave the game against Washington last week after playing just 29 snaps with a groin injury. Those are not good signs when you're about to go against Cooper. If Ward sits, we'd see Kevin Johnson take his place on the perimeter. Johnson has allowed a 110.5 QB Rating in his coverage over his six-year NFL career. Start Cooper no matter what, but his matchup goes through the roof if Ward sits.
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Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 20. Michael Gallup (vs . CLE)
And just like that, Gallup is the No. 2 fantasy receiver on the Cowboys again. He saw a season-high nine targets in Week 3 while CeeDee Lamb conceded some snaps to Cedrick Wilson (injury related?). The Browns are a team that plays sides, so we know the matchups each receiver will have most of the time. Gallup plays most of his snaps at LWR which means he'll see a lot of Terrance Mitchell. He's not a household name, but he's been very good in a Browns uniform, allowing just a 75.0 QB Rating in his coverage since the start of 2018. He's been a bright spot in 2020, allowing just 7-of-19 passing for 94 yards, though one of those completions was for a touchdown. If there's an area Gallup can get him, it's over the top, as Mitchell's 40-time on record is 4.63 seconds, which is among the slowest cornerbacks in the league. With that being said, the Browns have allowed just one 40-plus yard passing play on the season. Gallup is back in fantasy managers good graces, though he remains a semi-risky WR3 until we see him get targets on a consistent basis.
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CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 24. CeeDee Lamb (vs . CLE)
Did Lamb suffer an injury in Week 3 that we didn't see much about? He took a hit near his knee that looked like it could be painful and played 49 snaps while Gallup played 70 and Cooper played 65. It could be nothing but why does Cedrick Wilson go from someone who played nine snaps in the first two weeks combined, to 24 snaps with a lot of opportunity in Week 3? Pay attention to the practice reports throughout the week. The Browns have used a combination of M.J. Stewart and Tavierre Thomas to cover the slot this year, and they've combined to allow 15-of-19 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown, so the matchup is a good one. If the Browns are without Denzel Ward, the matchup is also top-notch for someone like Cooper, who has been getting a lot of targets. Lamb has still seen at least six targets in every game, so his floor is in the stable WR3/4 range, though the decrease in snaps has me concerned. If he practices in full this week, I'd move him into the WR3 conversation.
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Cedrick Wilson Note
Cedrick Wilson photo 86. Cedrick Wilson (vs . CLE)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 134. Noah Brown (vs . CLE)