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Cowboys’ HC Mike McCarthy said WR Amari Cooper, who’s currently on the PUP list with an ankle injury, is in real good shape and looks great. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cooper isn’t expect to practice until after the team's second preseason game against the Cardinals. After having ankle surgery in January, he was placed on the PUP list to begin training camp. This is the first positive news since the ankle flared up in May. When healthy, Cooper has WR1 upside. This is something we will continue to monitor. Stay tuned.

Category: Injury Updates

Talking to reporters Saturday, Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said WR Michael Gallup made a “huge step” this offseason, and that “Michael is playing all three receiver positions.” McCarthy added playing all three receiver positions gives Gallup "more opportunities" in the passing game. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Because of the difference in target distance for the three receiver roles - X, Z, and slot - in an offense, the variety in Gallup's alignment, route tree gives the WR more opportunities at short and medium depth targets, according to Michael Gehlken. Entering a contract year, Gallup's less than two years removed from a 66-catch, 1,107-yard season. Last season, the WR was essentially a deep threat. Gallup totaled an 11.8 average target distance, 17 deep targets, and a 27.4% air yards share.

Category: Rumors

Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy tells 105.3 The Fan that QB Dak Prescott's shoulder injury is minor and he will "do all the run game stuff, all the footwork stuff. But we’ve gotta shut him down from throwing for a couple days,” Per Jon Machota of The Athletic. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: An MRI on Wednesday revealed a muscle strain in Prescott's right shoulder which caused him to leave practice. It's good news to hear that he is still participating in camp. Prescott produced high-end QB1 numbers last season in his five starts and is expected to do the same this year on a loaded Cowboys offense.

Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb has been seen moving around the offensive formation more during training camp, suggesting an expanded role within the offense, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. (Source: Jon Machota of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Lamb finished his rookie season as the WR24 in half-PPR formats, turning 111 targets into 74 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns. With a healthy Dak Prescott reportedly favoring Lamb as his favorite target early on in training camp, fantasy managers should take advantage of his current ADP average (37.7) at the beginning of the fourth round, as he is poised for a breakout WR1 campaign in his second season. When both Amari Cooper and Lamb were on the field in 2020, Lamb saw a higher targets per snap rate (14.9) than Cooper (13.9) while being held to only a 68.6 percent snap share, which was nearly 20 percent lower than Cooper's (87.2%) snap share. Dallas didn't do enough to address its defensive woes, particularly in the secondary, so expect Lamb to be catching a ton of passes for big chunk plays in 2021.

Category: Rumors

Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin is expected to practice Thursday for the first time since tearing his ACL during the 2020 season. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jarwin practicing today means he will avoid the PUP list, which is huge news for the Dallas offense. He was dubbed a breakout tight end candidate by many people in the fantasy industry last season. This year Jarwin is back and could end up being a top-10 fantasy option if everything comes together. He's a great late round flyer in fantasy drafts this season in the high volume Cowboys passing offense.

Category: Injury Updates

Star pass rusher for the Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence, is to be placed on the PUP list to start the season due to a back injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Lawrence is an anchor for the Cowboys' front seven. Hopefully he will be ready for Week 1 for Dallas.

Category: Injury Updates

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein (back) will begin training camp on PUP. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zuerlein is a veteran kicker, and this likely doesn't mean much more than giving him a break at the beginning of camp. The former All-Pro is a favorite of Cowboys special teams coordinator John "Bones" Fassel, who consistently fields one of the league's top units. Zuerlein executed a knuckleball onside kick to help the Cowboys miraculous comeback in Week 2 against the Falcons. He made 34 of his 41 kicks last season with a long of 59 yards.

Category: Injury Updates

Coaches and teammates alike have stated Ezekiel Elliott looks fresh, more explosive, and in the best shape of his life. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy managers always need to be cautious of these kind of off-season statements, but there's reason to believe it might be true with Elliott. After a down season where he struggled with inefficiency, largely because of the injuries to Dak Prescott and his offensive line, the two-time rushing leader might be more motivated to prove the naysayers wrong. The former Buckeye has also never had a strong running back behind him in the past, but Tony Pollard has shown he's capable and Elliott may be more focused on maintaining his role as the lead dog in Dallas. He was RB3 through the first five weeks of the 2020 season when Prescott was still under center and fantasy managers should not be surprised if that's where he finishes this season. The Dallas offense is explosive. The defense is still expected to be below-average, which means the offense will have to score points to keep up. Dak is healthy, as is the offensive line. All of this puts Elliott in a prime position to have a big-time rebound campaign in 2021. The three-time pro bowler is a great target for fantasy managers in the middle of the first round and he has the ability and opportunity to even exceed that lofty draft capital.

Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons officially signed his fully guaranteed four-year rookie contract on Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Parsons was drafted and is expected to be the replacement for MLB Leighton Vander Esch. Parsons will have the opportunity to play alongside WLB Jaylon Smith to fortify the middle of the Cowboys' defensive unit in 2021. The 6'3, 245-pound linebacker out of Penn State totaled over 100 tackles and five sacks during his sophomore season in 2019 and should be able to upgrade a defense that ranked tenth worst in yards allowed per game.

Category: Transactions

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Antwaun Woods has signed a one-year deal with the Colts per his agent Drew Rosenhaus. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Woods started seven games for the Cowboys last season. He totaled one sack and seven solo tackles. He will be a nice addition to the Colts defense if he can stay healthy.

Category: Transactions

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch will not have his fifth-year option picked up but the team is reportedly hoping for a contract extension prior to its expiration in 2022, per Todd Archer. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys drafted Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons with their first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, indicating they would like to upgrade the position alongside Pro-Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith. Vander Esch finished the 2020 season with 60 tackles but failed to provide elite coverage in passing scenarios, allowing an 86 CMP% and missing 16.7% of attempted tackles in 10 games. His injury history is definitely a factor in the Cowboys' decision but he will return to Dallas for his fourth year in 2021 and remains a hopeful candidate to receive a future contract extension. With the added pressure, it will be interesting to see how Vander Esch performs on a completely revamped Dallas defense.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Sean Lee retires

Mon, Apr 26th 12:45pm EDT
By Joshua Kellem

Sean Lee told ESPN he is retiring after 11 seasons, according to Todd Archer. (Source: Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lee, a two-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro selection in 2016, played in just nine games last season - totaling 11 tackles and one QB hit. A second-round pick, Lee appeared in 118 games (92 starts). He compiled 521 tackles, according to Pro Football Reference, 60 tackles for loss, and 15 QB hits as a linebacker. He totaled 14 interceptions, 30 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries, as well, with four sacks.

Category: Transactions

Aldon Smith is signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Mike Garafolo. Details of the deal were not announced. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith returned to professional football last season after a four-year odyssey away from the field. He totaled 31 tackles, five sacks, 14 QB hits, five tackles for loss, and two passes defended. Smith, though, notably tailed off in the second half of the season, not registering a sack after Week 8. He ranked No. 50 among edge defenders in Pro Football Focus' grading system.

Category: Transactions

The Vikings are signing former Cowboys safety Xavier Woods to a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The contract is worth up to $2.25 million. Woods should be a good fit in Minnesota's defense, which wasn't as sharp as usual in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Adam Jahns with The Athletic quoted Andy Dalton saying "They told me I was the starter." (Source: Adam Jahns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dalton just inked a one-year/$10M contract with the Bears. With Nick Foles still on the books for $8M, there was some early speculation that there could be a quarterback competition in Chicago heading into 2021. Dalton's assurance from the coaching staff that he will be the starter could be coachspeak and is something worth monitoring throughout the offseason. Dalton is 33 years old and Foles is 32. Both veterans have shown flashes throughout their careers but neither would be expected to have much fantasy relevance as the Bears' starter.

Category: Rumors

TE Blake Bell signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs on Thursday. (Source: Gabe Ikard on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Bell is mainly used as a blocking tight end and should have a similar role with the Chiefs. He hauled in 11 receptions for 110 yards across 16 games for the Cowboys in 2020. Bell will provide the Chiefs tight end depth, but isn’t on the fantasy radar in 2021.

Category: Transactions

The Bengals have signed former Dallas Cowboys corner Chidobe Awuzie to a three-year deal, according to NFL insider Mike Garafolo. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Awuzie will be a nice depth signing for the Cincinnati secondary. With the likely departure of William Jackson III, the Bengals likely made this move to brace for Jackson's absence.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cowboys and offensive lineman Tyron Smith have agreed to restructure the veteran lineman's contract. The move is part of an effort that will save the team roughly $17 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith along with two other Cowboys offensive linemen have agreed to restructure their contracts in an effort to help the Cowboys save roughly $17 million in cap space. Smith started and played in only two games last season before getting injured and being place on season-ending injured reserve.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cowboys and OL La'el Collins have agreed to a contract restructure that will help the Cowboys save $17 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Collins along with two other Cowboys offensive lineman agreed to a restructured contract that will help save the Cowboys roughly $17 million in cap space this season. The veteran started and played in 15 games last season for the Cowboys.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cowboys and OL Zack Martin have agreed to a contract restructure that will help the Cowboys save $17 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin along with two other Cowboys offensive lineman agreed to a restructured contract that will help save the Cowboys roughly $17 million in cap space this season. The veteran started and played in only 10 games last season for the Cowboys.

Category: Transactions