by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There was a lot of hype surrounding the Cowboys’ Michael Gallup entering the season, but through the first six weeks the production/opportunity just hadn’t been there. Things appear to be changing, though, as you look at the snap count from yesterday’s game (courtesy of USA Today):
- Michael Gallup – 56
- Allen Hurns – 54
- Cole Beasley – 53
- Deonte Thompson – 15
Gallup still finished fourth in targets with 5, behind Beasley (8), Hurns (6) and Ezekiel Elliot (6). However he had the best production, turning his opportunities into 3 catches, 81 yards and a TD. It’s a highly promising development, as you would think the more he’s on the field the more and more the opportunities will be there.
Is he ever going to be “the man” for the Cowboys though? It’s possible, but that development isn’t likely coming any time soon. Instead he’s going to continue to share opportunities with Hurns and Beasley, with any of the three potentially being the biggest performer in a generally uninspiring passing attack (Dallas is averaging the fourth fewest passing yards per game, at 183.1). Maybe the emergence of Gallup can help Dak Prescott start to produce (he had a season best 273 yards in Week 7), but it’s hard to depend on.
Long-term Gallup continues to be a strong upside play, and in dynasty formats he’s a must stash option. That said, until the production starts to become consistent he remains more of a WR4/5 option for fantasy owners due to the boom/bust type production. Stash him if you have the room, but that’s all he remains to be.
Sources – USA Today, NFL.com, ESPN