On the latest episode of the Sportzshala Fantasy Football Forecast podcast, Matt Harmon and Scott Pjanowski discuss the Dallas Cowboys receiver’s game and why he has cemented himself as the top fantasy pick. Listen to the full talk on Sportzshala Fantasy Football Forecast. Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
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Matt Harmon: Cowboys 25, Commanders 10. It was close at certain points, but Dallas really put it off. My main takeaway from this game is that I’m done with any arguments like “Yes, CeeDee Lamb is good, but how good is CeeDee Lamb” or something like that. And it’s definitely not a straw man – I know people will accuse me of this. For example, spend some time on Dynasty Twitter and people will tell you that CeeDee Lamb was actually a huge disappointment or something because he shared a fucking pass with Amari Cooper last year.
I don’t think Amari Cooper is an elite player or anything like that. I don’t even think Amari Cooper is the number one receiver. But he’s still the guy they traded the first round pick for and paid a lot of money for. He’s going to get 100 goals at least every year. But now the circumstances have changed drastically.
And so far, four weeks later, the target share is 26% in the first week, 34%, 41%, 32% for CeeDee Lamb. The hallmark of a great receiver is the ability to manage goals, and CeeDee Lamb has goals. In this stretch with Cooper Rush as quarterback, he has passed 259 yards on 21 catches in the last three weeks. And he did it all, man. I mean, he had one big loss against the Giants, but that’s pretty much what the number one receivers do. It doesn’t matter who is behind the center, they command the targets and produce.
CeeDee Lamb, I think after the first week I definitely went crazy because this year I was very aggressive with CeeDee Lamb. But the last three weeks have been about as good as it gets for CeeDee Lamb.
SCOTT PIANOVSKY: Well said. I was too sweet when he made that fall against the giants on Monday night. I thought, “Oh my God, I don’t want to go back and look at all the players that I could have taken instead of CeeDee Lamb. And all he has done since then is dominate. Otherwise, he was great in that game. I think he was very good today in a game where not many players showed imagination and the defense was in control. Lots of Tony Pollard questions this week. I mean, he doesn’t even get to 10 yards. Zeke was a tractor with a trailer. And the problem is that the Cowboys’ defense was so good that when they took control of the game, the scope of the attack was: “Okay, let’s just calm down.” Don’t flip the ball.
You just said that about Cooper Rush – a moment is never too big for this guy. And he is very collected. I think they’ll bring Dak back sometime this month. Looks like he’s on an accelerated schedule right now. Of course, Russell Wilson recovered from a similar injury last year and had several weeks of growing pains. You might argue that he never got his license after he returned last year. All players are different, all injuries are different. But obviously, if you have or have Lamb, I have to say that you want Duck back. But at least Cooper didn’t let the offense down, and certainly didn’t let C.D. Lamb down.
You talk about weeks of testing, many have asked about Dalton Schultz. And I didn’t want to play with him this week, but I didn’t think he would be as unimportant as he is. Now the moment has come when you cannot, in good conscience, take him into your squad until he shows something. And interesting also, Michael Gallup, I probably wanted to get a week from him to check. He scores, but only gets a couple of looks.
Noah Brown is pretty good, man. I think they found a reliable third receiver. I thought he’d play both quarterbacks and I think he’ll catch about 70 balls. I don’t know if he’ll be that much fantasy value because he’ll probably end the year as a 42 wide receiver or something, but Noah Brown should be on the list. And in the goodbye season, even with Gallup’s return, I still think he’s playable.