Second-year breakouts are a real thing. It happens more often than we think. Just last season, we saw big years from several second-year players, including A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, David Montgomery, and many more such as Kyler Murray and T.J. Hockenson. This year, you can expect a second-year breakout from the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.
CeeDee Lamb 2021 Fantasy Football Profile
CeeDee Lamb was regarded as one of the best receiver prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft and had a solid rookie year. Even though his quarterback, Dak Prescott, was injured for the majority of the season, Lamb finished with 935 yards and five touchdowns. He finished as a top 25 receiver in PPR fantasy football leagues. He played every game and for the majority of the season, played as the team’s primary receiver in the slot. His “YAC” (yards after catch) ability highlights his skillset. For fantasy football purposes, this is ideal.
Lamb has also shown flashes of absolutely incredible talent. Making many highlight plays and catches, we could clearly see that there is something special about Lamb. Although he has not yet shown his potential as an elite receiver, do not be surprised if he shows it soon. Lamb is the Cowboys’ number 3 receiver on the depth chart but has the capability of being a number 1 without a doubt. Being that he plays in a slot receiver role, his position on the depth chart should not concern fantasy managers whatsoever. In addition, the Cowboys have a very pass-heavy offensive system.
CeeDee Lamb Fantasy Football Projection
After seeing what Lamb could do last year even without a viable quarterback, we can safely expect big things from Lamb in 2021. If Dak Prescott can stay healthy, and the Cowboys continue to utilize Lamb consistently in his role as a slot receiver, we can safely project Lamb with over 1,000 yards receiving, and around 10 receiving touchdowns.
With Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as his fellow Cowboys receivers, many would expect them to take away from Lamb’s fantasy production. However, this is not the case. As mentioned previously, Lamb played primarily from the slot during his rookie campaign. Having Cooper and Gallup on the outside to draw coverage from him, as well as Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield also drawing attention from linebackers, Lamb will have many opportunities. A player of Lamb’s caliber is bound to make the most of these types of opportunities. A 5-yard out route can become a 70-yard reception due to Lamb’s incredible ability to create more yardage after the catch.
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At the end of the day, Lamb is absolutely worth a pick in the fourth or fifth round. It is within his range of outcomes to finish as a top 10-top 15 WR, meaning he can be a viable number 1 receiver on a fantasy football team. Feel comfortable selecting CeeDee Lamb over receivers such as Kenny Golladay and DJ Chark, among others. He will be an excellent asset to have on your fantasy football team in 2021, and you more than likely will not regret picking him.
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