Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don parse through the crowded options Dallas has in the passing game.
MATT HARMON: Cowboys-- Dak Prescott is on pace for like-- to break the passing yardage record by over 1,200 yards. He's putting up like 400, 500 yards passing per game. You would think that that sort of rising tide would elevate all boats. And it's been sort of a week-by-week situation. I mean, Gallup comes off a monster game against the Seahawks and barely does anything, despite Dak tearing it up against the Browns last week from a passing yardage perspective.
But right now, just through four weeks, percentage of team targets-- Amari Cooper clearly leads the group at 25.8. CeeDee Lamb is down there at 14%. Gallup is at 12%. Now, when you look at the percentage of air yards, Amari Cooper still leads the group, but it's closer-- 30% to 26% for Michael Gallup. And you know, CeeDee Lamb has sort of been that short area slot receiver at least to start the year.
And then, when you look at routes run per game, Gallup leads the group just a bit ahead over Amari Cooper-- 44.3, 44 for Cooper, and then 38.5 for CeeDee Lamb. By the way, Dalton Schultz-- another Dalton, not the best Dalton that we know in the fantasy business, but the second best Dalton that we know-- he's up there at 30 routes per game, too. He actually has more targets than Michael Gallup on the year.
If you drafted Blake Jarwin, like, your process on that was right, because now we've essentially just-- like, I mean, it doesn't-- that's not much more than a back pat, but your process on drafting Blake Jarwin was right. It's just you've got the wrong player now.
DALTON DEL DON: Dak Prescott is on pace to throw more than 800 passes, I believe, this year. The NFL record-- I think only-- Stafford's the only person to ever throw more than 700. So it's really interesting. On one hand, Gallup has the 11th most air yards this year, so do not drop someone in that offense with 11th most air yards this season.
However, if you look at his target-- team target share is 12%. Everyone else on that leaderboard on the air yards is above 20. So it's really, really weird.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, very strange.
DALTON DEL DON: So if they throw 800 times this year, I don't think it would matter the team target percentage. That actually won't matter for CeeDee Lamb and these guys. But the thinking is, he probably won't throw 800 times this year, so that team target percentage is going to matter.
But Cooper could get hurt. Don't-- don't drop Gallup. This will get-- he'll get his, and CeeDee Lamb obviously would have been-- looked better if Cedrick Wilson had replaced him for a couple of quarters, too.
So it's a really weird situation, for sure. I think that the efficiency will probably rise and the volume will lower is what'd I say. But don't go dropping Gallup. I think he'll be-- he'll be better.