2023 Fantasy Football Dallas Cowboys Preview

by Mike Bonni

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Dallas Cowboys Preview.

The Cowboys have made some changes coming into the new year. Kellen Moore (O.C.) is gone (Chargers), and Brian Schottenheimer is now running the show. Can he take this offense to another level? With the addition of Brandin Cooks, we could see this happen.

There could be some hiccups. The Cowboys let Dalton Schultz walk, plus they sent Zeke packing (cut). With no clear replacements at TE or backup RB, this could be their weakness.

With that being said, this team (still) has some fantasy goldmines to draft. Continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Dallas Cowboys Preview to see who you should be targeting.

2023 Fantasy Football Dallas Cowboys Preview

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Quarterbacks

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Let's be honest here, Dak had himself a rough year with the turnovers (15 ints in 12 games). Will this carry into the 2023 season?

The quick answer to this is no. That was a career-high in interceptions for him, as he usually averages nine (roughly). There were some bright spots in his 2022 season. Dak was first in the NFL in RZ completion % (70.2%) and averaged just under two touchdowns per game.

With that out of the way, let's get into what we can expect from Dak in 2023. It's safe to say he will be a QB1 (top-12). In seasons where he is healthy, Dak finished as a QB1 in four of five seasons. Currently, Dak Prescott is being drafted as QB10. It looks like the community knows what's going on.

He is a solid QB to target if you decide to not target the top dawgs. Don't let the interceptions from 2022 scare you off, that was an anomaly.

Running Backs

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For the first time in seven years, there is no Zeke. You can say this started in 2022, but the #1 RB is Tony Pollard's job.

In 2022, Pollard ran for 1007 yards (a career-high) with nine touchdowns. He also garnered a career-high in targets (55), yards (371), Fantasy Points (248), and fantasy finish (RB8). This was all done with a 48.1% opportunity share (34th) according to player profiler.com.

The expectations are high (RB7), but it makes sense. There is no RB competition (Rojo LOL), so his workload should increase (significantly). He is a solid weapon in the passing game (16th in target share; 10.9%) and productive (9.5 YPR; 2nd).

Should he be going over Josh Jacobs? Probably not, but I wouldn't fault you for doing so.

As for the other RBs, Deuce Vaughn should be left on the waiver wire. Ronald Jones could be drafted as a late-round pick, I suppose.

Wide Receivers

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Before I get into the diamond of the WR group, let's get the pebbles out of the way.

We aren't drafting Fehoko, Tolbert, or Turpin (obviously) but what about Gallup?

He is nothing more than a late-round flier (with an upside). He lost his WR2 job to Brandin Cooks, but Gallup has been in this situation before. In 2020, Gallup was the WR3 (behind Cooper and Lamb). He garnered 105 targets and finished as WR38. I expect similar results from him in 2023, he just needs to stay healthy.

Brandin Cooks provides solid WR3 value. He has put up six WR2 or better finishes throughout his career. Expect to see 100+ targets for Brandin Cooks in 2023, so take the chance on him.

Now, for the moment we have been waiting for, CeeDee Lamb.

He is the prized possession in this offense. In 2022, Lamb (WR5) saw a career-high in targets (156). He also saw a career-high in catches (107), yards (1359), and touchdowns (nine). Lamb saw 10+ targets in eight games and finished as a WR1 seven times. I'll give you guys another little tidbit here.

After the Cowboys' bye week (Week 9), CeeDee was WR2 (20.5 pts/game). That was only 1.1 points lower than Justin Jefferson.

I expect similar numbers for CeeDee Lamb in 2023. With Cooks around, Lamb should see more one on one matchups. If that's the case, watch out. He was 6th in win rate vs man coverage (44.9%), according to player profiler.com.

We are almost done with the 2023 Fantasy Football Dallas Cowboys Preview, stay tuned for the TE section.

Tight Ends

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Can any of these guys fill the void of Dalton Schultz?

Dalton Schultz is leaving behind 89-100 targets (2022 and 2021), so I expect most of these targets to go to any of the guys in this trio. Also, expect more targets for Lamb and Cooks.

But to answer that question. There is no chance in hell (sorry). As of right now, we have no idea who is going to take the reins of this group. With that being said, we don't want to be drafting them. In deep leagues, you can take a shot at anyone of them.

Final Thoughts

CeeDee Lamb, Dak Prescott, and Tony Pollard are the main guys you want in this offense. Brandin Cooks provides solid value, but that's where the fun stops.

Rojo is interesting, at best. Michael Gallup can be drafted as a late-round draft target (upside) and could see an increase in targets if something catastrophic happens. Please stay away from the TE group, until further notice.

That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Dallas Cowboys Preview.


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