Yahoo Sports' Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don explain why having the Dallas WR in the slot is a good thing for fantasy managers.
MATT HARMON: All right, next team up here, Dallas Cowboys. CeeDee Lamb has lined up in the slot on 60% of his routes since Dak Prescott and Michael Gallup returned in Week 7. 17 of Lamb's 28 targets have come from when he's lined up in the slot. In this span and he's averaging 3.75 yards per route run. I think you sent this one in from Graham Barfield, if I remember correctly.
DALTON DEL DON: Yeah, and I selfishly wanted to ask you this. I know back in the days slot used to be a bad thing, then it became a really good thing. And now you're like, well, you want the best receiver on the outside.
So you tell me, is this good for fantasy value moving CeeDee Lamb in the slot? Maybe it's a case by case basis is what you're probably going to say. But for CeeDee Lamb here, what are your thoughts?
MATT HARMON: I mean, well, I actually think it's a good thing. I think like the more you line him up. Like, the more you line up your number one receiver in the slot like the better in situational standpoints. If you have a guy that can beat press, can beat man, you can line them up outside and it's fine.
You actually probably want them outside threatening vertically in that way. It's kind of why I balked at the idea that, oh, Justin Jefferson is going to line up in the slot. He's going to play the Cooper Kupp role.
It's like, well, Cooper Kupp has to play that role because of his skill set. Justin Jefferson does not have to play that role. He is a superstar receiver who can beat man coverage, press coverage on the outside. That's totally--
DALTON DEL DON: So it's almost a knock on Lamb?
MATT HARMON: No, no, no. I don't think it necessarily has to be a knock on Lamb. Because I think, by the way, CeeDee Lamb could beat press man coverage on the outside. I think it's advantageous to stick a number one receiver in the slot like that. I think it makes easy throws for the quarterback.
The one criticism I think you could give CeeDee Lamb is that he's not super physical as a player. So maybe what I do think he's a good route runner. I think he is great about knowing when to break in certain areas, especially against zone coverage, stuff like that. So putting him inside makes a lot of sense.
I also just think it creates better and more easy throws for the quarterback, and really, just like, I mean, I think they could probably be a little less static with their receiver usage. I think they could move Michael Gallup around. But I don't think Gallup look that good since he's gotten back.
Of course not, he's so fresh off a torn ACL. But anyways, yeah, I'm not saying, I don't think it has to be a negative for CeeDee Lamb and I think it actually can be good to move. Like I have said for years that you should take your number one receiver and get him targets out of the slot because they're so much easier than targets on the outside.
DALTON DEL DON: Yeah, well, 3 touchdowns, 22 targets over the last 2 weeks certainly good news for fantasy managers, that usage for CeeDee. So curious if they continue to use him that way, curious when Zeke returns. But yeah, hard to argue with those results. And then my guy Dalton Schultz suddenly is like, I mean, especially with Goedert going down, he's probably, what?
I mean, if Andrews returns and Kelce, obviously, Schultz might be the number three tight end moving forward, given the targets and Prescott back. And he looks like he's over that knee injury. Am I off base on that?
MATT HARMON: No, I think you're right about that. And yeah, the more we can get CeeDee Lamb in this position, I think the more he can have these eruption games that I think he's been capable of all along, the circumstances just haven't really lined up for it. But, yeah, no I--
DALTON DEL DON: You know the biggest argument to Schultz, sorry to cut you off, is in this very match-up. It's Hockenson if he's going to get targeted like that with Cousins, he would be the other argument.
MATT HARMON: Which one would you rather have then?
DALTON DEL DON: Probably Hock, a little younger, and not with that PCL knee injury earlier. But yeah, OK, I take it back. But right there, those are the next two right after Andrews and Kelce. It's Hock and Schultz moving forward.