With Amari Cooper shipped off to Cleveland, Gallup gets an opportunity to be Dak Prescott's No. 2 receiver once he's fully recovered from the torn ACL that ended his 2021 campaign. Gallup's injury happened in Week 17, so it's unfair to expect him to be full speed to start the season, but it may not be long after that. Assuming he doesn't start the year on PUP, Gallup should be drafted in the Round 10 range.
Like CeeDee Lamb, Gallup has a decent shot at setting a new career high in target share. The departures of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson are primary factors there. Gallup has operated on high-value targets through his 4 seasons, working further downfield than other Cowboys wideouts and increasing his end-zone presence the past 2 years. And Dallas clearly committed to him in free agency. But Gallup needs to show that he’s back from the left ACL tear that knocked him out in Week 17. That’s a short window for the start of the season, and Gallup’s reliance on explosive plays seems to heighten the challenge in that area. We’ll be watching him closely through summer. For now, the 5th-year wideout is not someone we’re targeting in drafts.
Dallas handed Gallup a five-year extension and $23 million guaranteed during the offseason, only months after the perimeter receiver tore his ACL. The commitment to Gallup and the trade of Amari Cooper locks the former into a big role once healthy, but it's fair to expect missed time and/or a slow start considering the injury happened in Week 17. Once back on the field, Gallup will be positioned for a generous target share behind CeeDee Lamb in a productive, high-volume offense. At the same time, Gallup has yet to deliver a top-20 fantasy campaign in four tries and his only top-35 season was back in 2019. Gallup's recovery will need to be evaluated throughout the summer, but we can consider him a good flex/bench option in drafts.
Although the headlines read that Michael Gallup signed a 5-year, $63-million deal to stay in Dallas, the truth is more like a 2-year, $24 million contract. That's still a significant payday for a receiver who was the team's No. 3 option last year and is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 17. Despite the injury, the front office's willingness to commit big money to Gallup while trading Amari Cooper to the Browns speaks to how well regarded he is within the building. With an in-season return looking foregone, fantasy managers will need to be patient. But upon his return he should step into a high-leverage role on one of the league's best passing attacks.