Sunday night's 12-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints was just another indicator that Michael Gallup's return from injury seemingly can't come soon enough for the Dallas Cowboys.
With Amari Cooper blanketed by Marshon Lattimore all night, Dak Prescott was generally forced to look elsewhere. And it's safe to say, the results weren't pretty.
New Orleans held Dallas to just 10 points, and no Cowboys' WR went for more than 50 yards in Week 4.
Gallup injured his knee in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, and he was given a two-to-four week expected timetable for his return.
Having already missed two games, Gallup's return should be coming soon, though a recent report indicated that he's still dealing with some swelling, and will likely miss Week 5.
Gallup could return in Week 6, when the Cowboys play the New York Jets, but they could also opt to hold him out until Week 7's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The worst-case scenario for Gallup's fantasy owners is Dallas keeps him sidelined until Week 9 against the New York Giants, as the Cowboys have a bye in Week 8.
Whenever Gallup does get back on the field, he's going to likely establish himself as both a valuable fantasy asset and an integral part of Dallas' passing attack. Gallup accounted for 226 yards while catching 13-of-15 targets in his first two games.
While it's unlikely he'll sustain that level of production, being the No. 2 WR in an offense that's currently averaging 279.8 passing yards per game (No. 6 in the NFL) is always valuable for fantasy.
If you can afford to stash Gallup on your bench until he returns (likely in Week 6 or 7), he should pay dividends down the road.
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