CeeDee Lamb's draft-day slide came to an end at No. 17, when the Dallas Cowboys took him as the third wide receiver off the board.
Let's take a look at what that means for Lamb's fantasy football outlook in his 2020 rookie season.
CeeDee Lamb Fantasy Football Value 2020
Lamb is an incredibly interesting prospect, in part because of his age. He won't even turn 22 years old until after he has a full season under his belt, and producing at an unusually young age would be nothing new for him.
Lamb was just 18 years old when he stepped up and converted 46 receptions into 807 yards and 7 touchdowns, serving as the No. 3 option in an offense that also included Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. At 19 years old he upped those numbers to 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns. Then at 20 he was really unleashed, catching 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Interestingly, he put up that production without relying on elite athleticism. He ran a middling 4.5-second 40-yard dash and measured up at 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds at the combine.
Rookie receivers are often underwhelming in fantasy football though, with only five first-round picks eclipsing 1,000 yards in their rookie season over the last 10 years. Lamb is not likely to be an exception in Dallas.
Yes, an offense with Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliott and now Lamb is absolutely loaded. They could be one of the best units in the NFL. But all of that talent means that Lamb is not likely to see a ton of volume as a rookie. There are only so many touches to go around, and Lamb will likely be number four in the pecking order.
Lamb has huge upside as a prospect, but he may simply not get enough opportunities to make a big impact in the fantasy football world in 2020. His value will depend on where he starts going off the board in fantasy drafts, but don't expect much of a return if you're taking him in the early or middle rounds.
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