I’ve talked quite a bit about roster construction in the past. I’ve frequently mentioned how it’s often just as important, and sometimes more important, who you don’t draft with each draft selection as it is who you select. The opportunity cost of each pick is something you should always be monitoring throughout the draft process.
Savvy drafters know that different areas of the draft offer various pockets of player value that can’t be found elsewhere. Do you want an elite running back? You better select one in the first round. Do you want an elite tight end? You’ll probably have to make a move before the end of the third round.
In this piece, I’ll be highlighting three pairs of wide receiver teammates where the WR2s offers more value than their WR1 teammate. Based on where each player is being drafted, I think there are superior ways to construct your roster than just taking the higher-ranked player.
Amari Cooper (WR10) vs. Michael Gallup (WR29)
One of the more exciting offenses for fantasy purposes heading into this season is the Dallas Cowboys. Led by quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys have potentially one of the best wide receiver trios in the league with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie CeeDee Lamb. Each of these players has either broken the 1,000-yard receiving mark or has the potential to do so in an offense that had almost 5,000 passing yards.
Over the past two seasons, Prescott has shown a strong rapport with Cooper. Unsurprising due to Cooper’s sheer talent, a closer look at the numbers from this most recent season shed a different light on the wide receiver room. As noted above, the ADP disparity between Cooper and Gallup does not reflect the closeness of their stats from 2019.