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Fantasy Impact: Allen Hurns Signs with Cowboys

Allen Hurns Signs with Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the least active teams in NFL free agency in 2018. Due to server salary cap issues, the team has had to be a spectator on the sidelines while big-name players have signed to other teams. However, on Friday the Cowboys did add a player that should add value to the team’s passing game. The Dallas Cowboys signed WR Allen Hurns, formerly of the Jaguars, to a two-year, $12 million contract.

Hurns was released from Jacksonville after struggling to stay healthy and unable to live up to his 2015 hype in which he scored 10 touchdowns. He became expendable after rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged into larger roles for the Jaguars in 2017. The Jags also seem to really like Marqise Lee, a player that convinced them to move on from Allen Robinson.

Allen Hurns Career Stats
Year Team G Rec Yds Y/G Avg 100+ TD
2014
16 51 677 42.3 13.3 2 6
2015
15 64 1031 68.7 16.1 5 10
2016
11 35 477 43.4 13.6 0 3
2017
10 39 484 48.4 12.4 1 2
Total 52 189 2669 50.7 13.9 8 21

Cowboys Ugly Salary Cap Issues

The Cowboys are currently ranked dead last in available salary cap funds but were able to make the Hurns contract work. The team’s cap problem is really quite amazing considering they are paying their starting quarterback just $630,000, which is less than any other team in the NFL. Dak Prescott’s rookie contract expires at the end of 2019, so the Cowboys do have time before they need to lock him up long term. The cap trouble stems from dead money tied up with ex-players like Tony Romo.

Flash Forward: For the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys will spend a quarter of their salary cap on Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Orlando Scandrick (Redskins) and Tony Romo (CBS).

Fantasy Impact

With the exception of a few late round draft picks from last season, 26-year-old Allen Hurns becomes one of the youngest pass-catchers to join the Cowboys starting lineup. Dez Bryant (29), Cole Beasley (28), Jason Witten (35) and Terrance Williams (28) are all a veteran group. Adding a player like Hurns, despite his history of injuries, could be a nice pickup for the Cowboys passing game. Look for Hurns to challenge the WR2 spot immediately.

The Cowboys were tied for 18th in the NFL last season for touchdown passes with just 22, and ranked 26th in total passing yards.

Hurns will be a late round overlooked player in redraft leagues but could be in for a solid season if he can gel with his new quarterback Dak Prescott. With only ever playing with Blake Bortles, Hurns may benefit from a QB change.

Dynasty: Hurn’s landing spot does give him nice value bump in Dynasty leagues. In deep leagues with a lot of starting positions, Hurns may come in handy for bye week replacement spots throughout the year. He is a definite upgrade to Terrance Williams.

Bottom Line: With all the team’s salary cap problems becoming more and more clear, it was predicted that the Cowboys would cut Bryant before free agency. Peter King from SI.com said three weeks ago he’d be surprised if the team didn’t cut Bryant.

“I think I won’t understand it if the Cowboys keep Dez Bryant and pass up saving $8.5 million in cap space on a declining 30-year-old receiver,” wrote Peter King on MMQB.com. “It’s smarter, for many reasons, to cut him.”

This seems very much like this is Dez Bryant’s final season. If that’s the case, Hurns could be in a good position in keeper leagues in terms of volume when the team does decide to part ways with him. I also expect Dallas to be targeting a wide receiver in the first round or second round.

Thanks for reading

Mike Rigz

Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has two kids and lives on the West Coast. He's happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.

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