Dez Bryant
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By Ryan Olinyk, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 7:29pm EST

According to SB Nation, the Dallas Cowboys 'won't lose' Dez Bryant and are willing to use the franchise tag on their 2010 first round pick, even it means potentially losing star running back DeMarco Murray. (Source: SB Nation)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the Dallas Cowboys want to keep Dez Bryant for years to come, they just have to find the right way to do it. Bryant is on pace for 90/1269/13 this season. With Tony Romo and that offensive line in Dallas, keeping Dez Bryant seems like a no-brainer from a football standpoint. If Dez does in fact stay in the Big D, he will be a clear cut WR1 for the 2015 season.

By Ryan Olinyk, Cowboys Correspondent, Sat, Nov 15th 11:36am EST

Jerry Jones commented on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] on Friday: "We can count on each other to work it out," Jones said. "And that's the way it's been for the first five years that we've been together." (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: It is pure speculation at this point, but it seems that both parties want to get a deal done. Dez Bryant is a clear WR1 on the Dallas Cowboys, and would remain that way with the Cowboys locking him up with a long term deal. It definitely makes sense for both the team and Bryant's fantasy value.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Nov 11th 10:27am EST

Dez Bryant has had an up and down season this year and his appearance against the Jaguars was the highest high this year. (Source: Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Dez Bryant and the Cowboys are simply going to play a game of chicken until he becomes a free agent and this can go one of two ways for fantasy owners. Either Bryant could quit on the Cowboys and be an issue for the team or he could try to prove the team wrong and be a top fantasy asset; this season has shown that he his going more for the former than the latter. Bryant has been a double digit fantasy asset in seven of ten weeks and his 13 touchdown pace matches a career high. Bryant was a fantasy star in Week 10 and has been a 20+ point fantasy option in four weeks this season; Bryant is very locked in with Tony Romo this year and that point is huge for fantasy owners. Bryant averaged 1.6 targets per catch in his first four years and this season he is up to 1.5 targets per catch with Tony Romo at quarterback and is also averaging 9.6 targets per game as compared to 8.5 in the three previous years. These statistics show that Bryant is not only getting the ball thrown to his side of the field more often but is also catching the balls thrown to him. With Romo at quarterback, Bryant is a top-10 if not top-5 wide receiver option; buy high on this star receiver.

By Scott Ellinwood, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 11:06am EST

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had an outstanding game in Week 11 against the Jaguars. Bryant caught six of his eight targets for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a highlight reel reception in which he broke the tackles of several Jacksonville players to reach the end zone.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant remains a must-start despite having a two-week dip in production. The return of Tony Romo really helped Bryant break out of his slump.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Nov 7th 1:55pm EST

Dez Bryant has seen his worst two game stretch since 2011 and the Cowboys have struggled in back to back losses. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: There is a direct correlation between Bryant's weak two game stretch and Tony Romo's injury woes and, with Romo getting healthier, Bryant needs to have a big week against the Jaguars. The 45 yards that Bryant has caught for over the past two weeks is the least since he caught for 22 yards in three games in 2010 and his five catches are his least since four catches in two games of 2011. The results are poor for Bryant, but he still is getting targeted ten or more times per game and has touchdowns in each of the past two games. He has six touchdowns on the season and is finding ways to get to the ball. If Tony Romo plays this week, look for Bryant to eclipse 100 yards receiving and be the true WR1 that you drafted. The rest of the schedule is also favorable for Bryant and the Cowboys so expect for Bryant to be a top 10, or borderline top 5, WR option.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 1:49pm EST

Dez Bryant has not had good games recently, but still feels like the offense is okay. (Source: Dallas-Forth Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has gotten targeted at a decent rate this year but has seen his catches go down. He has caught six touchdowns thus far this year but needs Tony Romo back to get back on WR1 levels. With Brandon Weeden at the helm on Sunday, Bryant only caught 20% of passes targeted to him and was shut out on catches until after the Two Minute warning in the 4th. Bryant's yards per catch is down as he has worked on his route running and Bryant has only had two 100 yard receiving performances this year. Bryant is on pace for 89 catches for 1129 yards, good numbers but far off of the pace set by the top receivers this year. Bryant has an opportunity to improve on those numbers as Tony Romo returns and a solid game against the weak Jaguars pass defense can help that.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 9:16am EST

Dez Bryant had a busy day, changing his agency and having a team-leading ten targets, but the results were minimal. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant was looked to frequently by Brandon Weeden but between Patrick Peterson's defense and Weeden's inaccurate passes, he only finished with two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown. This is now back to back weeks where Bryant was shut down, even though he scored a touchdown in both games. Tony Romo will at least be on the plane to London to join the team and he will try to play against the Jaguars on Sunday; this would be great news for Bryant. Coming into the Redskins game last Monday, Bryant and Romo had finally their stride for the 2014 season with three straight games with ten or more targets after averaging eight targets per game over the first four weeks. Bryant's six touchdowns and nearly ten targets per game makes him worthy of a WR1 but Romo's health is an issue, as Bryant's numbers will improve with Romo at QB.

By Ryan Olinyk, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 8:17am EST

Dez Bryant ends his day with two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It looked like Dez Bryant was really missing Tony Romo under center, catching just two passes on 10 targets from Brandon Weeden. Dez is on pace for 89/1128/11 and may be a good buy-low candidate, as Bryant only has five catches for 45 yards in his last two games. Tony Romo is traveling to London and is expected back in Week 10.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Oct 28th 10:25am EDT

Dez Bryant had an amazing effort that led to a touchdown in the second quarter but he was very quiet other than that catch. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Dez Bryant's touchdown to give the Cowboys a 7-3 lead in the second quarter was very impressive but the eight yard catch was the lone bright spot in a limp three catch, thirty yard performance. Bryant has had a very odd 2014 season thus far, pairing weeks where he is a WR1 with very weak performances. The touchdown, his fifth of the season, was his first in three weeks and he was targeted seven times but he was seriously outplayed by rookie Bashaud Breeland. This season may look like a down year for Bryant, but he is catching a high percentage of passes targeted at him, 63% this year as compared to 60% for his career, and he is trying to branch out from his common route tree to find a way to be a part of the offense. As stated before, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been working very hard to keep the ball in the playermaker's hands, but there may be more trouble ahead. The Cardinals will most likely put All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson on him this week which may cause more issues for Bryant, who did struggle against the very strong Seahawks secondary in Week 6. Although Week 9 may be a troublesome week for Bryant, matchups against Jacksonville and New York, who he already has a 151 yard receiving game against, give a better outlook for the main receiving threat for the Cowboys. Look to Bryant as more of a low-WR1 this week, especially if Tony Romo is not healthy, but still look to start him.

By Scott Ellinwood, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 9:49am EDT

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had a great game in Week 7, catching nine of his 12 targets for 128 yards and a score in Dallas' 31-21 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has been a top tier WR1 all season and has a great matchup against the struggling Redskins pass defense in Week 8. Bryant is red-hot and a must start in all leagues.

By Nick Vertucci, Cowboys Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 6:55am EDT

Dez Bryant who is listed on the Week 7 injury report with a shoulder issue did practice in full on Thursday but listed as probable for the Cowboys Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.

Fantasy Impact: Although the shoulder is a concern, Bryant is a full go and still a must start for any lineup. While scoring double digit fantasy points in 4 of his last 6 games, (those two low-end scoring games were against the 49ers and Seahawks) Bryant should be a top 5 start for the rest of the fantasy regular season considering the weak passing defensive teams on the Cowboys upcoming schedule.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 10:59am EDT

Although he had a weak outing in Week 6, Dez Bryant is a part of a revitalized Cowboys offense. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Offensive playcaller Scott Linehan knows what he has and uses it well; Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray have had 13 more plays per game called for them this year as compared to last season. Many people look at that and say that Murray is a big part of that boost, but Dez Bryant is still on a 9.5 target per game pace even with Murray's record workload. Keep in mind that Linehan was the offensive coordinator for the Lions when Calvin Johnson averaged 10.73 targets per game from 2010-2013 so Linehan knows how to use his best outside receiver. Bryant will improve on his pace moreso this season as the Cowboys may try to move away from Murray and lessen his workload. He will still finish as a top-10 receiver this year; not the top-5 receiver that you may have drafted but still very solid.

By Scott Ellinwood, Cowboys Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 10:02pm EDT

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant only caught four of his 10 targets for 63 yards in the team's 30-23 win over Seattle in Week 6. This was a tough matchup for Dez, facing arguably the top pass defense in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant will look to get back on track as the Cowboys host the New York Giants in Week 7. Despite the occasional hiccup, Bryant remains a weekly must-start.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 10:53am EDT

Dez Bryant's 37 yard catch in overtime is critical in the Cowboys 20-17 win. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Dez Bryant is still a top-10 wide receiver in football and games like yesterday and outstanding catches like the one he made in overtime show why. Bryant had 9 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown yesterday as he extended a streak of touchdown catches in the second half to four games. Bryant has developed his game greatly during the young season, working on his route running and generally being a better teammate by helping in the running game, but he is still a big play option and is on pace to maintain quality offensive production. Even with DeMarco Murray on a historical yardage pace on the ground, Bryant is still projected to have 100 catches for over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns. He may not be making as many explosive plays, his yards per catch is down from 14 to 11.8 this season, but he has 6.4 receptions per game, up from 5 per game for his career average. Fantasy owners should not worry about Bryant's production in the face of Murray's record pace; he will still be a top WR option.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 1:31pm EDT

Dez Bryant is not discouraged by the changes in the Cowboys offense or in team's coverage of him; he continues to adapt and keep his value. (Source: Dallas Cowboys)

Fantasy Impact: Dez Bryant has seen his fantasy stock go down a bit, but his willingness to add new skills to his already strong repetoire is a good omen for the future. Bryant has been an outside receiver through his time at Oklahoma State and in the NFL with the Cowboys, but, over the past two weeks, scouts have seen that he is more willing to move inside to make plays. Bryant has seen his yards per catch drop but little things like this are very good for the long run. As evident by his 68 yard reception against the Rams in Week 3 and his maintained explosiveness on shorter routes, Bryant can still make the big plays and adding more of a focus on possession and routes on the inside will only make him a stronger fantasy option in the long run. With DeMarco Murray getting historically high production, Bryant is finding new ways to earn the attention of Tony Romo. Fantasy owners may not look for 30+ yard catches from Bryant, but the added focus on new routes will assure that Bryant is still a focal part of the Cowboys offense.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 11:41am EDT

Pro Bowl player Dez Bryant is still improving his route running. (Source: Dallas Cowboys)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant is a top 10 WR, but has seen a drop in yards per catch since 2012, down to 12.4 thus far in 2014. Bryant needs to focus more on his route running as teams attempt to shut down the deeper routes and may be even more valuable as he becomes more of a possession receiver. He has yet to catch 100 passes in a season, although he has 185 catches over the past two seasons, and an added attention to detail may make 2014 the first season that he eclipses that benchmark. Bryant will always have explosiveness, evident in the 68 yard touchdown catch against the Rams, so an added focus on being a possesion receiver will only make him more of a fantasy threat.

By Rick Johnson, Cowboys Correspondent, Sat, Sep 20th 8:43am EDT

Dez Bryant claims he will play on Sunday vs. the Rams. He is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury but has now played in 42 straight games, since missing 5 games early on in his career. (Source: ESPN Dallas)

Fantasy Impact: Fire Dez up as usual in what should be a good fantasy matchup for him, but keep your fingers crossed that Romo's back is not bothering him this week.

By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Sep 18th 10:55pm EDT

Bryant injured his shoulder in the Week 2 games against the Titans, but only missed one series in the game and finished with 10 receptions for 103 yards and one TD. (Source: ESPN Dallas)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant is in no danger of missing any game time Sunday against the Rams. It is a favorable match-up for the entire Cowboy's offense, and Bryant is unquestionably their best pass catcher. The only real issue for Bryant arises on the other end of the ball in Tony Romo. The Dallas QB has looked sluggish to say the least, and Bryant's performance could suffer if Romo doesn't figure out his own issues. Also, the Cowboys have suddenly shown a dedication to running the ball, and should build an early lead Sunday that may limit the passing game further. Regardless of all the warning signs, Bryant is an elite talent and a must start when healthy. Fantasy owners just have to hope the Cowboy's defense is as bad as advertised, every game becomes a shootout, and Romo works out the kinks. Easy enough eh?

By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 10:57pm EDT

Bryant managed 4 receptions for 55 yards on 6 targets in the opening week contest against the 49ers. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Romo struggled to find a rhythm and made several very poor decisions that led to 3 interceptions, making it tough for Bryant to be a factor for fantasy owners. Bryant remains a solid WR1 due to his elite talent, but Romo has to get it together if Dez is going to be the elite fantasy option he is expected to be.

By Rick Johnson, Cowboys Correspondent, Sat, Aug 30th 7:32am EDT

Dez Bryant and Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones have met twice in the past week to discuss a long-term contract going forward. Jerry is on record saying that he wants Dez to be a Cowboy long term. Dez has stated that he doesn't want the contract to be a distraction after the season starts. (Source: Dallas News)

Fantasy Impact: Dez is finally showing the maturity needed to be a dominant player on the field and whether or not his contract gets settled before the season starts is a moot point. With Scott Linehan in town along with a bad Dallas defense, the Cowboys will be in a shootout nearly every week which will lead Dez to be the #1 WR in fantasy football this year.

By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 11:32pm EDT

Despite playing only two series in the Cowboy's second preseason game, Bryant mustered 3 catches for 59 yards and made a circus catch on the sideline that was ruled incomplete because he was out of bounds (a holding penalty would have negated the play regardless). In film session coaches pointed out that Bryant was forced to make the acrobatic catch because he ran a bad route, and Bryant accepted the criticism saying "If it’s not right, tell me it’s not right because I want to do my best to fix it". Not being offended by the lack of praise for the catch is another sign that the uber-talented wide receiver is continuing to mature and fosters thoughts of great things to come. (Source: ESPN Dallas)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant's talent has never been in question. His maturity level on the other hand was a focal point in the beginning of his career. His dedication to getting better and willingness to be "coached up" has his potential sky rocketing. A potentially atrocious defense, a new pass happy offense, a very talented QB, and other weapons in the offense to take some focus off of Bryant sets the table for a monster fantasy season. Dez is currently the 3rd WR (9th Overall in PPR) being drafted and there is no reason to argue with that value.

By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 11:35pm EDT

Dez Bryant's tweet about being disrespected stirred up some unintentional controversy but he quickly clarified that he was responding to an article written about his contract negotiations and not the actual negotiations with Cowboy's brass. (Source: SportsDay DFW)

Fantasy Impact: While it looked like there was tension brewing between Bryant and the Cowboy's front office, all seems well for now. Bryant is poised for a huge season under new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan. Many experts have Dez locked in as a top 3 wideout this year so the contract situation will be worth monitoring to ensure he stays happy and committed to the cause.

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