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.