Who Should I Draft?

A.J. Green or Dez Bryant (2016)

A.J. Green
A.J. Green
CIN - WR
 
Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant
DAL - WR
57%
Expert Pick %
43%
5
ECR
6
3
Best Rank
3
8
Worst Rank
9
176.4
Ave Projection (?)
181.4
57%
Expert Pick %
43%
 
57%
Expert Pick %
43%
5
ECR
6
3
Best Rank
3
8
Worst Rank
9
176.4
Ave Projection (?)
181.4
86
Receptions
86
1,238
Rec Yards
1,214
9
Rec TDs
10
273.7
Total Points
89.1
17.1
Ave Points
9.9
11.3
Week 1
9.8
13.5
Week 2
44.7
Week 3
15.2
Week 4
13.8
Week 5
7.6
Week 6
Week 7
BYE
28.8
Week 8
3.2
9.3
Week 9
21.4
9.7
Week 10
9.5
11.9
Week 11
14.5
24.1
Week 12
4.6
23.8
Week 13
9.2
25.2
Week 14
1.9
4.7
Week 15
15.0
16.7
Week 16
13.4
Week 17
8.3
Ave Targets / Game
8.0
132.0
Total Targets
72.0
8.0
Week 1
7.0
4.0
Week 2
13.0
Week 3
10.0
Week 4
8.0
Week 5
7.0
Week 6
Week 7
BYE
17.0
Week 8
6.0
6.0
Week 9
8.0
7.0
Week 10
12.0
12.0
Week 11
9.0
8.0
Week 12
8.0
6.0
Week 13
7.0
9.0
Week 14
6.0
3.0
Week 15
9.0
9.0
Week 16
5.0
Week 17
Eifert is hurt and Jones/Sanu are gone. Yeah, Green's gonna get a ton of targets.

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

Health is the key. If Dez is Dez, he's going to play with a chip on his shoulder after an awful 2015 run.

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

In 41 games over the last three seasons, Green has played at a 95-1419-9.8 pace with Andy Dalton under center. Those are solid WR1 number...

- John Paulsen, 4for4.com

After three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1233 yards and 12 touchdowns, Bryant managed just 31-401-3 in an injury-shortened,...

- John Paulsen, 4for4.com

In 2015, A.J. Green finished 8th in receiving yards with 1,297. With the addition of Marvin Jones & Mohamed Sanu in the off season, I think this will actually help Green's overall production and limit the number of double teams that he will have to face.

- Jeff Boggis, Fantasy Football Empire

Dez Bryant will now have to face twice this season, newly signed defensive back, Josh Norman with the Washington Redskins.

- Jeff Boggis, Fantasy Football Empire

Green only had 132 targets this season, but also had A.J. McCarron as his quarterback for three and a half games. But when it comes down to it, Green has not been targeted like a stud receiver, which he is. After Hue Jackson took over as offensive coordinator, the team became more balanced, and the emergence of Tyler Eifert helped spread the ball around even more. With Jackson gone, I don't know if that will change much, since the Bengals were playing well, but any new offensive coordinator is going to have his own way of doing things, so there is a slight chance Green gets back to the 160-plus targets he saw in 2012 and 2013.

But even if he doesn't, Green is still a Top-10 receiver. Under Dalton, he averaged close to six receptions, 90 yards and .62 touchdowns per game, while with McCarron, he averaged 3.3 receptions for 42.7 yards and .67 touchdowns. The touchdowns were still there, but the receptions sure weren't. He'll continue to be a solid receiver with upside for more as long as Dalton is healthy.

- Chet Gresham, WalterFootball

Is Bryant worth a No. 4 pick with so many amazing wide receivers out there? You know, I'm not sure, but the man is a touchdown machine and it's not a fluky thing. From his rookie year in 2012 to last season, he caught 56 touchdowns, which led all receivers during that span. Last season without DeMarco Murray, I was very much prepared for another huge touchdown year, as Bryant is a goal-line receiver and the Cowboys would need help punching the ball in. But of course, injuries tore those fantasies from my head, as both Bryant and Tony Romo were hurt, and Bryant tried to return too quickly from his injury, only to continue aggravating it.

So when you take into account the big seasons from some great receivers last year and the total dud from Bryant, there's a decent chance he'll be drafted behind many of the receivers on this list. If his wide receiver ADP drops to No. 7 or No. 8 and into the second round, I'll be happy to scoop him up.

- Chet Gresham, WalterFootball

Loss of WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, in addition to TE Eifert's injury situation means Cincy going to likely lean heavier than ever on Green in passing game

- Brandon Funston, Yahoo! Sports

Let's not forget that he was a top 5 fantasy wideout for three straight seasons before QB Romo and Dez both were hit hard by the injury bug in '15 - only 27 years old, he should have at least a few more big seasons ahead

- Brandon Funston, Yahoo! Sports

Green had 86 receptions for 1,297 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns, he is one of the most consistent fantasy receivers in the NFL.

- Derek Lofland, Fantasy Football Maniax

If QB Tony Romo stays healthy, Bryant is a slam-dunk WR1 option, but I am not sure Romo will stay healthy, which makes Bryant a risky fantasy option. The addition of RB Ezekiel Elliot will take some pressure off Romo, which is a reason I bumped Bryant up in my rankings.

- Derek Lofland, Fantasy Football Maniax