The fantasy football community is a fickle bunch. I say that with love, but if you've ever read anything I've written before, you know I call it as I see it. We hate the unknown and love dwelling on the past. We dislike quarterbacks that aren't flashy or are conservative by nature and any and all injuries are red flags to us.
Mike Rigz | Fantasy Stock: Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin, and Overcoming In...
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
Dez appears to finally be past the off-the-field issues, but now comes with loads of injury concerns. If he can stay healthy, there may not be a better red zone receiver in football, although Gronk and OBJ could pose a strong argument. Another large factor is that Romo might not be able to stay healthy enough to boost Bryant's stats. There are too many question marks here to waste an early 2nd round pick on him.
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.
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.