| Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys
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|Draft: 2010 Round 1 (24)
College: Oklahoma State
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 218 DOB: 1988-11-04 Age: 26
|While Bryant improved upon his production as a rookie in 2010, his 63 receptions, 928 yards, and 9 touchdowns in 2011 still left the Cowboys and his fantasy owners wanting more. Watching the talented 6’2”, 217 pound Bryant when he is on his game makes that feeling completely justifiable. Basically, the sky is the limit for Bryant but the question is whether his work ethic and attitude will ever allow him to reach his potential. He figures to get plenty of opportunity to make that happen in 2012 with no proven third wide receiver on the roster. But that was the expectation last season and he finished the season with just 103 targets, the 4th lowest total amongst the league’s top 20 fantasy wide receivers. Presumably head coach has noticed that Bryant’s explosiveness warrants more touches. In essence, adding Bryant to your fantasy roster means drafting him for his potential rather than his past production and doing that too often can be a risky proposition. As evidenced by his latest off-field incident, which may or may not lead to discipline from the league, Bryant is a high-risk, high reward wideout. Consider him a WR2 with a huge upside in 2012.
| Dez Bryant's foot to take six weeks to heal -- Tue Sep 15 10:59 am --|
Jerry Jones Cowboys star WR will be out through team's Week 6 bye
|In a radio interview, Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant's (Jones fracture in foot) surgery went well, but that the foot will take a full six weeks to heal completely. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Don't I know it! I once had the exact same foot fracture (fifth metatarsal) and it's a low-blood-flow area that heals relatively slowly, though the inserted screw aids the process. The Cowboys will likely continue to spread the ball around to TE Jason Witten, WR Terrance Williams, slot receiver Cole Beasley, RB Lance Dunbar -- though we could see some of second-year WR Devon Street and rookie Lucky Whitehead if the team shows a need for a bigger edge target.
| Bryant diagnosed with Jones fracture -- Mon Sep 14 4:25 pm --|
Possible Week 8 return?
|Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, according to a source. The injury is known as a Jones fracture and requires surgery to correct. He is scheduled to have the operation on Tuesday.
That's the same injury as Thunder star Kevin Durant, who had to have three surgeries and was shut down for the season last year.
Bryant's last play of Sunday's game came in the first minute of the fourth quarter when he caught a pass on a crossing route. (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: ESPN Dallas considers Week 8 a more realistic return date, but owners need to pray the surgery corrects the problem. A Jones fracture is the same injury that eventually shut down NBA star Kevin Durant this past season and the same ailment that caused the Bengals' Marvin Jones to sit out all of last season. While Week 1 is not a time to panic, Bryant's owners would be wise to treat this as an injury that could hinder him all season.
| Dez Bryant out 4-6 weeks, foot injury -- Sun Sep 13 10:00 pm --|
|Dallas All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant could be out at least a month after breaking his right foot in the Cowboys' season-opening victory over the New York Giants. Owner Jerry Jones said Bryant would need a pin and be out four to six weeks. (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: The Cowboys will be without their biggest playmaker for at least a month. Next up on the depth chart is Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Tight End Jason Witten may also see increased targets over the next few weeks. If available, Williams will be a hot waiver wire pickup as a potential WR2/3.
|Dez Bryant, Cowboys get the deal done -- Wed Jul 15 3:30 pm --|
$45 million in guaranteed money
|Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal. Bryant's contract includes $45 million in guaranteed money. Bryant had threatened to miss training camp and some regular season games if he did not have a long-term in deal in place by the 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate a multi-year contract.
FF Today's Take: With the deadline to sign franchise players to a long-term agreement closing in, the Cowboys and Bryant got the deal done. All the media posturing over the last few weeks is over and the two sides can now focus on football. Bryant posted a third-consecutive season with at least 88 catches, 1200 yards, and 12 touchdowns last season in route to finishing as the third ranked fantasy wide receiver.
|Dez Bryant turning up the heat on Cowboys -- Mon Jul 13 9:29 am --|
Deadline is Wednesday for long-term deal to be reached
|Sources: Dez Bryant personally called Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones to say he won't attend camp, will miss real games unless signed by Wed. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With the Wednesday deadline looming for Bryant and the Cowboys to reach a long-term deal, Bryant is posturing by saying he'll sit out of training camp and miss regular season games. We'll see. If a long-term deal isn't reached Bryant would make $12.8 million in 2015 and would lose roughly $754,000 for each game he sat out.
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