Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
School: Oklahoma State
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
While many NFL experts are concerned with his route-running ability and football IQ yet, as well as his case of the dropsies, statistically speaking, Bryant broke out last year, his third season in the league and established himself as a top talent at wide receiver. He amassed 1382 yards on 92 catches with 12 touchdowns. He has had significant improvement statistically from each year to the next, despite the aforementioned issues.
Another concerning issue with Bryant has always been his maturity. Throughout his troubled youth and up until this day, his record has been littered with spats with the law, including being sued for court costs and allegedly taking jewelry without paying for it. Despite all of that, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are confident that he is putting himself in a better environment and will shake his reputation as a troublemaker. As good as Bryant is and can be, I truly hope that is the case.
Another concern fans and media have had with Bryant is his broken index finger on his left hand. Bryant played the final 8 games of the 2012 season with the finger fractured and was feared to have long-term effects from playing through it. However, he had surgery in January and is expected to be practicing with the Cowboys at some point during OTA’s.
Despite all of the issues with Dez, whether it be the injuries, off-the-field incidents or even his route-running ability and knowledge of the playbook in his third year, Bryant has shown he can put the bread on the table. Ranking third in points scored among wide receivers in standard leagues is nothing to ignore. He clearly has the skill to be a premier player at his position. While I don’t think he will replicate last year’s results in 2013, he is most certainly going to finish a top 10 receiver with the opportunity for more.