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WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 225Born: 11-4-1988College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Summary

Bryant seems to have proven his worth in fantasy and NFL terms, however the Cowboys have used the franchise tag on him for the time being. He could and should get an extension before the season, and he has arrived as a perennial top 15 pick in fantasy leagues. The Cowboys offense was highly efficient and run-heavy last year. If the running game falters without Demarco Murray, Bryant could get a higher volume of targets and challenge to be the #1 fantasy wide receiver. With his track record of production through nagging injuries, he is one of the safest picks in the early part of fantasy drafts. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6
Overall Redraft - 7, 3, 4, 5, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 15, 16, 16
WR Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7
Overall Redraft PPR - 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 11, 12, 12, 16
WR Dynasty - 3, 1, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8
Overall Dynasty - 4, 1, 5, 5, 7, 8, 10

Stats and Projections

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2012 DAL 16 2 -5 0 138 92 1382 12
2013 DAL 16 1 1 0 159 93 1233 13 1
2014 DAL 16 0 0 0 136 88 1320 16
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 0 * * 93 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 90 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 95 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 98 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 5
WR: 2
Overall-PPR: 7
WR-PPR: 3

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Latest News

NFL | Potental 2016 free-agent WR class stout (Wed May 20, 12:28 PM) - The upcoming group of potential free-agent wide receivers includes four of the positions most dominant players, including Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green and Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, according to Spotrac.com. All four players are engaging in contract discussions on some level with their current teams.

Our View: This is making the assumption that Bryant and Thomas don't sign new long-term contract before the July 15th deadline for franchise-tagged players. We think both Green and Jones could get franchise tagged next offseason if they don't get extended some time before then.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant attends offseason program (Mon May 18, 01:11 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is participating in the strength and conditioning program, despite being at odds with the Cowboys regarding his current contract. 'I wanted to be here for my teammates,' Bryant said. 'In the past two years that locker room has changed. There is something special in there.' If Bryant isn't given a long-term deal, he may not practice with the team until late July when training camp begins.

Our View: The two sides have until July 15th to reach a new long-term deal. Bryant is a top-5 receiver in the game today, and he'll be compensated as such...either by Dallas or by some other team. If he doesn't get a new long-term deal, then Bryant can play on the one-year franchise tender of $12.8 million.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant's contract about risk (Wed May 13, 08:03 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant isn't appearing likely to receive the long-term deal he wants from the Cowboys this offseason. Even if the Cowboys are able to agree on the financial terms with Bryant, the wide receiver will need to agree to some type of off-the-field structure designed to limit his risk.

Our View: This has always been the case with Bryant, and the Cowboys have done a good job of monitoring him off the field so far in his pro career. The two sides may not be close now, but that could change instantly when the mid-July deadline approaches for signing franchise players to long-term contracts. Stay tuned.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant to return punts? (Mon May 11, 02:27 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant may return punts in 2015, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones. With the loss of former WR Dwayne Harris, the Cowboys are in need of a new punt returner. Jones said that WR Cole Beasley will probably be the first option, but that Bryant could also be used since he returned punts in college and has done so in his professional career.

Our View: Bryant is too valuable to the offense to be used regularly as a punt returner. Whether he's playing on a new long-term contract or on his one-year franchise tender, Bryant is likely to be making around $14 million in 2015. That's too much money to risk injury as a return man.
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2015 Schedule

1vs New York Giants
2@ Philadelphia Eagles
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ New Orleans Saints
5vs New England Patriots
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ New York Giants
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9vs Philadelphia Eagles
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ Miami Dolphins
12vs Carolina Panthers
13@ Washington Redskins
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs New York Jets
16@ Buffalo Bills
17vs Washington Redskins