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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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Week 13: at Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Both of these teams played on Thanksgiving, so they've had an equal amount of time to recover in time for this Thursday night game. Dak Prescott scored in both phases of the game last week, with 17/24 for 195 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and one sack taken for -5 yards (with 8/39/1 rushing to his credit). He found the rarely-thrown-to Terrance Williams for the TD (one target for 1/10/1 receiving) while Dez Bryant (seven for 5/72/0), Cole Beasley (six for 5/56/0) and Jason Witten (three for 3/33/0) were the lead receivers during the game (as is usual this year). Last week was only the second time in the last eight games that Prescott hasn't thrown multiple TDs in a game - he has 18 scores vs. a paltry two interceptions thrown entering Week 13, and has scored an additional five rushing TDs as well. The Vikings' pass defense is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 206.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores surrendered balanced by 12 interceptions and 28 sacks generated (third- and tied for seventh-ranked in the league, respectively). From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Minnesota has averaged 18.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-least in the NFL); and 20.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tenth-least); with 9.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-most). Last Thursday, Detroit posted 23/40 for 214 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -18 yards - right near the Vikings' usual, top-five pace. This is a tough matchup for Prescott and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at CLE 51 0 0 0 4 1 19 0 0 1.9
10 at PIT 58 0 0 0 9 6 116 1 0 17.6
11 vs BAL 62 0 0 0 8 6 80 2 0 20
12 vs WAS 43 0 0 0 7 5 72 0 0 7.2
13 at MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
13 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
13 at MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)

Even in a tempered passing day for Dallas, Bryant still saw a sturdy 29% of the team's targets. Bryant was used on short-to-intermediate routes with success, seeing Josh Norman most of the day. Bryant excelled in the red zone with a slant reception and a contested catch down to the goal line. His notable missed opportunity was a dropped third down slant target in field goal range. The Vikings offer a challenging matchup next week for Bryant to see similar success.

2016 Week 11 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 80 / 2 rec)

The chemistry continues to build between Bryant and Dak Prescott. Despite a slow start (a single target through a quarter and a half), Bryant ramped up in the second half as did the entire Dallas pass game. Bryant's deep in-cut reception moved Dallas into field goal range late in the first half. In the second half, Bryant was unstoppable in the red zone, converting two targets into two touchdowns. On the first, Bryant exhibited his strong jump ball skills, outmuscling an overmatched defensive back. On the second, Bryant ran through a tackle attempt after soft coverage of a slant route. Bryant has five touchdowns in his last five games with Washington's soft defense up next.

2016 Week 10 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)

Bryant led Dallas in targets and rebounded from a down Week 9 effort against Cleveland. Bryant created separation on multiple receptions against the overmatched Pittsburgh secondary. Nearly every catch for Bryant was highlight-worthy from a back-shoulder contested catch to a stiff arm to a low slant grab on third down. The cherry on top was Bryant getting behind a defensive back, extending to corral the pass, and bursting to the end zone to take the second half lead. Some of Dak Prescott's inaccurate throws came on targets of Bryant, tempering his final statistical output for the game.

2016 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Jason Witten stole the passing game show for Dallas in Week 9. Bryant struggled to create separate, saw just four targets, and dropped his easiest pass of the game on a red zone crossing route. Dallas did not need Bryant's big plays as their offensive line controlled the game, but Bryant's streaky history was on display in Week 9. Bryant had a third down target tipped away by a defensive back. Dak Prescott and Bryant's lone connection came on a back shoulder target early in the second half. Bryant will look to get back on track against the soft Pittsburgh pass defense next week.

2016 Week 8 vs PHI (14 / 4 / 113 / 1 rec)

Bryant was back for the Dallas pass game against the Eagles. Dak Prescott focused on short-to-intermediate throws in Bryant's absence, but the passing attack opened up for downfield opportunities with Bryant in the lineup. Tight coverage was the norm as Philadelphia used plenty of man coverage and press concepts on Bryant. Some of Prescott's least accurate throws were to Bryant, missing the star receiver on a third down deep in-cut and on multiple end zone targets. The pair did connect on a deep sideline target for 53 yards early in the game and calibrated their timing for a game-tying end zone fade with three minutes left in regulation. With more Prescott accuracy, Bryant had multiple touchdown upside this week.

2016 Week 3 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)

It was a low volume day for the Dallas passing game in the blowout win over Chicago. Bryant saw a hearty 25% of the team targets, but behind Cole Beasley who has shown strong chemistry with Dak Prescott through three games. Bryant had a single target for much of the first half, a converted comeback route, but added two receptions later in the game including a contested red zone post route where Bryant sported strong hands for the touchdown. Bryant emerged with a knee injury. The X-rays were negative on Sunday, but an MRI is to follow early in the week to determine Bryant's status going forward.

2016 Week 2 vs WAS (12 / 7 / 102 / 0 rec)

After a game of missed (and few) opportunities in Week 1, Bryant was featured early and often against Washington. Bryant consistently won on deep in-cut routes but outside of one occasion was limited in opportunities for yards-after-the-catch. Bryant added a drop in the mid-fourth quarter and missed a touchdown opportunity on his lone end zone target. On the positive side, Bryant logged 40% of the targets this week and double that of No.2 target Cole Beasley. Dallas' pass game has yet to score a touchdown this season, creating a tempered ceiling for Bryant on a weekly basis.

2016 Week 1 vs NYG (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Bryant was quiet early in the game against the Giants, logging a single target in the opening quarter. Bryant had his chances downfield from Dak Prescott, but it was a game of close-but-missed chances for a big play. Bryant had an end zone jump ball, but perfect coverage tipped the pass away. Another end zone jump ball was caught by Bryant, but upon review was reversed with Bryant bobbling the ball upon ground contact. Bryant had single coverage on a deep sideline route, only to have Dak Prescott sail the pass out of bounds. Another jump ball situation was also broken up by the defensive back. Converting even one or two of these opportunities upgrades Bryant's box score to open the season.


Latest News

Cowboys | Dez Bryant scores again (Fri Dec 2, 12:06 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant finished with four catches for a team-high 84 yards and a touchdown in a 17-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13.

Our View: Bryant had one of the better games of any wide receiver against the Vikings this year. He's back to full health and should be treated as a WR1 against the Giants next week.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant's back holds up (Thu Nov 24, 08:52 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dez Bryant (back) finished with five catches for a team-high 72 yards in a 31-26 win over the Washington Redskins Thursday, Nov. 24.

Our View: Bryant had a great battle with Washington CB Josh Norman on Thanksgiving -- and Bryant came out on top. As his chemistry gets stronger with QB Dak Prescott, Bryant should continue to post numbers like this -- or better -- in the coming weeks.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant active (Thu Nov 24, 03:25 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) is officially active for the team's Week 12 game.

Our View: Start him if you've got him as we think Dez Bryant is a top-end WR1 this week against Washington.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant questionable (Wed Nov 23, 05:01 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Our View: Bryant should play on Thanksgiving, and we've got him as a WR2 with WR1 upside against Washington.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant has full practice (Tue Nov 22, 05:55 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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