WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 225||Born: 11-4-1988||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
Week 12: vs Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Bad matchup. Each week we continue to discuss the "Sophmore Slump" of Dak Prescott and early on in the season even mentioned that his touchdowns were the saving grace of his season, those touchdowns have now ceased to exist. In three of his last four games, Prescott has failed to throw a touchdown and has failed to go over 176 yards. The problem for the Cowboys is that outside of Dez Bryant, the offense has now playmakers now that Ezekiel Elliott is suspended. The Cowboys are in a really tough spot this week going up against one of the best secondaries in football in the Chargers. The Chargers who are eight in terms of passing yardage allowed at just 209.8 yards are also 7th in terms of the fewest touchdowns allowed this season which is a very difficult combination. Casey Hayward who might be the best cornerback in football this season should be following Dez Bryant everywhere he goes this week, and the other two cornerbacks Trevor Williams and rookie Desmond King have both been playing at a high level this season. The Chargers also rate as the second best in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends which should cause problems for Jason Witten who is looking like he is on his last legs of his NFL career after a great start to the season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs PHI (14 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec)
Bryant saw his most targets since Week 2, accounting for a gaudy 45% of the team total. However, Bryant struggled to find any big plays as Philadelphia tightly covered deeper routes and pinned Bryant into minimal yards-after-catch situations on short-range targets. Bryant added a third down drop this week and did not see any optimal touchdown opportunities. With Dallas' offensive line struggling to protect Dak Prescott, consistent deep passing work is a difficult task. Bryant's Week 11 was indicative of his season overall as he is averaging less than 11 yards-per-catch and has not found the end zone in four games.
2017 Week 10 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Bryant was active early for the Dallas offense as their running game struggled to find consistency against Atlanta. Bryant led the team in targets, but did not make an impact on any deeper routes. Bryant's production came on three hitch routes and an intermediate reception, relying on after-the-catch skills for any additional yardage. Bryant also dropped a slant route target on the day. This week marked Bryant's second-lowest yardage total of the season and his third straight game without a touchdown. With Atlanta being a pass efficiency defense to exploit and the next three opponents top-half passing defense units, Bryant and the Dallas offensive line in pass protection will need to be at the top of their respective games for a short-term turnaround.
2017 Week 9 vs KC (11 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Despite seeing 33% of Dallas' targets, Bryant was generally held in check by Kansas City as Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley stole the show for Dallas' passing game. Bryant dropped a third down crossing route target and a deep in-cut pass later in the game. His best opportunity for a touchdown, an end zone target, was tipped away by the defensive back. His game was not without impact, however, as Bryant converted a third-and-15 highpoint pass in the two-minute drill of the first half and drew a defensive pass interference penalty on another third down. Bryant ended the game on the sideline, missing a chunk of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Atlanta in Week 10 offers a rebound opportunity, health pending, as Bryant has gone two games without a touchdown and has yet to surpass 100 yards in a game this season.
2017 Week 8 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Bryant was fed the ball as the feature element of Dallas' muted passing game against Washington. His six targets led the team as the running attack was the centerpiece with Ezekiel Elliott in the comfortable win. Bryant was led without a touchdown in a game for only the third time this season. Bryant's lone opportunity for a score came on a well-defended red zone fade target, which was broken up by the defensive back. Bryant also had a smoke screen for more than 20 yards called back by penalty. Bryant's best play was a third down conversion in the closing minutes to ice the game for Dallas. The Chiefs and Falcons the next two weeks offer better matchups than the Josh Norman-led Washington secondary for Bryant in the near term.
2017 Week 7 vs SF (10 / 7 / 63 / 1 rec)
Bryant was the primary option for Dallas in the passing game, collecting 10 targets of the team's 27 passes. No other Dallas player logged more than four targets against San Francisco. Bryant's seven receptions marked a season high and he found the end zone for the fourth time in the last five games. A majority of Bryant's catches were rugged short-to-intermediate throws as Bryant corralled a low third down target to convert on one occasion and high-pointed a target in the back of the end zone for his touchdown in the game. Bryant did drop a contested deep out target as his lone missed opportunity.
2017 Week 5 vs GB (8 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
Bryant played with a notable chip on his shoulder against Green Bay with early energy in his routes and after the catch. Bryant's biggest impact came on two contested targets. One of them was a classic Bryant high-point on a red zone fade for a touchdown. On the other, Bryant played defense to break up a likely interception over the middle. Bryant had the opportunity for another touchdown, but failed to control a low target in the end zone. Yet to hit 100 yards in a game this season, Bryant will have an easier schedule after Dallas' Week 6 bye with San Francisco up next.
2017 Week 4 vs LAR (13 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)
Bryant was the featured receiver from start to finish against the Rams, collecting 36% of the team targets and nearly doubling the next closest receiver (Ezekiel Elliott) in receiving yards. Bryant's physical style at the catch point was his highlight trait this week as he corralled a high-point reception for 35 yards on the opening drive and made a fingertip grab on another occasion. Bryant played solid defense on one misguided throw by Dak Prescott, tipping away a likely interception in the end zone. Bryant had opportunities for an even bigger game if not for a drop on a low in-breaking route target and failing to come up with a 50/50 deep ball.
2017 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)
As expected Dez Bryant drew the consistent coverage of Patrick Peterson during their Week 3 matchup. As a result, Bryant saw only two targets in addition to drawing a defensive holding penalty on Peterson. After being stuffed on a first half screen pass, Bryant made the most of his other reception. On a red zone catch over the middle, Bryant churned through multiple defenders inside the five-yard-line after the catch for the physical touchdown.
2017 Week 2 vs DEN (16 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)
Volume was not an issue for Bryant, seeing a sturdy 16 looks against Denver, 32% of the team total. It was Bryant's highest total dating back to 2013. However, Bryant was constantly pestered by tight coverage and struggled to make a dent downfield. His short to intermediate route highlights including a classic back-shoulder touchdown and a beautiful toe-drag on an out route. Bryant's tipped pass led to an interception and failing to corral a late-game jump ball on fourth down in the end zone iced the game for Denver. Bryant also logged an offensive pass interference penalty to kill a drive. With Arizona up in Week 3, Bryant will have back-to-back tough tests.
2017 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Despite a team-high nine targets, Bryant and Dak Prescott struggled to establish a strong connection against the Giants. Bryant saw three straight end zone targets on a red zone drive, all coming up empty. Bryant also got loose deep only to be missed by Prescott down the sideline. Bryant drew a deep defensive pass interference penalty as well. Only a broken tackle on a slant route for 35 yards prevented Bryant's game from being a complete bust in the box score. Bryant's burst and ball skills were present, but the consistent missed opportunities were roadblocks this week.
Latest NewsCowboys | Dez Bryant held in check (Thu Nov 23, 09:56 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant caught three passes on five targets for 37 yards in a 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, Nov. 23. link to story Cowboys | Dez Bryant draws 14 targets (Mon Nov 20, 12:14 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant caught eight passes on 14 targets for 63 yards in a 37-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11. link to story Cowboys | Week 11 injury report for Dallas (Fri Nov 17, 05:27 PM) - Dallas Cowboys PK Dan Bailey (groin) and LB Sean Lee (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 11. FS Jeff Heath (concussion) and OT Tyron Smith (back, groin) did not practice and are listed as questionable. TE Geoff Swaim (knee) and DT Maliek Collins (foot) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. WR Dez Bryant (knee) and CB Chido Awuzie (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Cowboys | Dez Bryant ready to play (Fri Nov 17, 05:13 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is not on the injury report for Week 11. Our View: That's good news for Bryant, the Cowboys and fantasy owners. We see Bryant performing like a WR2 this week against the Eagles.
link to story Cowboys | Dez Bryant on practice field (Thu Nov 16, 06:21 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 16. Our View: Bryant has had a rough year, and faces a tough Eagles defense. With Ezekiel Elliott out, his value does sit on the cusp of WR2/WR3. He could put up some nice numbers due to necessity, but the matchup makes it a little shaky.
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