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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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Dez Bryant suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his knee in Week 2. Although the Cowboys have said this injury might not sideline Bryant for long, historical evidence suggests that Bryant might be looking at a 6-8 week rehab. This is a volatile situation that needs to be monitored closely.
Dez Bryant suffered a concussion on August 22nd.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Bryant bent his knee awkwardly on a play but later returned and looked good. He will undergo an MRI on his knee Monday, September 26, after initial X-rays revealed a sprained knee. Further evaluations to determine the exact nature and severity of his injury are ongoing as of Monday morning.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Bryant was finally able to score, but he also suffered a knee injury that will require an MRI. His weekly ceiling is lower than expected with Dak Prescott and he's not a fantasy WR1 heading into a great matchup against San Francisco.

General News (Fri Sep 30): did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this week. Jon Machota reported on Twitter that owner Jerry Jones said it's a pain issue for Bryant. "Jerry Jones: From talks w/ trainers, we're not worried about Dez doing further damage if he plays. "It's the ability to perform with pain."

General News (Thu Sep 29): did not practice on Thursday. Bryant seems like a long shot to play in Week 4, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team is hoping there is minimal risk for him to play, but they're aware the hairline fracture in his knee has the potential to be a three-week injury. Also, Bryant missed team meetings Tuesday, Sept. 27, and he was fined by the team for missing a scheduled MRI, multiple sources said Wednesday, Sept. 28.

General News (Wed Sep 28): did not practice on Wednesday. Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee, but head coach Jason Garrett hopes Bryant will be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4.

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Dak Prescott did a good job setting up the running game with just enough passes (19/24 for 248 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken - vs. 41/199/3 rushing) to keep the defense backed off the line of scrimmage. He shared in the scoring fest in the rushing phase of the game with 4/36/1 to his credit. Prescott found Cole Beasley the most (seven targets for 7/73/0 receiving), also routinely hitting Terrance Williams (four for 4/88/0) and Dez Bryant (six for 3/40/1). Jason Witten caught a couple of balls - two targets for 2/25/0 - and ultimately the Cowboys won 31-17. The Dallas offense isn't built around the passing game, but when they take to the air Prescott has been effective. Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in one of the bones in his knee. He'll be evaluated further this week but coach Jason Garrett said he's hopeful Bryant can play Sunday. The 49ers' defense may be down a starting defensive back as cornerback/free safety Jimmie Ward is week-to-week with a quad strain suffered in the loss to the Seahawks last week. So far this season the 49ers average 254.7 net passing yards allowed per game (14th in the NFL) with six passing scores given out vs. four interceptions and five sacks generated to date. Last week, the Seahawks' quarterbacks amassed 22/32 for 291 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -17 yards by Russell Wilson. Over the first three weeks of the season, San Francisco has averaged 21.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 23.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (16th); with 12.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-most). This is a so-so, middle-of-the-road secondary coming into Week Four. This looks like a neutral matchup for the young Dallas starter with much depending on Bryant's status.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYG 75 0 0 0 5 1 8 0 0 0.8
2 at WAS 57 0 0 0 12 7 102 0 0 10.2
3 vs CHI 52 0 0 0 6 3 40 1 0 10
4 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 officially questionable (Fri Sep 30, 07:42 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 4.

Our View: Bryant is on the doubtful side of questionable and there's no guarantee he'll be effective if he does play. The 49ers matchup is looking like one of the best in the league for opposing #1 wide receivers, but Bryant isn't healthy enough to take advantage of it right now.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant ruled out vs. 49ers (Fri Sep 30, 02:50 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) will not play in Week 4 versus the San Francisco 49ers.

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Cowboys | Dez Bryant comes down to pain threshold (Fri Sep 30, 11:55 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) is iffy for Week 4, but owner Jerry Jones said it would come down to Bryant's pain threshold.

Our View: This tells us that even if Bryant is active, don't expect any fireworks. Bryant should be on your bench and if he's ruled out, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley become flex considerations.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant misses practice (Thu Sep 29, 10:47 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 29.

Our View: Bryant is highly unlikely to play this weekend, making Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley potential upside flex plays against the weak 49ers pass defense. He should be back within a few weeks according to the team, but we are always wary when initial timelines are not definite.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant expected to miss Week 4 (Thu Sep 29, 02:22 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) is not expected to play in the team's Week 4 game because of the hairline fracture in his knee, according to a source.

Our View: This won't kill the offense as we expect a lot of running anyway against the Niners. Cole Beasley gets a bump though, and should be a borderline WR2/WR3.
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