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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): If you have Bryant and didn't advance, it's not his fault. Three scores plus a week up next that could include no Demarco Murray to anchor the run game means Bryant owners are very happy right now.

Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo has relied on four main receivers over the past two weeks, with 15 targets for 12/196/3 going to Dez Bryant; 12 for 9/95/0 flowing to Jason Witten; 11 for 10/52/0 landing in DeMarco Murray's hands; and seven for 7/84/2 going to Cole Beasley. During that time frame, Romo's thrown 43/57 for 470 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions - the Cowboys' passing attack is hot right now. They may need to lean on Romo and his arm this week, too, as Murray had finger surgery on Monday and it is uncertain if he'll be able to go in this contest. The Colts' pass D limited Houston to 13/25 for 152 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception after the Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and turned to third-stringer Tom Savage. Two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer also struggled against this secondary, with 13/30 for 133 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions - of late, Indianapolis' pass D is shutting down opponents. They are ranked 19th in the NFL this season, averaging 240.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions and 36 sacks generated (15th- and 10th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Lately the Colts are playing much better football than their season numbers indicate, though. Dallas faces an improving pass D in this one - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Cowboys.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 at NYG 0 0 0 9 7 86 2 0
13 vs PHI 0 0 0 7 4 73 0 0
14 at CHI 0 0 0 8 6 82 0 0
15 at PHI 0 0 0 7 6 114 3 0
16 vs IND PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec)

After four straight games with at least one touchdown, Bryant had a quiet performance as Dallas was drubbed by Philadelphia. Much of Bryant's production came on two receptions. One where Bryant beat single coverage on a deep sideline route for 38 yards and another being a 23-yarder in the closing minutes of garbage time. Bryant was well-covered a majority of the game and Tony Romo was under heavy pressure to make broken plays down field near impossible. With the Bears, Eagles, Colts, and Redskins to finish the season, the passing matchups are optimistic for the Cowboys and Dez Bryant to get back on track after this lost game.

2014 Week 14 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)

Bryant was active early against the Bears with two catches in the opening three minutes, which is usually a great indicator for a strong game. Bryant regularly saw single coverage and Terrance Williams was an afterthought in the passing attack. Bryant missed an opportunity for a touchdown when an end zone target was tipped away by rare tight coverage. A quiet second half as Dallas controlled the game at the line of scrimmage was highlighted by a long leaping grab between defenders by Bryant for 44 yards. For the second straight game Bryant was held out of the end zone. With optimal matchups against Philadelphia and Indianapolis in the coming two weeks, Bryant is likely to break that streak in short order.

2014 Week 15 vs PHI (7 / 6 / 114 / 3 rec)

After not scoring a touchdown in the past two games, Bryant got back to his big-play ways with three touchdowns in the divisional win at Philadelphia. Targets were difficult to come by for Bryant with just seven, but he dominated single coverage all game. Bryant had just two targets at the half, but both were touchdowns. Bryant beat single coverage on a deep sideline route as well as one of his staple goal line fade routes as Dallas build an early 21-0 lead. Bryant nearly scored a fourth touchdown on an in-cut reception in the red zone; he was tackled inside the five-yard-line on the play. Late in the game, Tony Romo missed a wide-open Bryant on a slant route with a high throw, thwarting Bryant's near perfect game. Bryant was the centerpiece of the Dallas offense and with DeMarco Murray sustaining a hand injury in the game; he will be counted on next week in the projected shootout against Indianapolis.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

WR Dynasty - 3, 3, 3, 5
Overall Dynasty - 5, 5, 8

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Schedule

16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins