Dez Bryant Fantasy News

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. Dak Prescott will start again and is streamable even without Dez Bryant in the lineup.

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 4. There was an early report that seemed to come from Bryant where it sounded like he wasn’t going to play, and now he’s listed as questionable. This sure seems like the Cowboys playing games with the injury report. We don’t expect him to play. Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years. Butler showed a nice rapport with Dak Prescott in the preseason, but is only a desperation dart throw.

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Bryant played through the injury in Week 3, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to go on Sunday. Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc) said if the "hairline fracture in weight bearing portion of knee, will be a multi-week absence. Can't risk displacement of bone." Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks." If the Cowboys are truly "hopeful" that he plays, then the location of the injury is probably not in a bad spot. Of course, it could be gamesmanship if they know he's out and want to force San Francisco to prepare for him. If he sits, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant likely out 1-3 weeks, maybe longer, with tibial plateau fracture

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 10:26pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

A day that began with many questions surrounding Dez Bryant's injured right knee ended with some answers, but plenty of uncertainty.

Bryant has a hairline fracture, coach Jason Garrett revealed Wednesday. The fracture is in the tibial plateau on the lateral side where the bone meets the knee, a source said.

Although Bryant hasn't been ruled out for Sunday, it appears unlikely that he will be able to play. There's no exact timetable for his return. He could miss one week or the next three.

Fantasy Impact:

Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks," though we're also seeing recovery timelines of 5-6 weeks in some cases. If he sits, which is likely, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years. Butler showed a nice rapport with Dak Prescott in the preseason and is worth a pickup in deep leagues.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Bryant played through the injury in Week 3, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to go on Sunday. Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc) said if the "hairline fracture in weight bearing portion of knee, will be a multi-week absence. Can't risk displacement of bone." Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks." If the Cowboys are truly "hopeful" that he plays, then the location of the injury is probably not in a bad spot. Of course, it could be gamesmanship if they know he's out and want to force San Francisco to prepare for him. If he sits, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in knee, 'hopeful' (but unlikely) for Week 4

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3:21pm

Matt Barrows - [Full Article]

Jason Garrett says Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in the bone of one of his knees, hopeful the WR will play on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant played through the injury in Week 3, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to go on Sunday. Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc) said if the "hairline fracture in weight bearing portion of knee, will be a multi-week absence. Can't risk displacement of bone." Our own injury expert, Russell Manalastas (@russmanalastas) said, "Pretty doubtful (he plays), even if fracture isn't in weight bearing area it's unlikely they'll risk making it worse. Location of fracture is important." Ed Werder said that "typical players recover in 1-3 weeks." If the Cowboys are truly "hopeful" that he plays, then the location of the injury is probably not in a bad spot. Of course, it could be gamesmanship if they know he's out and want to force San Francisco to prepare for him. If he sits, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Brice Butler would get a bump. Beasley and Witten's role will be largely unchanged, though they may see more targets, while most of Bryant's downfield targets would go to Williams and Butler. In the seven games since 2013 that Dez has missed, Williams has averaged 3.6 catches for 67 yards and 0.29 touchdowns, but he has burned many a fantasy bridge over the years.

No MRI for Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1:05pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

WR Dez Bryant tweaked his knee during the first series of Sunday night's game against the Bears. The Cowboys' wideout returned after missing a few plays and ended the evening with three receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, owner and general manager Jerry Jones suggested that Bryant would have an MRI on Monday. On Tuesday, during an interview with CBS Radio's 105.3, Jones said the MRI never happened.

Fantasy Impact:

The MRI could still take place, but Jones added, "I'm assuming he's a go," when talking about Bryant's status for Sunday.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to get MRI on right knee

Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:17am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will have an MRI on his right knee after suffering the injury in Sunday's night game against the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant was injured on the second play of the game. He missed a few plays but the good news is he returned later in the quarter. Bryant finished with three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) returns to field

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the first time since suffering a concussion in practice last week, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to the field.

Bryant suffered his concussion after a glancing blow from safety Barry Church on Aug. 22 and didn't make the trip to Seattle for last week’s preseason game.

Fantasy Impact:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Bryant will go through individual drills Sunday but would not go through any team drills. He is scheduled for more tests later. The Cowboys have not played their starters in a final preseason game in years, so the next game action for Bryant is likely to be Week 1 against the New York Giants on Sept. 11, the story said.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant suffers concussion at practice

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:39am

DallasCowboys.com - [Full Article]

Add Dez Bryant to the list of absences from Thursday’s preseason game in Seattle.

The Cowboys revealed on Tuesday morning that Bryant suffered a concussion during the team’s Monday morning practice. Neither Bryant nor Tyrone Crawford will play against the Seahawks, as both players have been evaluated for concussions within the last two days.

Fantasy Impact:

This setback will likely end Bryant’s preseason, given that starters typically don’t play in the final preseason game. But with 19 days until the Cowboys open the regular season, the All-Pro receiver will have ample time to recover. Bryant had been on a fantastic run of play during the Cowboys’ first two preseason games. During limited action against the Rams and Dolphins, he caught four passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, the story all said. Bryant tweeted he'd be OK, but it's still worth monitoring.

Dak Prescott continues to perform well

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 10:47am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cowboys have opted not to make an addition to their quarterback group following Kellen Moore’s broken ankle with owner Jerry Jones saying that fourth-round pick Dak Prescott has done enough in practice to get an opportunity to serve as Tony Romo’s backup this season.

Prescott’s performance in Saturday night’s preseason opener in Los Angeles is unlikely to lead the team to rethink that plan. Prescott completed 10-of-12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns with the two incompletions coming on drops by tight end Geoff Swaim. Two of the completions went to Dez Bryant, including a 10-yard touchdown, and the veteran receiver said that Prescott didn’t look like he was playing his first NFL game.

“I think the best thing about Dak is that he is extremely calm,” Bryant said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s like he’s been here before. He’s not playing like a rookie. He is going to be very good; he’s special.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Dallas backup QB job is one to pay attention to given Romo's age and injury history. Should Romo get hurt again, the team's QB2 could have some fantasy value with a talent offense around him and a very good offensive line.

Dez Bryant cleared for camp

Friday, July 29, 2016, 12:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When the Dallas Cowboys open training camp practice Saturday, wide receiver Dez Bryant will be ready to go.

Bryant had surgery on his right foot in January.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said that doesn’t mean Bryant will participate in every drill from the start of camp. While healthy, the Cowboys have a history of working players in over a few days before clearing them for full work. Still, it's a good sign for Bryant and his potential owners.

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:22pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant planned to spend some time together throwing and catching during the break between offseason workouts and training camp.

Now that it's been four years since the last offseason together for the Dallas quarterback and his top receiver, logic says they're trying to make up for lost time after a lost season marked by major injuries to both.

Romo says otherwise.

"Timing and everything is going to be fine," Romo said on the final day of minicamp in mid-June. "It's just a matter of him feeling comfortable with the nuances of the game that really separate someone like Dez from others."

Fantasy Impact:

Romo just enjoyed his first full offseason since 2012, and another year removed from a series of back issues — despite missing 12 games last year with a twice-broken left collarbone. But Bryant missed all the significant offseason work for the second straight year since his 2014 All-Pro season.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) spotted without walking boot

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:08pm

Mass Live - [Full Article]

Patriots WR Julian Edelman missed minicamp and every OTA open to the media. He was in a bulky walking boot for Tom Brady's annual Best Buddies flag football game on June 3. He did not play in the game.

According to one photo from Patriots.com, though, it appears Edelman did not wear the boot to the MGH event Wednesday.

This would be a sign of progress for Edelman, who, according to a May 12 report from ESPN's Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter, was "on track" to return for training camp.

The Jones fracture suffered by Edelman can be a tricky injury. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who also underwent a second surgery following his Jones fracture, needed five months to gain clearance for running and cutting. As CSNNE's Tom Curran pointed out, Edelman wouldn't be back until November if he followed the same timeline.

Fantasy Impact:

In 28 games over the past two seasons (including the playoffs), Edelman has averaged 7.0 catches for 75 yards and 0.43 TD on 10.3 targets per game. That works out to low-end WR1 numbers in PPR formats, so as long as he's healthy, he should provide good value in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to have foot and ankle surgery

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10:09am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is in New York today having surgery on both his foot and ankle, per Ron Berkowitz. Neither will affect offseason programs.

Fantasy Impact:

After three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1233 yards and 12 touchdowns, Bryant managed just 31-401-3 in an injury-shortened, nine-game season. Assuming his offseason goes well and a healthy Tony Romo is back under center, we believe he'll be back in the top 10 in 2016. It does appear that his body may be breaking down, so this is a crucial offseason for the talented receiver.

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