Dez Bryant Fantasy News

Cowboys 'not worried' about WR Dez Bryant missing workouts

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 1:09pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant this off-season, but he has yet to sign it. It’s likely that Bryant won’t practice with the team until training camp starts in late July.

OC Scott Linehan said Saturday that Bryant’s absence gives young wide receivers like Terrance Williams and Devin Street opportunities to work at the other receiver positions.

Linehan: “I’m not worried about Dez, he’ll be ready to rock and roll when it’s all said and done, I’m sure of that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Last season, Bryant was the #3 WR in standard formats and #4 in PPR. It was the third consecutive season that he finished in the top 7 in both formats. He is one of fantasy’s most dependable receivers. The only concern heading into the season is whether he’ll be distracted by his ongoing contract negotiations.

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Both Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas slapped with franchise tag

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:31pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul ($14,813,000)
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston ($13,195,000)
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant ($12,823,000)
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ($12,823,000)
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ($4,126,000)

Fantasy Impact:

This may not make either Bryant or Thomas happy, but it ensures that they aren't going anywhere for at least one more season. Both players figure to be ranked in the top 5 at their position in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Cowboys expect to franchise WR Dez Bryant

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 9:05am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed to FOX Sports Southwest that the team indeed expects to apply the franchise tag to wide receiver Dez Bryant by Monday's deadline.

"I still think that it's probably, you know, would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal."

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant was the #3 WR in standard formats and has finished in the top 6 in three consecutive seasons. The Cowboys are wise to apply the franchise tag if they can't yet work out a long-term deal. The only worry is that Bryant is offended by the team's move and is distracted as the 2015 season kicks off, but the two sides still have plenty of time to work out a long-term deal before July 15.

Cowboys Beat: Team won't get away from run game without DeMarco Murray

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:06pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Beat writer Brandon George answered a question about the Cowboys offense passing more if DeMarco Muarry doesn't play:

George: I think you'd see more of Tony Romo without Murray. But I don't think they'd get totally away from the run game. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are good enough to do well behind this offensive line. Randle has had several big runs of late and would be fine against a Colts team that struggles against the run.

Fantasy Impact:

If anything, the Colts may be able to play a bit more balanced and do more to prevent WR Dez Bryant from hurting them without Murray in the lineup. George added in his Q & A that he "would doubt [Murray will] practice fully at any point this week. Other running backs have come right back and played with this injury. No reason to think Murray couldn't do the same."

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 10. Romo is good to go for a so-so matchup against the Jaguars. His presence gives Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams a boost.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Romo’s limited practice is encouraging. The feeling is that he will play, so we added him to our rankings. If he can’t go, it’s a downgrade for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams given Brandon Weeden’s woeful performance in Week 9.

Jerry Jones expects Cowboys QB Tony Romo to play in Week 10

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:43am

Dallas News - [Full Article]

Cowboys QB Tony Romo practiced for the first time since injuring his back 10 days ago in the loss to Washington. Owner Jerry Jones believes he will take the field at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

“I’m anticipating him playing,’’ Jones said. “I have no reason to think that he won’t.

“Anytime he can play, we want him to play. We’re a better team, to be trite, with him playing. There’s no such thing as holding him out and foregoing the potential chance that we win.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Romo was at practice on Thursday, but was limited. It's a good sign towards his potential availability, but owners should wait until later in the week before inserting him into their lineups. His return would be a boost for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. Romo is iffy for Week 10, though the team claims optimism about his ability to play against the Jagaurs. If he can’t go, it’s a downgrade for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams given Brandon Weeden’s woeful performance in Week 9. We currently expect Weeden to play.

Week 8 MNF Injury Report - Robert Griffin III QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:00pm

QB Robert Griffin (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)

DE Chris Baker (thigh), S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder), RB Alfred Morris (ankle), T Tyler Polumbus (knee), LB Perry Riley (knee), T Trent Williams (knee)

DE Jack Crawford (calf)

WR Dez Bryant (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter (thigh), T Doug Free (foot), S Jakar Hamilton (not injury related), T Jermey Parnell (chest), QB Tony Romo (back), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)

Fantasy Impact:

RGIII is questionable and was limited at practice all week. The team said they are preparing as of Colt McCoy is starting, but leaving open the possibility Griffin will play. Seems like a longshot, and owners shouldn't count on him. On top of those risks, the Cowboys defense has been playing well this year so it's not a great matchup for Washington on the road.

Also of note, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo are considered probable, as is Washington RB Alfred Morris. All are expected to play and it's especially a great matchup for Bryant and Romo.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. No worries here. Bryant should be good to go for a tasty matchup against the Redskins.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday. No worries here. Bryant should be good to go for a tasty matchup against the Redskins.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Bryant will be good to go for a so-so matchup with the Giants.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. No worries here, though the matchup with the Seahawks in Week 6 isn’t attractive. Bryant is pretty much a must-start, however.

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