Dez Bryant Fantasy Football News 2018

An MRI confirmed that Saints WR Dez Bryant tore his Achilles in Friday's practice. He's done for the season just a day after signing with New Orleans. Bryant turned 30 a few days ago and was already in decline prior to this injury. He faces a tough road to re-emerge as a real-life and fantasy football asset. The Saints will move forward with WRs Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith and Austin Carr.

Saints WR Dez Bryant suffered an injury in Friday's practice that the team believes is a torn Achilles, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That'd end Bryant's 2018 campaign before it ever started -- and might put an end to his career. We'll update his status when we learn more.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it'd be "incredibly ambitious" to expect Saints WR Dez Bryant to play against the Bengals this weekend. Bryant will officially sign on Thursday, giving him just 2 days to practice with his new team. So a Week 11 debut in a big game against the Eagles seems more likely. Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith and Austin Carr figure to serve as New Orleans' top 3 WRs in Cincinnati on Sunday.

WR Dez Bryant has finally found a home, inking a 1-year deal with the Saints. The 30-year-old looked like a player in decline last season, averaging a career-low 12.1 yards per catch. He seems best-suited as a possession receiver at this point, which is the role he might be stepping into with the Saints. Bryant would look good as a big slot WR between Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith. From a fantasy perspective, Bryant figures to duke it out for targets with Smith behind top dogs Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Dez is worth adding in most fantasy leagues, but we'd consider him just a WR4 for now. We'll see how quickly he can settle into the offense. Smith's value takes a considerable hit with Bryant's arrival.

The Cowboys are expected to release WR Dez Bryant, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer. We've heard whispers about this for a while now. Dallas reportedly wants Bryant to take a pay cut from the $12.5 million he's scheduled to earn this year and next -- and the mercurial WR evidently isn't willing to oblige. The 2 sides are meeting today, but a divorce is expected "barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart," Schefter tweets. Bryant's production has crated since 3-straight seasons of 1,200+ yards from 2012 to 2014. Over the past 3 years, he's totaled just 150 catches for 2,035 yards and 17 TDs across 38 appearances. He seemingly struggled to get on the same page as QB Dak Prescott, corralling just 52.2% of his targets over the last 2 seasons. Bryant is still just 29, so there's certainly a chance he bounces back in 2018. We'll see where he lands before assessing his fantasy value. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are left with Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley atop their WR depth chart. They figure to be in the market for a rookie WR or 2.

Update: They did.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He was sidelined on Thursday but returned to a full practice on Friday. Bryant figures to play in Sunday’s meaningless finale against the Eagles, although Dallas could still limit his snaps. Bryant has been playing through knee tendonitis for the past couple of months.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) did not practice on Thursday. He wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report but told reporters that he's been dealing with knee tendonitis for the past 8 games, per ESPN's Todd Archer. Dallas could certainly opt to hold Bryant out of Sunday's meaningless finale. Check back tomorrow for another update.

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. These injuries knocked him out of last week’s contest — and he only got in 1 limited practice this week. Bryant carries significant risk in this one but would be nearly impossible to bench in season-long leagues.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) will play against the Falcons today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bryant only got in a limited practice on Friday and carries more risk than usual. But he belongs in season-long fantasy lineups.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. Atlanta. He put in a limited practice on Friday after missing the first 2 workouts of the week. The Dallas media is expecting Bryant to play on Sunday. The game doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, though, so hopefully we get another update that morning.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. He told reporters afterward that he plans on practicing Friday and playing this weekend. We'll see about that. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ankle, knee) did not practice on Wednesday. His injuries aren't considered serious, but he's certainly not a lock to play against the Falcons this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that WR Dez Bryant is dealing with ankle and knee injuries. He's considered "day-to-day," according to Garrett. We haven't heard much concern about either injury, but Bryant can't be considered a lock to play against the Falcons on Sunday. We'll track his status throughout the week.

A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's ankle injury is "not serious." He was able to jog on the sideline after getting the ankle twisted but never returned to Sunday's game. None of this means Bryant is a lock to play against the Falcons this weekend, but it at least sounds like he'll dodge a lengthy absence. Hopefully we learn more about the diagnosis today.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant twisted his ankle in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. He remained on the sidelines and tried to jog it off for a few minutes but was eventually taken back to the locker room. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott believes his rapport with WR Dez Bryant has improved this offseason. "He has been healthy all offseason, so that chemistry has grown," Prescott said. "Film study helps, but more importantly those reps we've had in practice all camp long probably have been more valuable to us." The pair hooked up twice for 55 yards and a score in last weekend's preseason game. While Bryant won't contend for the league target lead in Dallas' run-leaning offense, he remains a WR1 -- and a fine value at his 2.09 ADP.

 
 
 

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