Week Seventeen Analysis: The Cowboys have absolutely everything to play for this weekend as a win secures the NFC East for Dez Bryant and company, so you're going to see all Bryant has to offer in the season finale. If you're seeing everything, you know it's going to be a great show. Bryant is the hottest wideout in football with 10 touchdowns over his last seven games. His best two games of the season came last week when he posted 224 yards and two scores, and on Thanksgiving where he beat these same Redskins for eight receptions, 145 yards and two scores.
Week Sixteen Analysis: The fact that Dez Bryant will need a bone graft on his injured left index finger at the end of the year did little to slow him down last week. Bryant continued his fantasy winning ways with his eighth touchdown in the last six weeks. He's single handedly, literally, putting fantasy teams in the championship, so I can't fathom benching him now. The Cowboys host the Saints in a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive. While the Saints are among the worst in the league at allowing passing yards, they've not allowed a wide receiver touchdown in four of their last six games. Just two weeks ago the Giants had a field day against this defense, making it feel like Bryant's scoring streak could extend to seven games this week.
Week Fifteen Analysis: For years, Dez Bryant had been giving fantasy owners the finger. Now, we're all in a panic over his finger, hoping he'll be healthy enough to play on it. Bryant suffered a fractured finger last week against the Bengals, but he still managed to score a touchdown, his seventh in the last five weeks. Bryant says he plans to play Sunday. If he's active he faces an Ike Taylor-less Steelers secondary that looked bad against San Diego last week. In Taylor's first game out, Pittsburgh allowed three touchdowns to the Chargers wide receivers, and they had only allowed one in the previous five games. If Bryant is active, it's hard to keep him out of your lineup.
Week Fourteen Analysis: In another case of unstoppable force versus immovable object, the red hot Dez Bryant takes on an equally hot Bengals defense. Bryant has scored six times in the last four weeks including twice in each of his past two games. He's also had 87 or more yards in five of his last six outings as he's solidified himself as the top option in Big D. But, as I've said before, the Bengals secondary has been awesome as well. Cincy has allowed only one passing touchdown in the last four weeks and just allowed their first 100-yard game of the year to Danario Alexander last week in San Diego. The hope is that Bryant can come up with a hybrid of Alexander's yardage and the two touchdown output that Eric Decker had against the Bengals in Week 9, but that's a stretch.
Week Thirteen Analysis: In most fantasy leagues, Dez Bryant has been the top wide receiver over the last three weeks. With four touchdowns in the last three games along with back-to-back 145-yard outings, Bryant is cementing himself as one of the only glimmers of hope in the Dallas offense. Bryant's teammate Miles Austin is suffering from his annual hamstring issues as well, leaving Bryant as basically the only downfield threat on a team that is often playing from behind. They may not have to play from behind this week though against the lowly Eagles. Philly has now lost seven straight games and given up five pass plays of 40 or more yards in just the last three weeks, including a 49-yarder to Bryant in Week 10.
Week Twelve Analysis: Last week the Cowboys hired Joe Haden to Dez Bryant's rotating security team. They did this so Haden would party too hard with Bryant during a night on the town, resulting in an oblique injury from far too much purging. Since Haden could not suit up for the Browns, Bryant was left free to roam the field gathering a dozen receptions from Tony Romo for a career-high 145 yards and one touchdown. This week he faces an awful Washington secondary that only dreams to have Joe Haden's backup. The Redskins have allowed eight 100-yard receiving performances this season, which is tied for the worst mark in the NFL.
Week Eleven Analysis: This week the Cowboys added mercurial Guns ‘N Roses front man Axel Rose to Dez Bryant's rotating security team. They did this mostly because Rose once wrote, "nothing lasts forever, in a cold November rain." Rose could have been speaking of Tony Romo and Bryant's November "reign" and how the duo seem to warm up once past the season's midpoint. Bryant has scored a touchdown in six of his last nine November games, including one last week against the Eagles. It's a tough task to repeat this week against Joe Haden and the improving Browns secondary. In the last three weeks only Torrey Smith has scored through the air against the Browns.
Week Ten Analysis: Last week Dez Bryant celebrated his 24th birthday by spending a rare night on the town with his teammates, and of course one of his rotating, Dallas Cowboy-approved security monitors. Since this week was his birthday, the Cowboys assigned Korean rap sensation Psy to his security team, figuring that Psy would allow Bryant to dance like a nerd, scream at a woman's butt, yet still keep his cockiness and attitude that has made him so good. Unfortunately for Bryant, he seemed to have too much fun on his birthday and was held to a mere one catch for 15 yards against the Falcons on Sunday night. Bryant has recently ditched the stigma of not being able to rack up big yards, as he's gained 95 or more yards in three of the last five weeks. He's got a good shot to do that again this week against a Philadelphia team that has allowed five receivers to have 109 or more yards in a game in the last six weeks.
Week Eight Analysis: In the very first game of the season, the Cowboys faced off against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and completely dismantled them. Make that, Kevin Ogletree completely dismantled them, as Miles Austin was still ailing. Now Ogletree is hurt, Austin is consistent, and Bryant is on a tear. Bryant has now scored in three of his five career games against the Giants, and if Santana Moss and Josh Gordon can score twice against them, Bryant certainly can too.
Week Seven Analysis: After Dez Bryant scored twice last week he started getting pretty arrogant. The Cowboys felt it was time to bolster his rotating security detail by adding a man who even Satan is afraid of. I'm speaking of course of Vin Diesel. It has been said that weeping willows are a result of Vin Diesel yelling at trees for not being tough enough. And that Vin Diesel's hair is actually too afraid of him to grow. So it stands to reason that Dez Bryant should now be able to handle any tough matchup in front of him. Bryant now has 21 receptions and 200 yards in the last two weeks. Considering that his opponent, the Carolina Panthers, have only allowed two wide receivers to top 67 yards this season, Bryant will need to heed all of Vin Diesel's advice.
Week Six Analysis: Idle hands are the devil's workshop, so the Cowboys chose to double Dez Bryant's rotation of personal bodyguards over the bye week. Fortunately, his newest bodyguard, Chuck Norris, kept him out of trouble. Reports out of Dallas say that Norris has trained Dez Bryant to win a game of Connect Four in only three moves, Bryant can kill two stones with one bird, and after getting bitten in the leg by a rattlesnake, after five days of excruciating pain, the snake died. He'll have to hone those skills on his trip to Baltimore this week. The Ravens have allowed the sixth-most yards per game to opposing wideouts this season. Baltimore's Cary Williams was rated as the third worst cornerback in the league by Pro Football Focus, allowing the third-most reception and the second-most yards in the NFL. If Lardarius Webb lines up across from Austin, Bryant could have an impactful day.
Week Three Analysis: In this week's hypothetical profile of Dez Bryant's rotating "A-Team" of bodyguards we take a look at B.A. Baracus. Quick with his pity of poor fools, Baracus is known for his bad attitude and mechanical genius, and was brought on by the Cowboys to show Bryant that you can be both a malcontent and successful at the same time. Bryant is probably not too happy about his three catches for 17 yards last week in Seattle, but likely licking his chops at the opportunity to take on Tampa Bay this week. Last week the Bucs allowed both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to surpass 175 yards! Considering that Bryant has yet to have a 100-yard game in his career, this could be his best shot ever.
Week Two Analysis: Vincent Jackson is still getting comfortable at his new home in Tampa Bay and with his new quarterback Josh Freeman. The connection is not quite crisp as of yet, as Jackson was targeted 10 times last week, but only hauled in four catches for 47 yards. The positive in that stat line is the 10 targets, which according to his matchup with the Giants this week makes him look like an attractive play. Last season the Giants saw seven opposing receivers targeted ten or more times, their average stats were seven catches for 84 yards, with four out of the seven receivers scoring a touchdown. The Giants secondary remains injury ravaged, so if Freeman can target Jackson another ten times, he should have a great day.
Week One Analysis: When not being pulled out of every strip club in the state of Texas by his rotating three-man security detail, Dez Bryant catches touchdowns. He's a scorer. He scored in five of his last eight games last season, including one on a fifty-yard pass against the Giants last season. The Giants gave up the sixth most yards to opposing wide receivers and the third most touchdowns last season. Even though Bryant never topped 90 yards in a game last season, the subtraction of Laurent Robinson, the spleen injury to Jason Witten and Miles Austin never having two healthy legs, means Bryant will be the beneficiary of more targets, yards and receptions in Week 1.
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