May 24, 2016

Overall Ranking

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    SF @ DAL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    DAL @ TEN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    DAL @ LAR

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    NO @ DAL

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    HOU @ DAL

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DAL @ SEA

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    NYG @ DAL

  • Week 8 - Oct 27

    WAS @ DAL

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    ARI @ DAL

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    DAL @ JAC

  • Week 11 - Nov 16


  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    DAL @ NYG

  • Week 13 - Nov 27

    PHI @ DAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 04

    DAL @ CHI

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DAL @ PHI

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    IND @ DAL

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    DAL @ WAS

  • Week 1 - Sep 05

    DAL 24 @ NYG 17

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    DAL 7 @ SEA 27

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    TB 10 @ DAL 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 01

    CHI 34 @ DAL 18

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    DAL @ BAL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    DAL @ CAR

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    NYG @ DAL

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DAL @ ATL

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DAL @ PHI

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    CLE @ DAL

  • Week 12 - Nov 22

    WAS @ DAL

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    PHI @ DAL

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    DAL 24 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    DAL 27 @ SF 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    WAS 16 @ DAL 18

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    DET 34 @ DAL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 09


  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    DAL 16 @ NE 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    LAR 7 @ DAL 34

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    DAL 7 @ PHI 34

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    SEA 13 @ DAL 23

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    BUF 7 @ DAL 44

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    DAL 27 @ WAS 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DAL 13 @ ARI 19

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    NYG 37 @ DAL 34

  • Week 15 - Dec 17

    DAL 31 @ TB 15

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    PHI 20 @ DAL 7

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    DAL 7 @ WAS 13

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    CHI 27 @ DAL 20

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    DAL 27 @ HOU 13

  • Week 4 - Oct 03


  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    TEN 34 @ DAL 27

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    DAL 21 @ MIN 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 25

    NYG 41 @ DAL 35

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    JAC 35 @ DAL 17

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    DAL 7 @ GB 45

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    DAL 33 @ NYG 20

    3 receptions

    104 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    DET 19 @ DAL 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    NO 30 @ DAL 27

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    DAL 38 @ IND 35

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    PHI 30 @ DAL 27

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    WAS 30 @ DAL 33

  • Week 16 - Dec 25

    DAL 26 @ ARI 27

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    DAL 14 @ PHI 13


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Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant - Dezzy does dallas

Dez Bryant is a receiver on the rise in the NFL.  Bryant, like many receivers before him, made the mythological 3rd year breakout in 2012.  Bryant is an immensely talented receiver who has had to overcome a lot of obstacles in life and in football.  Bryant looks to be on the right path, and if he stays on that path he has the potential to be one of the best receivers in the game.

Bryant has seen a steady increase in his production since joining the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as a first round draft pick.  When you look at Bryant’s career numbers as a whole they are pretty impressive, with 4.65 catches for 66.77 yards and 0.63 touchdowns per game average.  The statistic that sticks out to me is the 0.63 touchdowns per game played, because when you arrive in the NFL either you can score touchdowns, or you can’t.  Bryant has a 100-yard receiving game in 14% of the games he has played in, which is also the same percentage of games in which he scores 2 touchdowns or more.

These numbers are great to look at, but, as I mentioned before, Bryant has seen a steady increase in production over the first 3 seasons of his young career.  Bryant has become more and more dominant each year, as indicated by his average yards per game which started at 46.8 as a rookie, then improving to 61.9 and capping it off with an 86.9 yards per game average in 2012.  This is not the only statistic that has seen a jump year over year.  Bryant has the knack for scoring touchdowns and it has gotten better every year from his rookie season with 6, up to 9 and going for 12 in 2012.

2012 was a breakout season for Dez Bryant, and like his career his season got better as it went.  Bryant finished the year with an average of 5.75 catches for 86.4 yards and 0.75 touchdowns a game.  Bryant had only one 100-yard receiving game entering 2012, but had 5 of those games in 2012, 31% of his games.  Bryant also had an impressive 4 games with 2 touchdowns or more, or 25% of his games. Bryant really made his mark in weeks 10-16, which is where he also won many fantasy owners  a championship.

Bryant had at least 1 touchdown a game during that 7 game stretch and had 10 total.  Bryant also averaged 6.57 catches for 115 yards a game during that spell, with an impressive 17.57 yards per catch average.  The reason that fantasy owners who had him in 2012 will forever love him is due to his week-16 performance, or the championship game in most fantasy leagues.  Bryant exploded against the New Orleans Saints to the tune of 9 catches for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Bryant is an amazing talent who seems to have dedicated himself to his craft, and has gotten better and better each year.  That type of constant improvement is why he is quickly becoming one of my favorite players.  The wide receiver position is one that touchdown production is not always a given, but looking at the track record for Bryant, I would say that is what he does best.  Bryant is the go to player in the Cowboys offense, and with Tony Romo under contract for the next 6 years that is not going to change.  The fact is, Bryant is a beast and he has just scratched the surface of his potential.




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2010 - 2011 Statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           1        5      0           63        103      928     9        147.3       9.8

2010 Stats           1        0      0           45         72       561     6         92.1       7.7

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Breakout city!

(+) Dez is growing up nicely and appears to be on the right track towards stardom

(+) Tony Romo is an elite QB and he'll be locking in on his best weapon plenty this season

(+) He’s been showing solid chemistry with Romo in OTAs thus far

(+) Tony Romo: "He's (Dez) getting better and better every week."

(+) The general consensus is that Dez will enter the season as the Cowboys #1 WR

(+) He has worked a ton on his conditioning so he doesn't wear down later in games/later in the season (as he’s been known to do)

(+) Witten's stats seem to be dipping a bit, which could mean more for Bryant

(+) Laurent Robinson is no longer around and in fact, the Cowboys currently lack a real threat at the WR3 position entirely

(+) Has always been a big TD guy as he averages a TD every 100 yards – meaning if he gets 1,500 yards, he'll potentially have 15 TDs as well

(–) Hasn't made it through a full season without injury yet

(–) Has been an immature guy that can rub mentors, teammates, coaches and Deon Sanders the wrong way

(–) Has yet to have a 1,000-yard season

(–) In two years, his best catch total is 63

(–) The Cowboys will likely run the ball more with a legit RB stud in DeMarco Murray

(–) Hasn’t been a big yards-per-catch player and not really a big receptions guy either… TDs are his thing

(–) If the Cowboys keep him returning the ball on special teams, they’re idiots, and it will end up hurting both him and his fantasy value

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

The only thing that can hamper Bryant is what hampered Crabtree last year, a lengthy holdout.  What’s concerning is that his agent, Eugene Parker, is the same agent that Crabtree had during his holdout spell last season.  The Cowboys have indicated they won’t pay him much more than his draft slot indicates, so this could be interesting to watch play out.


UPDATE:  Bryant signed, and signed early.  Great to see this type of humility.


Bryant was the third wide receiver in most of the Cowboys’ three wide receiver sets during OTAs (Miles Austin, Roy Williams), so indications are that Bryant will get significant playing time right away.  The Cowboys experimented with moving breakout-receiver Austin to the slot in the spring, giving Bryant more vertical space to work with on the outside.  Don’t be surprised if he overtakes Williams by the end of the year as the No. 2 receiver. 

~ Bryant looks to already be ahead of Patrick Crayton (who is asking to be released) so he's definitely a top-3 receiver for the Cowboys

~ Tony Romo gets better every year

~ Roy Williams just doesn't look like the same stud he used to be

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If Bryant turns out to be a stud in the NFL, which is likely, the Cowboys might have one of their former greats to thank.  Due to a relationship with a certain Deion Sanders during the summer before his senior year, Bryant was suspended for a large part of that season, causing his stock to fall dramatically.  Bryant apparently lied to NCAA investigators when asked if he had ever been over to Sanders’ home, when in fact, it wasn’t even a violation to be there.  But that lie got him in trouble and caused him to sit on the sidelines for the majority of what could have been a record-breaking senior year.

That episode does factor into people’s perceptions about Bryant being a prima donna.  He also forgot his cleats during Pro-Day (the most important day of his young career) and seems to have a bit of an attitude on the field.  However, when you’re  6’2” and 225-pounds and can do this (below), certain teams (such as the Cowboys) will let that slide.  Here’s to hoping he’s not another T.O., because the guy has huge potential.

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Bryant does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here: Cowboys Player Tweets


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Bryant signed his rookie contract well before training camp opened and proved he's not simply about the money (like so many others).  The deal was for five years, $11.8 million that contained $8.3 million guaranteed, a $1.95 million signing bonus, and another $3.185 million available through a one-time "likely to be earned" incentive clause.  Not all the details are known just yet:

2010 - $320,000 (+ $570,000 roster bonus)

2011 - Under Contract

2012 - Under Contract

2013 - Under Contract

2014 - Under Contract

2015 - Free Agent

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You might want to handcuff Bryant to Roy Williams at this point if you can, even though both probably have some fantasy value on their own

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Strength Of Schedule

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Injury Report


Bryant sprained his ankle at the beginning of training camp, but all is going well in his rehab and he should be good to go for Week 1 and probably even the final 1-2 pre-season games

Dez Bryant's (foot, knee, ankle) availability for Week 17 will be a "medical decision."


Pyro's take: Jon Machota via Twitter "Jerry on possibility of Dez playing Sunday: "We're gonna see how he does this week & look at the circumstances. This is a medical decision."

12/29/15, 11:20 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Cowboys will "run tests" on Dez Bryant's right foot and left knee this week


Pyro's take: Brandon George via Twitter "The Cowboys plan to run tests on Dez Bryant's right foot and left knee this week, Jason Garrett said. Both have been bothering him."

12/28/15, 03:42 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Dez Does the Bench in Week 16


Pyro's take: Dez is not going to play in Week 16. The Cowboys are a disgruntled team who has one eye on the end of thei nightmare season.

12/27/15, 12:36 AM CST by M O
Source: twitter.com

Jason Garrett said Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) will not practice again Thursday.


Pyro's take: Clarence Hill via Twitter "Garrett said Dez Bryant is dealing with foot and ankle injuries. He is not expected to practice again today."

Looks like Bryant wont play this week, and even if he does return, it doesnt look like the Prima Donna wants to be on the field anyways.

12/24/15, 11:39 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Dez Bryant caught 1-of-6 targets for nine yards


Pyro's take: There is no doubt that the Cowboys are looking forward to next season. It is too bad that this season ended the way it had for a very talented team, but injuries will do that.

Bryant has now seen his targets decline in four consecutive games.

12/13/15, 11:21 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

La Canfora reports "all signs continue to point" to Dez Bryant (questionable, foot) playing Sunday.


Pyro's take: Jason La Canfora has stated via Twitter "Based on everything I've heard today all signs continue to point to Dez Bryant playing Sun, which is well ahead of some dire predictions"

Bryant is going to return this week, but could see limited snaps.

11/01/15, 12:36 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Dez Bryant said, "just know that I had a great day of practice."


Pyro's take: Adam Schefter reports via Twitter "Cowboys WR Dez Bryant this afternoon: "Just know they I had a great day of practice." Trending right way for Sunday vs. Seattle."

Starting to look good for a Dez Bryant return, Not so good that he has Matt Cassel trying to get him the ball. We will see if diva Bryant can keep his cool.

10/29/15, 10:44 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Dez Bryant (foot) is "50-50" for Sunday's game against the Giants.


Pyro's take: Rand Getlin reported via twitter "WR Dez Bryant is considered a long-shot to play this weekend a well-placed source said "it's 50/50". Tomorrow will tell more."

Expect this situation to be up and down and all over the place. Best plan of action is to stick to him not playing, and then wait for Sunday to roll around for any new updates.

10/21/15, 12:24 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Dez Bryant is "incredibly unlikely" to play Week 7 against the Giants.


Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport stated via twitter "Could Dez Bryant play Sunday? From putting the info together, sounds incredibly unlikely. May not even be practicing yet but time will tell"

I guess he is stating its an unlikely, likely, a waiting game.

10/19/15, 08:23 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Bryant's injury can take up to 6 weeks to heal


Pyro's take: According to Drew Davison via twitter "On @1053thefan, Jerry Jones says Dez Bryant's surgery went well. Takes 6 full weeks for bone to fully heal."

With a bye-week scheduled for week six, I dont see him returning before then. Its also a tricky bone to heal, NBA fans can harken back to the Kevin Durant injury this season.

09/16/15, 01:25 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

DEZ Out 4-6 Weeks


Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport tweeted that "Dez Bryant to have surgery as soon as possible, likely today. Belief is rehab will have him ready closer to 4 than 6 wks"

The Cowboys have a bye Week 6. So even if he is healthy Dallas may wait it through the bye week to get him closer to 100% as possible. Terrance Williams will take over at the position.

09/14/15, 11:53 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Bryant Confident

Dallas Cowboys’ first-team offense managed only six points and 110 yards on 32 first-half plays against the Dolphins Saturday night, but that didnt faze Dez Bryant in the slightest.“I feel like we did good,” Bryant said. “We want to be better. I was telling the guys on the sideline this only comes around once a year, make the most of it. You got to be hungry, you have to want it. And I think that’s what we’re doing.”

Bryant finished the game on solid ground as he had four catches for 32 yards on five targets. Bryant was able to catch his missed target, but was unable to get both feet down on a diving attempt. Week five,is usually for the non-starters to get some action as they fight for roster spots, therefore, Dez Bryant probably finished this preseason with seven receptions on eight targets for 91 yards and a touchdown.

When asked how he felt facing the 49ers in week one of the regular season,“We’re ready for anything that’s thrown in our face,” Bryant said. “My confidence is over the roof when I get on the field.”

Pyro's take: One thing that Dez Bryant never lacks is self-confidence, the issue has always been controlling that confidence. Either case, he is one of the best wide receivers in the game, and should continue that confidence throughout the season.

08/25/14, 11:35 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: cowboysblog.dallasnews.com

Bryant is ready for the season to start

Dez Bryant looked to be in mid-season form early Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

In Bryant’s first action of the preseason, he caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

But being on the field for only 14 plays wasn’t enough for the Pro Bowl wide receiver.

“It wasn’t really nothing,” Bryant said. “It was a tease. I feel good mentally and physically. Other than that, I’m ready for the game. I’m ready for the real deal. [Tonight was] not the real deal to me.”

It might not have been the real deal for Bryant, but he was the real deal midway through the first quarter, catching a 31-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo.

Pyro's take: Dez had himself a nice first outing. Bryant is one of the most talented players at the wide receiver position, and he should be getting a lot of work this season. The Cowboys biggest deficiency is their defense, which ranked 32nd, or dead last a season ago. This year's team will be without DeMarcus Ware (now in Denver), and middle linebacker Sean Lee, lost to injury. The Boys will be having to outscore their opponents to win, which means more opportunity for Dez. The only downside to his potential is the injury risk associated with Tony Romo, and that Brandon Weeden is the backup.

08/17/14, 07:01 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: cowboysblog.dallasnews.com

Dez says he is a better player this year...really?

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that Dez Bryant is a better player than he was a year ago. Although it’s been difficult to prove that recently on the stat sheet, Bryant agreed with Garrett on Friday.

“I feel the exact same way,” Bryant said. “I’m a much better receiver than I was last year.”

Why does he feel that way?

“My approach of the game, the understanding, reading coverages,” Bryant said, “I can go on and on about how much better I am than last year.”

Bryant is on pace for 86 receptions for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns. He finished with 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Over the last four games, Bryant’s averaging only 4.75 catches for 50.75 yards.

Pyro's take: This season Dez has not been the dominant force he was down the stretch last year. The only benefit that Bryant has given fantasy owners over the past two weeks is a pair of touchdowns.

Dez has not had a 100-yard receiving game since week 7. This was supposed to be the season that Dez challenged Megatron for supremacy, but that has not been the case.

This week he gets the Packers, and will have a chance to have his best game of the season. The Packers have allowed top receivers to take advantage of them. Unfortunately, his poor play might have cost many of his owners a chance to have this game mean anything. BITCHSLAP!!!

12/13/13, 05:31 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.dallasnews.com

Dez looking to light up Saints

Saints coach Sean Payton watched from his most comfortable chair last year during his suspension as Bryant shredded a historically poor Saints defense. He said part of the process of preparing for the Cowboys' offense this week is to review game film from last year.

Payton already is familiar with Tony Romo, who he originally groomed while Payton was the offensive coordinator in Dallas. It hasn't taken Payton long to realize who Romo would most likely target within the offense.

"I think when you're playing that position (quarterback) and you're getting pressure, for instance, or blitzed, you're mindful of where a player like that is," Payton said. "You know you have a good matchup. If you get in the red zone, you know you have a size matchup. Third down, all of those things.

"Tony's good with placing the ball at the right spot for a big receiver. Those become challenges and you see the big plays that take place because of it. We're going to have to be very, very sharp in regards to our coverage, our rush and where he's at. ...

"Paying attention to a player like that, no different to a player like Jimmy Graham, is going to be very important."

Pyro's take: Last season when Bryant faced the Saints he lit them up for 224 yards on 9 catches, with 2 touchdowns. Dez has not had a 100-yard receiving game since week 7, and this could be the game that gets him back on a role.

Number 88 should be targeted early and often by Romo, in what should be an exciting offensive game on Sunday Night Football. Bryant should have his first 100-yard game with a touchdown since week 5.

11/07/13, 05:16 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Dez Bryant has a mild foot sprain...expected to play in week 2

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was diagnosed with a foot sprain after Sunday’s victory over the Giants, but said Monday that he felt certain he would be on the field for the team’s Week Two date with the Chiefs.

That confidence wasn’t enough to keep him from getting an MRI on his left foot to see if there was any structural damage that might get in the way of Bryan’t prediction coming true.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the MRI showed nothing of the sort. Werder reports that the test showed Bryant suffered a “mild” sprain of his foot and that the Cowboys fully expect him to be on the field against the Chiefs, although he may be a limited participant in practice during the week because of the injury.

Pyro's take: This is another big sigh of relief for Cowboys fans as the big threat receiver got good news after his MRI. Bryant is going to take it easy this week in practice to make sure he is as healthy as possible for Sunday, Bryant will be looking for a much better game out of himself in week 2. We will continue to monitor his situation throughout the week.

09/10/13, 06:06 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Dez Bryant looks ready for primetime

Dez Bryant was very active early on the Cowboys first preseason game with 3 catches for 55 yards.

Pyro's take: Bryant took a short slant pass and ran for 26 yards. He also displayed great hands on each of the passes thrown his way. Tony Romo was clearly looking for Bryant, and Bryant made a nice catch along the sideline, while being blanket covered. Bryant is primed to make the jump into the top 3 of receivers this season.

08/10/13, 08:29 PM CDT by Houdini

Dezzy Does LBJ

"That dude is just that talented. I think it would take him probably about a good two weeks to get very acquainted with football, knowing what he's supposed to do. I think that's all he'd need with his physical ability. I've seen a little bit of his highlights from high school. He's got the hands, he can run the routes, he's fast enough. He could play in this league if he put it all together.”

--Cowboys WR Dez Bryant on if LeBron James could play in the NFL

Pyro's take: Who gives a crap Dez. No one cares. This LeBron as a WR in the NFL is never happening, so enough with it.

08/03/13, 03:00 AM CDT by d-Rx
Source: espn.go.com

Dez Bryant 2013 Pros & Cons

(+) 1,382 receiving yards in 2012
(+) Production has gone up each season
(+) Easily in his prime
(+) 12 receiving touchdowns in 2012
(+) Can beat any corner in the NFL
(+) Racked up 138 targets in 2012 (most on team)
(+) Five 100-yard games in 2012
(+) One 200-yard game in 2012
(+) Four multi-touchdown games in 2012
(+) Five games with eight or more receptions in 2012
(+) Durable and will play through injuries
(-) Fumbled the ball five times in 2012 (two lost)
(-) Miles Austin is getting older
(-) Tony Romo is hobbled with offseason injuries

Pyro's take: He could easily be the #1 WR in fantasy and a top 10 overall scorer if his baby sitter can keep him out of the shopping malls. Dez is elite and a is worth a second round pick.

These Pros & Cons are available for every player in our draft kit available this weekend.

06/14/13, 06:00 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: www.pyromaniac.com