Bryant’s season ends before it started, saving fantasy owners from pain ... Steelers might need Bell now that Connor is in concussion protocol
Dez Bryant is a fantasy bust before he even had a chance to step on the field.
There was a tremendous amount of hype for the former Cowboys receiver this week when he finally signed a deal, joining the
New Orleans Saints.
At first glance, it seemed like a dream combo for fantasy players. Bryant hasn’t played yet this season after being cut by the Cowboys in the summer and the Saints are seemingly a bit short on pass catchers at the moment.
In fact, fantasy players were so excited about the prospect of the Cowboys career receiving TD leader getting the ball from Drew Brees that Bryant’s ownership shot up an astounding 72% this week.
But, on the final play of practice on Friday, Bryant suffered an injury that is reportedly a torn Achilles, ending hopes of playing this season before they even started in earnest.
The thing about Bryant was that, looking at the numbers, he was never going to live up to the hype.
Bryant had struggled the past three seasons, failing to create separation in coverage and being forced into making contested catches. Last year, Bryant caught just 69 of his 132 targets (49.7%). Over the past three seasons, his catch rate is just 48%.
And, sure, he’ll be playing with an all-time great QB in Brees, but there’s also Michael Thomas, who has a 28.9% target share — seventh highest in the league.
With Tre’quan Smith, Alvin Kamara and even Benjamin Watson also getting quite a few looks and already having chemistry with Brees, Bryant wouldn’t have seen nearly as many targets as he did in Dallas. Even with the 12th most targets in the league last year, Bryant finished as WR24 — basically a WR3 or FLEX option.
All in all, this was just a wasted move and wasted move by fantasy owners.
If you’re looking to replace Bryant on your roster, you’d do better with Smith, who is currently available in
73% of Yahoo leagues.
IT’S THE PITTS
Does anybody ACTUALLY know what’s going on with Le’veon Bell, because we don’t even know if him, his agent or the Steelers owner do. Yet again, there are conflicting reports this week regarding the star RB’S status for the rest of the season. Bell’s side is looking more and more likely to sit out the season and hit the market this off-season while the team’s owner seems to believe that Bell will show up before Tuesday’s deadline.
It’s not even worth speculating at this point, but, if we were betting, we’d guess the Bell will shortly be hopping on a plane back down to Miami.
The thing is, the Steelers might really need Bell very soon. On Thursday night, James Conner — who has done a fantastic job of filling in for Bell — suffered a concussion and is in protocol.
The good news is that because it was a Thursday night game, Conner has a few extra days to recover and pass the necessary tests to play next week. But, of course, you never know with concussions. If he doesn’t get cleared for next week’s game in Jacksonville, Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels would likely split carries in a tough matchup.
PLUGGING IN SONY
Just when some fantasy owners thought they were getting a shiny new toy to play with, the Pats’ backfield could be returning to normal.
With WR Cordarelle Patterson filling in at RB — and actually gaining the RB position designation on some fantasy sites like ESPN — the Pats looked to have found a capable replacement while Sony Michel recovered from a nasty-looking knee injury.
But, before we got another chance to see Patterson in that rare role, it looks like Michel is on track to play this week against Tennessee.
James White remains as a solid RB1 option in PPR leagues, Michel is decent option to start as well, but Patterson should be relegated to your bench.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints this week. Reports surfaced that Bryant tore his Achilles tendon on the final play of practice yesterday.