Draft Zone: 3rd Ranked Wide Receiver – Cowboys Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant is the 3rd ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 14, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the second round of most fantasy drafts.

Bryant is coming off a breakout season in 2012, in which he recorded 92 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. The former first round pick finally had the year owners were waiting for in his third season. However, his production was not evenly distributed throughout the duration of the season.

Bryant had a slow and misleading start to the season, scoring double-digit fantasy points in only one of his first 8 games. However, he caught 10 touchdown receptions in the final 8 games of the season and finished the year as the 3rd highest scoring wide receiver in standard leagues. Bryant will look to pick up right where he left off in 2013 and owners hope that he can be a stud all season long.

Bryant has been working closer than ever with quarterback Tony Romo throughout the preseason and should be targeted even more heavily than last season. The Cowboys attempted an unbelievable 658 passes in 2012. If they keep up their gun slinging ways, Bryant should figure to get a ton of looks. If Bryant caught 92 receptions for over 1,300 yards last year, it’s exciting to speculate what he can do with 150+ targets.

Bryant is currently dealing with a jammed thumb in practice. But not to worry, as Bryant played through his monster second half last season with a broken finger.

Bryant has the potential to put up even better numbers this season. He will be an integral part of the Cowboys offense and will be relied on to put up huge numbers week-to-week for them. Bryant is a clear-cut number one wide receiving option in fantasy football this season.

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