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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 ISSUES: BENCHING DEZ BRYANT NOT OUTREAGEOUS

It would be a gross understatement to say the Dallas Cowboys offense has struggled since top running back Ezekiel Elliott began serving his six-game suspension two games ago.  With no running game to fear, opposing defenses are daring second-year QB Dak Prescott to beat them with the pass; which to this point he has failed miserably at.  We are getting a firm look at why Prescott dropped to the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft as his pure passing skills are lacking and completing third-and-7 passes is becoming quite the chore as opposed to his old third-and-2 throws.  The fallout not only includes a depreciated Prescott in the fantasy football world but also wideout Dez Bryant who has put up nothing but WR 3 numbers the last two games.  While Bryant did catch 8 balls in Week 11, they went for just 63 yards and then last week he was virtually a non-factor with 3 catches for 37 yards.  Now Bryant draws a brutal CB assignment for Thursday Night Football in the form of top Washington Redskins lockman down Josh Norman and that alone is a big problem for the Cowboys wideout's numbers.  With this being the last week of the regular season for many fantasy football leagues, it is imperative that every move is scrutinized and those who own stock in Bryant needs to really look hard at benching him outright given the Norman assignment.  While Bryant remains an incredibly gifted athlete, Norman can easily shut him down given the struggles of Prescott and you can even make the case Terrance Williams is the best receiving option for the Cowboys this week.  Ultimately it is a 50/50 call but if you have the depth, benching Bryant is not a crazy option. 


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