Love or Hate WR Dez Bryant, He is Worth a Top Fantasy Pick

By Tristen Challe
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Mock drafts are surfacing all around and most fantasy players are kicking into high gear for their draft. The 2013 fantasy football season is mainly focused on running backs for the majority of the top two rounds.

It makes complete sense right?

The amount of high-level performance ball carriers is far and few between this year and there are just too many quarterbacks available who can be productive for your team to draft one early.

There are plenty of articles and opinions around the Internet about when and who to take as far as the positions of running back and quarterback are concerned. But what the receiver position?

As one of the top performers at the receiver position in fantasy football, Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant is in a love-hate relationship with fantasy players.

Bryant is notorious for loudly voicing his opinion when he is frustrated whether anyone likes to hear it or not. He has most recently voiced his opinion on the NCAA and the Johnny Manziel fiasco in which he states he will be angry if Manziel is not suspended. But that’s a story for another day. Bottom line here is when Bryant is displeased, he lets his emotions take over.

The loud alter ego of Bryant doesn’t seem to have affected Bryant’s on-field performance too much. Last season, the fourth-year man out of Oklahoma State caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those types of numbers are huge to fantasy owners and make all of his talk somewhat allowable.

Last season, in a standard-scoring fantasy league, Bryant had five games in which he eclipsed the 100-yard mark including a week 16 performance in which he acquired 224. Take those points and throw in the four games in which he danced in the end zone twice, and you have yourself a top-notch fantasy receiver. Bryant accumulated 10 games in which he gained his fantasy owners over 10 points and five games where he brought them over 20.

For the 2013 NFL season, Bryant is ready to again have a monster year catching passes from Tony Romo. His 6-foot-2, 222-pound frame poses a challenge to any defender and his sheer athletic ability is at one of the greatest levels throughout the NFL.

Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson will most likely be the first receiver off the board and you should be able to nab Bryant in the late second or early third round. Bryant will help out your fantasy team immensely and do not be afraid to draft this receiver in an early round this season.


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Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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