2012 Recap: I had been waiting since his rookie campaign for Dez to be a breakout star. In 2012, it happened. Dez used his supreme talent to make big plays and finished as the #1 fantasy WR over the last 8 games of the season thanks to his fantastic 18.4 FPG on 50/879/10. Dez Bryant played all 16 games for the first time in his career, but his rate stats were also career highs: 15.0 yards per catch, 67% catch rate, 86.4 yards per game. Dez is freakin’ stud and his breakout season was just the beginning.
What’s Changed: Not much has changed with the Cowboys offense as it will now be in the hands of new OC Bill Calahan. Dez will obviously be the focal point of the offense and the Cowboys should continue to chuck the rock, as the Boys had the 3rd most pass attempts in the NFL. Dez hadn’t proved he could he could stay healthy, but after playing the final three games (including a 9/224/2 outing against the Saints in Week 16) with a broken finger, he proved his doubters wrong.
Outlook: Bryant is a freak that put it all together in 2012 and since I have him ranked as the #2 WR only behind Megatron, I would have no problem with someone going with him in the second round if fantasy owners are not comfortable with the RBs available. Dez is clearly the #1 option in a high octane pass attack and even though Witten did have 10 more targets than Bryant, Bryant tied him with 14 red zone targets. All the check marks are there: elite talent, pass happy offense, and a nice schedule, all make Dez a guy who will make a strong push to challenge Megatron for the #1 WR this season.
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