Dallas Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant Suffers Broken Bone in His Foot
A Victory Against a Hated Rival Comes At a Giants Cost.
A comeback victory against the hated New York Giants came at a big price for the Dallas Cowboys. According to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and later confirmed by NFL Gameday Final, Dallas’ All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant suffered a broken bone in his foot and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Bryant suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of their win on Sunday night. The Giants contained the explosive receiver throughout the game, but still lost the important NFC contest. Bryant had three receptions for 48 yards before heading to the sideline. After just one week into the season, the Cowboys are down their two most proficient offensive weapons from last season. The Cowboys did not re-sign their Pro Bowl running back from last year, DeMarco Murray. Concurrently, they’ve lost the number one receiving threat to injury.
Tony Romo threw a game-winning touchdown to tight end, Jason Witten, to win the game for the Cowboys in the final seconds. The Cowboys overcame three turnovers that led to easy New York points to beat the Giants 27-26 on Sunday night. Romo threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. But now, Romo will have to live without his most important target for at least a month.
Fantasy Football Impact
Bryant has been a durable performer since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2010. He played 16 games in each of the last three seasons and has missed just five games in five-plus seasons. With Bryant sidelined, the Cowboys will need more production from Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, the top remaining options from the wide receiver group. Neither Williams nor Beasley is the threat on the field or in fantasy football that Bryant is. Last season, he averaged 14 fantasy points a game. For the year, Bryant had 88 receptions for 1320 yards and 16 touchdowns. If Bryant was on your roster in a Points Per Reception (PPR) league, his 88 receptions came from 136 targets.
In full transparency, while the Dez Bryant broken bone is big NFL news, Bryant is F&TS‘ WR1 in one of his fantasy teams. DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!!! General managers, adjust your fantasy rosters, but it will be tough to match Bryant’s projected statistics. F&TS will have to get creative to try to match his production for the next several weeks.