Don’t expect big numbers from Bryant next season

Two seasons ago, Antonio Bryant was one of the top wide receivers in fantasy football. Now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, he’ll be hard pressed to reach that sort of status again.

Bryant’s pro career has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride.

In 2007, he didn’t play a single snap at the NFL level. Bryant returned to action for the Buccaneers the following season, posting career bests across the board and finishing in the top 10 in fantasy points among wide receivers on NFL.com.

Unfortunately, knee problems and a questionable quarterback situation caused his numbers to drop drastically in 2009.

With the Bengals, he’ll be the second option in the team’s offense behind Chad Ochocinco. While he still has the speed and skills to make plays in the vertical pass attack, Bryant’s upside is limited with his new team.

Aside from the fact that he’s not the top option in the passing game, Bryant will also be in an offense that puts a greater focus on running the football with Cedric Benson as the centerpiece. He also has a very unfavorable FPA rating among wide receivers.

While I do think this move can improve the sagging value of Carson Palmer, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Bryant will post better than 60 catches, 900-950 yards and five to seven touchdowns.

Those are the numbers of a No. 3 or 4 wideout in fantasy land.

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