NFL Fantasy football: Dez Bryant could be shut down

Fantasy owners pinning their playoff hopes on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant might be facing a serious predicament.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Monday confirmed a DallasCowboys.com report that Dez Bryant might miss the rest of the season with an injured finger that might require surgery. The third-year wideout is set to visit with a specialist who will determine Bryant’s fate. The wideout has been among the hottest fantasy players, totaling seven touchdowns his last five games.

What do you do now? First off, check your league’s waiver wire. If you’re lucky enough to be sitting at the one-spot, an equally hot wide receiver could be waiting for you. As Michael Fabiano notes in his Week 15 waiver wire report, Danario Alexander is still available in 72.9% of NFL.com leagues. “He’s been the best fantasy wide receiver in San Diego for several weeks in a row, including an 88-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games.”

If you’re not so fortunate and have low waiver priority, Fabiano provides other options. There is Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon, who “is getting hot again with a combined 14 receptions, 202 yards and one touchdown in his last two games. With a terrific matchup upcoming against the Washington Redskins and their poor pass defense, Gordon has fantasy sleeper written all over him in Week 15.” Gordon is still available in 79.1% of NFL.com leagues. Another player to consider is Tennessee Titans wideout Kenny Britt, who isn’t as available (only an option in 37.4%), but is well worth the pick considering he’s scored in each of his last two games.

Then there’s a guy I called out as a sleeper in Week 1 who goes by the name of Kevin Ogletree. The Cowboys wide receiver busted onto the scene with a 23.40 point performance that first week, then disappeared into obscurity. If Bryant is shut down for the season, Ogletree has proven he is capable of being a legitimate threat. However, keep track of his practice status this week. Teammate Dwayne Harris has seen more action of late, notching seven more catches than Ogletree the last four games. If Bryant misses time, whoever gets the nod will be well worth the risk with Tony Romo finding his groove and DeMarco Murray around to keep defenses from guarding solely against the pass.

-Adrian Mojica
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