NFL fantasy football: Dez Bryant to have final say on surgery

Bryant suffers broken finger: Right now, the status of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is up in the air. According to team owner Jerry Jones, it will be the receiver himself who makes the final call over whether to have season-ending surgery on his fractured finger. It couldn’t come at a worse time for fantasy owners; the often-frustrating Bryant had been playing some of his best football recently. He had already set career-highs in receptions and yardage while tying his career-high in touchdowns. Before a ho-hum 9.90-point performance on Sunday, the big wideout had scored 20-plus points in three straight games. If Bryant is shut down for the season, obviously much of load will fall to Miles Austin, but it could mean the return of Kevin Ogletree, who hasn’t been much of a fantasy factor since his Week 1 breakout.

Amendola nearing return: After sitting out Sunday’s game with a foot injury, St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola could return for Week 15′s contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Amendola attempted to get some work in before the game and just wasn’t able to go. The Vikings have been fairly good on the road against fantasy receivers, but with the number of targets Amendola regularly sees, he should be in fantasy lineups as long as he’s on the field. That goes double for owners in PPR leagues.

McCoy, Celek to miss Week 15: While they are still dealing with concussion symptoms, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek have been likely ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. There is some good news, however, since both McCoy and quarterback Michael Vick have passed their concussion tests and could return to practice this week. For this week, it means Bryce Brown is still the man in Philly’s backfield — although he needs a big bounce back after being shut down by the Buccaneers in Week 14. That could be a tall order against one of the better run defenses in the league. As for Vick, it’s likely he’s played his final game as an Eagle with Nick Foles being named the starter for the remainder of the season.

– Marcas Grant
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