Fantasy football: Dez Bryant released by the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, their top receiver over the past eight years.

Since 2015, Bryant has been an underwhelming fantasy football player. He hasn’t caught more than 69 passes in a season since then, nor has he gained more than 838 yards through the air. Bryant has had injury issues, including a broken foot in 2015 and a tibial plateau fracture in 2016.

He finishes his stint with Dallas as their top touchdown receiver with 73. He’s third in total receptions (513) for the franchise and is fifth in receiving yards (7,459).

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Wherever Bryant ends up, it has to be remembered that he’s been drafted too high in the last two seasons. The only way he should be on your roster is if he ends up with a top-tier quarterback and you don’t pay too much for him. If he ends up being a primary red zone target, he could be a great value as a WR2.

As for the Cowboys, Allen Hurns gets a big boost by this move. They could still draft a top rookie wideout like Calvin Ridley, Courtland Sutton or D.J. Moore, however. If that happens, Hurns could still end up the best wideout for Dallas, but I think his ceiling is a midrange WR2. If the Cowboys draft defense, then his upside increases a bit.