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.

Fantasy football impact: Chiefs part ways with Jeremy Maclin

The Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin to make cap room on Friday and the impact on the field will definitely be felt. How, exactly, is still up for debate. We’ll keep a close watch on where Maclin ends up, but for now we’ll look at things from the Chiefs’ perspective.

One thing is clear and that is, as the roster stands right now, Travis Kelce is the best bet to have an increase in targets. He’s in the top-3 of tight ends and had a great season last year. What remains to be seen is how things will shake out with the wide receivers on the roster.

Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson are all likely to get more work, but the Chiefs must see something they like in their first-year receivers if they’re willing to lose Maclin. They drafted Jehu Chesson in the fourth round and one of their scout’s thinks he’s polished enough to play very soon, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with De’Anthony Thomas #13 after returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Demarcus Robinson, entering his second year is another player who could possibly step up to get more playing time.

For now, it makes sense to move up Hill and possibly Conley in your rankings. Hill had 12 touchdowns as a rookie and Conley had solid, though not impressive numbers last season. Watch training camp and the preseason to see if taking one of the other options on the team makes sense with the final pick of your fantasy drafts.

This doesn’t really affect Alex Smith too much, since he’s only a streaming quarterback option at this point in his career.