Dez Bryant active: Fantasy stock high despite groin injury

Patrick Smith

Dez Bryant is active, and will start Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Carolina Panthers. He was held out of practice Friday with a groin injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Dez Bryant is active, and will start Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys play the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Bryant was listed as questionable heading into the weekend after being held out of practice Friday due to a groin injury. He was a full participant Wednesday and Thursday.

Bryant has been heavily targeted by the Cowboys over the last two weeks. He caught 21 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns off 28 targets over that span.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has proven that despite lapses in attention and unwanted outside hullabaloo, he is still a physically imposing outside threat capable of being a solid WR1 in standard fantasy formats. Tony Romo targeted him a ton against the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens, and for the most part Bryant delivered.

The Panthers have been playing solid pass defense this season, but that shouldn't discourage owners much from keeping Bryant in their starting lineup. If the recent trend holds, Bryant is easily a starter every week in all formats.

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