Dez Bryant injury: Fantasy value unclear as WR weighs decision to undergo surgery

Ronald Martinez

Dez Bryant is still weighing whether or not to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a fractured left index figure, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Dez Bryant is still deciding whether or not to undergo season-ending surgery to repair his broken left index finger, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday. Bryant suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Dez will be the ultimate decision-maker as to whether or not he wants to continue to try to play with a lot of protection or whether he should have surgery," Jones said. "The reason for the surgery is because you could have life-lasting stiffness there."

Fantasy Impact: Jones also indicated that Bryant is "chomping at the bit" to play, but there could be serious ramifications if he does. Expect a decision to come relatively soon, with injury reports to be released beginning Wednesday.

If Bryant plays, he should still be considered a starting fantasy option, though perhaps a more limited one. It's tough to argue with seven touchdown receptions over his last five games. If Bryant sits, Miles Austin should see a lot more targets and a big boost in his fantasy value. Jason Witten could turn into an even bigger red zone option, as well.

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