Star wide receiver Dez Bryant has been noticeably absent in the Dallas Cowboys’ passing game as the offensive line and quarterback Dak Prescott struggle. Bryant had a season-high eight catches against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, but he was only able to produce 63 yards in the outing. Bryant only has two games with more than 70 yards receiving this season, and he has not scored a touchdown since Week 7.
Bryant has a tough road ahead Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers’ passing defense. The Chargers have owned wideouts most of the year, allowing the eighth-fewest yards receiving to the position this season. They do not keep receivers from scoring, however. The Chargers have given up 10 touchdowns to receivers this season.
Fantasy impact: Bryant has not been a big-time playmaker this season. Things only got worse for the eighth-year receiver when the Cowboys lost left tackle Tyron Smith in Week 9. Smith could return to the field Thursday, and that could restore the Cowboys’ offense to some normalcy. That does not mean Bryant will have a breakout game, however. He has struggled most of the season and only has four touchdowns so far. Facing a Chargers defense that has notoriously kept wideouts in check, Bryant will need a score to be of any value in Week 12. That does not look promising given the season Bryant has had so far. Leaving him on the bench this week is not a bad idea.