One of the most common comments/compliments commented commonly to me is our reader’s love of the player comments in our rankings. I appreciate people taking notice because I think they are very often more helpful than the ranking itself. They do have a rather pesky length limitation, though. It was with that in mind that Mr. Dan Sainio and I set out to craft expanded comments for the top-10 quarterbacks and tight ends and top-20 running backs and wide receivers from our February startup ADP.
We each pitched in about 100 words per player to give you two different viewpoints. No notes were compared, so while some comments may be similar, there are plenty of differences as well. This series will be stretched out over six parts, with each pushing into the 2,000 word territory. While longer than most articles released here, we think the short, consumable, blurbish nature of the format will make it pretty easy to digest while still being very informational.
WR11 – Dez Bryant (ADP 14)
Jeff: From 2012-2014, Dez was an elite receiver. The two years before and two years since have told a different story, as the 28-year-old has had issues both staying on the field and being productive. There were times he looked like his old self this past season, but there injury and usage woes conspired against him. In the meantime, the Cowboy’s offense seems to have maybe moved past Dez a bit. As Dak Prescott continues to develop, maybe that changes, but I’m having a very hard time seeing him return to his days of fantasy domination. As such, Bryant is my WR13. Even at that price, I’m not a comfortable buyer.
Dan: Ah yes, Dez, my love. Bryant remains an elite receiver, but has struggled to stay on the field as of late. He has missed ten games in the last two seasons after playing every game from 2012 thru 2014. That is certainly worrisome, but while on the field Dez is a force to be reckon with. With big time TD production to back up his past, and a 26% target share in 2016 (in his 13 games played), Bryant has a bright future with his new QB. 2016 was a down year as he was getting more comfortable with Prescott, who only had the 23rd most passing attempts in the league, but we should all be excited for this tandem going forward. Let us hope for healthy Dez!
WR12 – Michael Thomas (ADP 15)
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