Since Dallas came off its bye two weeks ago, Bryant has been targeted 25 times. The Cowboys are making a concerted effort to get their best player the ball after Tony Romo threw only two passes Bryant's way Week 10 at New Orleans.
In Week 14 Bryant heads to Chicago to face a Bears' defense that ranks in the middle of the pack defending wideouts. The Bears give up 20.8 Fantasy points per game to receivers. Wideouts have scored seven touchdowns (two rushing) against Chicago in the past four games.
All three CBSSports.com Fantasy experts rate Bryant a top-3 play Monday night.
Bryant was held off the stat sheet before hauling in a 5-yard catch with just under one minute left in the second quarter. Bryant fumbled the football, but it was recovered by a teammate. A few plays later, Bryant would have his second catch of the game -- a 25-yard reception down to the Raiders' 4-yard line.
Bryant finally broke his scoring drought with a 4-yard touchdown catch on his first reception of the second half. The catch came with 5:26 left in the third quarter.
Bryant came close to to his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season late in the fourth quarter. However, Bryant was tackled at the Raiders' 3-yard line after a 4-yard gain. Bryant, who was in one-on-one coverage, had just one defender to beat, but he couldn't shake cornerback Phillip Adams.
The fourth-year receiver finished with a team-high nine targets. The Cowboys are back in action Week 14 at Chicago.
Bryant is dealing with a back injury. He's been able to practice in full all week. Bryant has been dealing with the injury for a few weeks, but he has not missed a game this season.
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It's a shame too since Bryant got off to such a great start this season. He totaled six touchdowns in his first five games. It could be a combination of Bryant dealing with a lingering back problem and teams just focused on shutting down the Cowboys' star receiver. Nonetheless, Bryant will be looking to snap his scoring slump Thursday vs. Oakland (Week 13).
Bryant scored twice on Thanksgiving last season, totaling eight catches for 145 yards. Fantasy owners would love to see similar numbers this season, especially for Fantasy owners who are fighting for a playoff berth.
Wide receivers are averaging 25.7 Fantasy points per week against Oakland, which is the fifth-highest average. Wide receivers are also averaging 196.1 receiving yards and have totaled 13 touchdowns in 11 games against Oakland.
It can't be overlooked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a strong history in Thanksgiving games, and Bryant clearly benefited last season. The potential for Bryant to have another good game Thursday is there, so make sure to keep him in active Fantasy lineups.
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