Dwayne Harris: Fantasy Outlook for Cowboys WR Following Dez Bryant's Injury

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIDecember 10, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Dwayne Harris #17 of the Dallas Cowboys returns a punt for the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-23.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With the Dallas Morning News reporting that Dez Bryant may miss the remainder of the season with a finger injury, the Dallas Cowboys have a massive void to fill in their offense.

The first man to step up and try to fill that void will be little-known second-year receiver Dwayne Harris.

Listen up, fantasy football players. If you need a wide receiver for your playoff run, Dwayne Harris is the one you want.

Harris is a high-risk prospect, but the potential reward here is tremendous. The Cowboys' starting two receivers, Bryant and Miles Austin, have combined for a whopping 130 receptions for 1,847 yards, showing how much the 'Boys lean on their top two targets. With Harris stepping into Bryant's role, he should see a major increase in his number of targets and receptions. 

That trend has already started to materialize. Harris has seen at least seven targets in two of the Cowboys' last three games, a number that should only rise with Bryant's injury.

On the field, Harris is more of a possession receiver who excels after the catch. The Cowboys have used Harris on punt returns this season to great effect, as Harris' quickness and vision have made him a real threat.

Those traits should serve Harris well as a receiver. The Cowboys can and should use Harris as a high-volume receiver, getting him plenty of receptions and letting him pick up yardage after the catch. He can operate as an effective slot receiver, and he will also excel on screen passes.

In points-per-reception leagues, Harris is an especially valuable addition. He was a high-volume receiver at East Carolina University, where he accumulated 268 career catches, and he should take on that role again for the Cowboys.

One final factor to note is the Cowboys' schedule, which should serve Harris well. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, Harris might struggle against the NFL's best passing defense, but the Cowboys follow that tough matchup with games against the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. These two defenses should give Harris plenty of opportunities to excel.

A realistic expectation for Harris would be from 15 to 20 receptions over the next three games for around 150 or 200 yards and a touchdown or two. He probably won't be worth a start against the Steelers, but Harris will post solid numbers in the season's final two weeks, making him a worthy add.



12/16 vs Steelers: 4 receptions, 35 yards

12/23 vs Saints: 7 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD

12/30 at Redskins: 6 receptions, 64 yards