Dez Bryant: Fantasy Options to Replace Injured Cowboys WR If out in Week 15

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a touchdown pass reception against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is trying to fight through an injured finger. His playing status remains up in the air for Sunday's game, which puts fantasy football owners in a tough spot as they prepare their playoff lineups.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports Bryant expects to play in Week 15 after practicing on Friday. No official decision has been made, however, which means fantasy owners should be prepared with other options in case he's a late scratch.

Let's take a look at some of the best options to target for Bryant owners. No fantasy team can afford to take a zero in the postseason.


1. Danario Alexander

Alexander has been on an absolute roll over the past five weeks. Given the fact he's scored 77 points in standard leagues over that span, it's a surprise that he's still available in more than half of ESPN leagues. Yet, that's the case.

His combination of size and speed have caused major problems for opposing secondaries. That's made him the favorite target of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who has looked his way nearly 10 times per game since the hot streak began.

Even though the Carolina Panthers, San Diego's opponents this week, don't represent a matchup, Alexander proved last week he doesn't need one to succeed. He had seven catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns against the top-ranked Pittsburgh Steelers pass defense last week.


2. Donnie Avery

Two weeks ago, Avery had a monster game against the Detroit Lions. He posted five catches, 91 yards and two touchdowns, good for 21 fantasy points. He has a similar upside against a struggling Houston Texans secondary this week.

The Texans gave up just under 300 yards and four touchdowns to the New England Patriots last week, and now have to face Avery's Indianapolis Colts on short rest. The Colts should be attacking the secondary early and often.

That's great news for Avery's fantasy value. Since Reggie Wayne is the clear top target in Indianapolis, Avery should only be given a starting nod in weeks where the Colts are going to pass a lot. Week 15 should fit the bill, making him a good option.


3. Rod Streater

Streater wasn't on many fantasy radars for the first three months of the season. But over the last two weeks he has totaled 25 points. His breakout performance for the Oakland Raiders has caught the eye of a lot of owners looking to catch lightning in a bottle.

He's finally been able to get on the same page with Carson Palmer. It's led to games of 96 and 100 yards in the past two weeks. Now he gets to face a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has allowed 25 passing TDs, tied for the fourth-most in the league.

Streater would certainly be categorized as a boom-or-bust option. If Bryant owners end up needing a replacement and want to take a risk, he has the potential to put up some huge numbers. Momentum is definitely on his side.