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In 2012, Calvin Johnson had one of the greatest seasons ever for a wide receiver. He caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards (a new single season record) and averaged 122.8 yards per game.

He had the kind of season that is usually reserved for created players in Madden who have had their attributes hilariously/unfairly maxed.  You know, the guy who is a 99 in everything and can catch any wobbly pass that is thrown in his general vicinity (he can even catch Tebow pases).

Mere mortals don’t have that kind of season.

Dallas Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant doesn’t think he’s a mere mortal, Bryant thinks he’s capable of a seemingly impossible 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is your player at the half after a five reception, 145 yard, two touchdown first half performance against the New Orleans Saints, and incredibly both of his scores came on 58-yard catches. Here’s to hoping you started him for the most important fantasy day of the year. (UPDATE: Bryant finished with 224 yards…umm, wow).

Bryant is playing with a finger injury for a second consecutive week, after many feared he would be out for the season. Last week against the Bengals, Bryant caught four balls for 59 yards and a touchdown.

By the way, Tony Romo on the day is 9-12 for 176 yards and the two touchdowns against a Saints defense that allows 287.0 passing yards per game.

Honourable first half mentions go to:

Bills RB C.J. Spiller: 11 carries, 100 yards

Saints QB Drew Brees: 20-27, 254 yards, TD and

Steelers WR Antonio Brown: 4 receptions, 83 yards, TD

Dez Bryant is active

No surprise here, as although he was an extremely limited participant in practice all week due to his left index finger injury, Dez Bryant repeatedly said that he intends to play today against the Steelers. Now he’s officially active, and those who were waiting for this splendid news and had handcuffed Dwayne Harris can now go ahead and slot Bryant in.

However, you should probably do that with decreased expectations. Of course now that I’ve written that Bryant will do something superhuman and catch 19 balls for 232 yards or something, because I’m quite helpful like that. But logic dictates that a receiver who’s essentially playing without one finger could have some difficulty with the basic act of catching a football.

Sure, Bryant caught some passes from Tony Romo this week in practice, but he favored the injury heavily, and it could limit him throughout the remainder of this season. So until he proves us wrong, approach Bryant as though he’ll give you WR3-level production, instead of his usual high WR1 ceiling.

UPDATE (4:03 p.m. ET): Alright, so apparently Garrett is a rather skilled poker player, and he bluffed the Dallas reporters huge time. Bryant practiced today while wearing a special white glove over his finger, and he caught passes from quarterback Tony Romo. He then confidently told the media that he’s playing. So yeah, you can pretty much ignore every word written below. As you were.

When we last visited the hourly developments of the most popular index finger in North America and possibly the world, we were told that Dez Bryant is most likely playing Sunday against the Steelers, and he’ll catch passes today in practice. Welp, part of that optimistic equation has changed.

Earlier Ed Werder’s sources told him that Bryant would “catch a few passes” in practice today to see how he feels. Now after speaking with the media and confirming the more significant aspect of Werder’s report — that Bryant will delay surgery on his finger and attempt to play throughout the rest of the season — Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that even an extremely limited test won’t take place today.

Even worse, there’s a possibility Bryant may not attempt to catch a ball until Sunday. Ummm, yikes.

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Personally, if doing an activity could lead to permanent damage in any part of my body, I wouldn’t do said activity. But that may not be a fair comparison to Dez Bryant’s situation, because the most strenuous part of my day is often the walk to the java machine. Hey, it’s at least 25 feet away.

Anywho, as a cold-hearted evil fantasy manager you care little about Bryant’s well being. Yeah, we’re all horrible people, and if Bryant wants to be a lunatic and threaten his career and more importantly his body, we say good for him, I guess. That’s happening, and here are the most important words you’ll read all week: Bryant will play, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, and after getting a second opinion from a hand specialist he’ll delay surgery.

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American football is a sport of many emotions, none of which were greater on Sunday than those of the Dallas Cowboys. Following the unexpected death of linebacker Jerry Brown, the Cowboys had to lace their cleats up and battle the Cincinnati Bengals to keep their playoff hopes alive.

They pulled out a 20-19 victory with a late, game-winning field goal from Dan Bailey. But before Bailey had his shot at the winner, Dez Bryant hauled in his own game-saving play: a fourth quarter 27-yard touchdown.

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Since we’re in the business today of updating really important news that’s compelling and rich, and has wide-sweeping fantasy implications, let’s also return to the tale of Dez Bryant and his throbbing finger.

You’ll recall when your pleasant Monday afternoon was interrupted by the strong possibility that Bryant could be done for the season after injuring his left index finger during the Cowboys’ win over Cincinnati Sunday. This is troubling for so many reasons, but most notably because with his 149 fantasy points, Bryant is the sixth best scorer at his position, and he’s logged 20 or more points in three of his last five games. He’s also had seven touchdowns during that stretch, and two games with 145 receiving yards.

Yeah, the figurative temperature of his hands is somewhere far above lukewarm right now. Or maybe they’re actually hot in a literal sense, in which case he should probably get that checked out.

But Bryant has far more concerning medical problems, and this morning Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that ultimately, the team won’t decide the next direction with his finger injury. Nope, that’s Bryant’s call.

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