Update at 4:30 p.m. on Fri. Nov. 9: Welp, this stinks.
After writing about Amari Cooper in this space last week, when we said he was the vet WR to own of the three moved at the trade deadline, it only seems appropriate that we discuss the guy he was tabbed to replace, Dez Bryant, following the former Cowboy signing with the Saints.
New Orleans won't play Bryant Sunday in Cincinnati. That could very well change as soon as next Sunday vs. the Eagles, and with the Saints possessing the fifth-easiest remaining schedule for fantasy wideouts, it says here that Bryant will be a fantasy factor — and perhaps a difference maker — as the playoffs approach.
New Orleans' remaining fantasy schedule after Sunday: vs. Philly (No. 29 against fantasy WRs), vs. Atlanta (No. 30), at Dallas (No. 1, but REVENGE GAME), at Tampa (No. 31), at Carolina (No.13) and vs. Pittsburgh (No. 27). Giddy up.
Bryant's fantasy environment: In short, perhaps the best he's ever resided in. Sean Payton will scheme him open, perhaps taking a page out of the Bruce Arians-Larry Fitzgerald book in deploying him in the slot, as Eric Edholm mentioned on our latest podcast.
Drew Brees will throw him open, something Dak Prescott hasn't learned to do consistently but a vital skill that can negate the half-step-to-step Bryant has lost.
Bryant will be open, or at least free from the double coverage he consistently faced in Dallas, as long as Michael Thomas is healthy.
And Dez will be motivated working on a humbling prorated one-year deal that's worth $660,000 with his best shot in a decade to win a Super Bowl and, who knows, perhaps cash in on one more lucrative NFL contract.
Bryant is easily the most-added player in fantasy football this week, going from 6.7 percent ownership to 64.4 percent in the span of a couple days. It shouldn't come as a surprise, nor should Bryant throwing up the 'X' —perhaps with regularity — down the stretch after finding the ideal place to reinvent himself.
1. Antonio Brown, Steelers vs. Panthers
2. Michael Thomas, Saints at Bengals
3. Julio Jones, Falcons at Browns
4. Odell Beckham, Giants at 49ers
5. Keenan Allen, Chargers at Raiders
6. Davante Adams, Packers vs. Dolphins
7. Brandin Cooks, Rams vs. Seahawks
8. Robert Woods, Rams vs. Seahawks
9. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs vs. Cardinals
10. Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Saints
11. Mike Evans, Bucs vs. Washington
12. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers vs. Panthers
13. Jarvis Landry, Browns vs. Falcons
14. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks at Rams
15. T.Y. Hilton, Colts vs. Jaguars
16. Josh Gordon, Patriots at Titans
17. Cooper Kupp, Rams vs. Seahawks
18. Julian Edelman, Patriots at Titans
19. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles vs. Cowboys
20. Devin Funchess, Panthers at Steelers
21. Calvin Ridley, Falcons at Browns
22. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks at Rams
23. Amari Cooper, Cowboys at Eagles
24. Marvin Jones, Lions at Bears
25. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Dolphins
26. Kenny Golladay, Lions at Bears
27. Corey Davis, Titans vs. Patriots
28. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Chiefs
29. David Moore, Seahawks at Rams
30. Christian Kirk, Cardinals at Chiefs
31. Sterling Shepard, Giants at 49ers
32. DeSean Jackson, Bucs vs. Washington
33. Golden Tate, Eagles vs. Cowboys
34. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars at Colts
35. Anthony Miller, Bears vs. Lions
36. Tyrell Williams, Chargers at Raiders
37. Maurice Harris, Washington at Bucs
38. Tre'Quan Smith, Saints at Bengals
39. Jordy Nelson, Raiders vs. Chargers
40. Quincy Enunwa, Jets vs. Bills
41. Taylor Gabriel, Bears vs. Lions
42. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers vs. Giants
43. Mike Williams, Chargers at Raiders
44. Donte Moncrief, Jaguars at Colts
45. Allen Robinson, Bears vs. Lions
46. Kenny Stills, Dolphins at Packers
47. D.J. Moore, Panthers at Steelers
48. Pierre Garcon, 49ers vs. Giants
49. John Ross, Bengals vs. Saints
50. Antonio Callaway, Browns vs. Falcons
51. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons at Browns
52. Josh Doctson, Washington at Bucs
53. Dez Bryant, Saints at Bengals
54. Chris Godwin, Bucs vs. Washington
55. Cordarrelle Patterson, Patriots at Titans
56. Cole Beasley, Cowboys at Eagles
57. Randall Cobb, Packers vs. Dolphins
58. Danny Amendola, Dolphins at Packers
59. Rashard Higgins, Browns vs. Falcons
60. Zay Jones, Bills at Jets