I'm going on a similar theme to Indigo's Technically speaking. My question for this post is, who's higher on your list for fantasy, Miles Austin or Dez Bryant, and why?
I'm going with Dez Bryant. It's funny that people are saying Bryant is in danger of being a bust. Mickey Spangola of dallascowboys.com has an exception article on Dez Bryant here that I'll hit the highlights of to support why I'm picking Dez (it's a very interested read if you have time). He came into the league after serving nearly a year suspension in college (and only played two full college seasons). He didn't have much of an offseason his rookie year and was injured most of training camp. He still put up very respectable numbers for a 21 year-old rookie. Last year, he had no offseason and still improved his rookie numbers.
Most receivers "break out" in their third year. I expect Bryant to turn into the monster his skills say he's capable of being. According to every report I've heard or read, he is a star in camp this year. He's running better routes and is in the best shape of his young career. During an interview on NFL Total Access, first round pick Morris Claiborne was asked about the leaders on the team: he listed Dez Bryant as being one of the leaders.
Now, as far as fantasy goes, I like Austin a lot too. Everyone seems to be talking about the numbers Laurent Robinson put up as a number three WR; however, he was the number two in most games as it seemed when Austin was in Bryant was out and visa versa. The offseason with new Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Woicik (six super bowl rings while serving Dallas and New England in this capacity) should help these guys fend off the injury bug. I think both Autin and Bryant will be fantasy starters and put up great numbers. The only difference between the two is that I expect Bryant to be more consistent and be the bigger red zone threat.
I'll be hitting other combos on various teams in the future. Let's hear who you pick out of these two.