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Dez Bryant’s with Saints now; he’s a top NFL fantasy waiver pickup candidate

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints this week.
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints this week. TNS

Success in fantasy football requires continuous adjustment as the landscape is always changing. Such is the case this week as Dez Bryant (New Orleans) is now a Saint. There is a lot of talent on the Saints’ offense that demand touches, but this is a fantastic match for Bryant and there are plenty of fantasy points to go around in this offense.

Much like Josh Gordon has connected with Tom Brady in New England, Bryant will have the chance to contribute on a top-tier offense with a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.

Bryant should be the top waiver-wire pickup this week and he will be a must-start in Week 13 when he returns to Dallas to now play against the Cowboys.

There are some other wide receivers that should be on the radar for waiver-wire pickups, which again highlights the need to keep adjusting.

John Ross (Cincinnati) has returned from a groin injury that sidelined him a few weeks and he may suddenly be busy with A.J. Green (toe) slated to miss some time. Ross was the ninth overall pick in last year’s NFL draft, so he has talent and now he will have opportunity. Ross has two touchdowns on the year in limited touches (on seven receptions).

Maurice Harris (Washington) is on the fantasy radar off a career-high 10-catch, 124-yard game and opportunities should remain with Paul Richardson sent to injured reserve; plus this week he draws a Tampa Bay defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay) may not have the most upside, but he has turned into a useful fantasy asset of late. Over his past five games, Humphries has averaged 5.6 receptions and 63 yards per game and he comes into Week 10 off his first career two-touchdown game.

Other Play ‘Em

Phillip Rivers (LA Chargers) has averaged 312 passing yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game in his past five against Oakland and he should be good for similar numbers this week against an Raiders’ team allowing 31.5 points per game (second-most).

Drew Brees (New Orleans) will be out of the comfort of the home-dome this week but that shouldn’t slow him down much against a Cincinnati defense allowing a league-high 319.4 passing yards per game.

Tevin Coleman (Atlanta) comes into Week 10 off a huge 154-yard, two-touchdown game and he should be in-store for another big game this week against a Cleveland defense allowing 138.9 yards per game (fourth-most) and a league-high 1.6 rushing touchdowns per game.

Duke Johnson (Cleveland) comes into this week off a season-high 10 touches along with two touchdowns while Atlanta is allowing a league-high 8.5 receptions per game to opposing running backs.

Jordan Howard (Chicago) got back on track with two touchdowns last week and that momentum should continue this week against a Lions defense allowing a league-high 5.6 yards per carry.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Green Bay) should remain a strong fantasy option down the stretch with Geronimo Allison placed on injured reserve, and he’s a fine option this week as Valdes-Scantling has either scored a touchdown or had 100 yards in four straight games.

Christian Kirk (Arizona) and the rest of the Cardinals key skill-players have sleeper potential this week as they will likely need to play catch-up against the high-powered Chiefs, and against a defense that allows nearly three touchdowns per game.

Sit ’Em

So far life without Golden Tate yielded a 164-yard, zero-touchdown dud along with 10 sacks forMatthew Stafford (Detroit); playing at Chicago looks like another rough week for Stafford and the Lions’ offense this week.

Sony Michel (New England) is expected to make his return this week from a knee injury but it may be best to wait on him for a week to see his workload coming back from injury, plus Tennessee allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Nick Mullens will start again for the 49ers and while he had a promising first game, No. 1 wideout Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco) is best left on the bench. Goodwin reemerged with two touchdowns in Week 6 but he has just four receptions combined in his past three games.

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Alan Satterlee is in his sixth year of writing about fantasy football for The Charlotte Observer. Find him on Twitter at @Speedkills_DFW

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