Richard Sherman reacts to Dez Bryant signing with New Orleans Saints

What Dez Bryant signing with the Saints means for fantasy football owners

Since the end of last season, heavy speculation arose about the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys parting ways with their longtime number one wide receiver, Dez Bryant.

Bryant, who's 30 years old, maintained solid production throughout his career with the Cowboys prior to being released this offseason. Since that banner year, Bryant has posted just 150 catches, 2,035 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past three seasons.

He'll get that help from Payton, and it could lead to a career renaissance, not unlike the one Larry Fitzgerald enjoyed after former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians convinced him to move to the slot.

And the news of Bryant's arrival in The Big Easy was met with excitement in the Saints' locker room.

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Right now, the Saints are converting more than 71 percent of their red zone appearances offensively into touchdowns. Drew Brees threw the ball just 23 times in a Week 8 win over the Minnesota Vikings, and then turned around and threw for 346 yards in a shootout win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9.

The Saints also have yet to receive consistent production from Cameron Meredith, a former Chicago receiving leader who was acquired in free agency, but who also is trying to come back from major knee surgery that wiped out his 2017 campaign. But his play fell off dramatically a year ago when he failed to register a single 100-yard game. Tre'Quan Smith, a third-round pick past year, has the second-most receiving yards for a wideout this season for the Saints at just 214 yards. Smith has seen 16 targets over the past four games, scoring all three touchdowns in that span.

New Orleans is hoping that Bryant can get up to speed quickly and form a lethal duo with Michael Thomas.

It's hard to argue that there's a better landing spot in the National Football League than this for Bryant. If he's on waivers in your fantasy league, he's a great option to add. Dallas runs one of the league's more static offenses. Moving forward, Bryant will be a WR3/flex as he learns the Saints offense, but his value may increase.

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