Dez does it again; Foster disappoints 

December, 23, 2012
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is viewed as the game's best receiver, and with the league's single-season receiving yards record now his, thanks to his Saturday night performance, he certainly has pleased his fantasy owners. However, Johnson will not enter Week 17 as fantasy's hottest wide receiver; that honor will belong to talented Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant. Once seen as an immature underachiever, Bryant dominated Sunday's matchup with the New Orleans Saints, scoring a Week 16-best 34 fantasy points, which continued his top-flight emergence.

Bryant registered 224 receiving yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, giving him 134 standard fantasy points over the past seven games, an average of 19.1 per, the most at the position. Yes, that's even more points than Johnson (128 points), and 30 more than No. 3 guy Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans has in that span since Week 10. While Calvin Johnson still holds the edge in standard season scoring, he'll enter Week 17 with a relatively disappointing five touchdowns. Bryant has scored touchdowns in seven consecutive games (10 in that span), features four multi-touchdown games this season, and willl enter the final week second only to Green Bay Packers scoring machine James Jones in receiving touchdowns.

Certainly any concerns fantasy owners had about Bryant's busted left index finger, which had him questionable for the final three games and will require offseason surgery, have been assuaged. Bryant scored on a pair of 58-yard plays in the second quarter Sunday, aiding those in formats that count longer plays. Incredibly, back in September, the Bryant stories were mainly negative, with off-field decision-making requiring the team assign him handlers off the field, and on the field he reached 100 receiving yards only once in his first 31 career games. He has reached that mark five times since October began, however, and there's every reason to believe another signature performance is pending in Week 17 as the NFC East title will be decided by the Cowboys-Washington Redskins game. The Redskins, by the way, entered Sunday as the second-easiest for opposing wide receivers to accrue fantasy points against.

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