I wouldn't call myself a Dez Bryant fan. It was understandable that Dallas released him rather than pay him the money they owed him to be out there as a non-difference-making, injury-prone veteran who no longer has any separation skills. That being said, I'm a little surprised that he doesn't have a job yet.

The Ravens, who had an inexplicable offseason of throwing money at marginal receivers (even when they later thought better of it, as with Ryan Grant), offered Bryant a multi-year deal that he (unwisely, it seems) turned down. I saw a report last week that said the 49ers are considered the favorite to sign Dez, which I guess makes sense with them only having Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon (coming off injury) as sure things. I'd link to that story but it gave me a warning message that I'd contracted a virus, always fun. But you can find it if you wish.

But whatever the case, he's available. He'll sign somewhere eventually, and I think he makes sense as a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.

Bryant caught 69 passes for 838 yards and 4 TDs last season. Not numbers anyone will run to secure in their leagues, but you may be surprised to learn only 15 players caught more passes in 2017.

Jarvis Landry, Mia.1129879
Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.10911566
Michael Thomas, N.O.10412455
Keenan Allen, LAC10213937
Antonio Brown, Pitt.10115339
DeAndre Hopkins, Hou.96137813
Golden Tate, Det.9210035
Adam Thielen, Minn.9112764
Julio Jones, Atl.8814443
Demaryius Thomas, Den.839495
Tyreek Hill, K.C.7511838
A.J. Green, Cin.7510788
Doug Baldwin, Sea.759918
Davante Adams, G.B.7488510
Mike Evans, T.B.7110015
Dez Bryant, Dall.698386
Mohamed Sanu, Atl.677039
Jamison Crowder, Wash.667893
Randall Cobb, G.B.666534
Brandin Cooks, N.E.6510827
Jermaine Kearse, NYJ658105
Stefon Diggs, Minn.648498
Robby Anderson, NYJ639417
Devin Funchess, Car.638408
Cooper Kupp, LAR628695
Nelson Agholor, Phil.627689
Marvin Jones, Det.6111019
Danny Amendola, N.E.616592
Adam Humphries, T.B.616311
Sterling Shepard, NYG597312
Kendall Wright, Chi.596141
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pitt.589178
Kenny Stills, Mia.588476
Michael Crabtree, Oak.586189
T.Y. Hilton, Ind.579664
DeVante Parker, Mia.576701
Marquise Goodwin, S.F.569622
Robert Woods, LAR567815
Alshon Jeffery, Phil.5678110
Marqise Lee, Jac.567023
Eric Decker, Tenn.545631
Rishard Matthews, Tenn.537954
Ted Ginn, N.O.537874
Terrance Williams, Dall.535680
Jordy Nelson, G.B.534826
Mike Wallace, Balt.527484
Brandon LaFell, Cin.525483
DeSean Jackson, T.B.506683
Martavis Bryant, Pitt.506033
Kelvin Benjamin, Buf.-Car.486923
Amari Cooper, Oak.486807
Emmanuel Sanders, Den.475552
Ryan Grant, Wash.455734
Tyler Lockett, Sea.455553
Paul Richardson, Sea.447036
Tyrell Williams, LAC437284
Seth Roberts, Oak.434551
Pierre Garcon, S.F.405000
Jeremy Maclin, Balt.404403

To be clear: I'm not really expecting Bryant to sign somewhere and set the world afire. Injuries and perhaps the mileage have caught up with him, and maybe he has an inflated view of his own worth.

But I think he will sign somewhere either on the eve of training camp or during, and I won't be surprised if he's a starter, a No. 1 or No. 2. You could do worse at where he's likely being drafted in early best-ball leagues.

--Andy Richardson