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Fantasy Football: Miles Austin, Dez Bryant Explosive, But Risky, Wide Receivers

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys could have one of the more explosive offenses in the National Football League in 2012. The Cowboys, when healthy, will have Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Austin Miles leading the offensive attack -- and every one of those players has big time playmaking ability.

With how vertical the league has become, both Miles and Bryant could provide a pretty big boost to your fantasy team. Though they boast tons of talent, they are both risky players to draft.

Yahoo! Sports ranks Miles and Bryant No. 14 and No. 19 among wide receivers, respectively. That makes Miles a borderline WR1 and excellent WR2, while it makes Bryant a very solid WR2, but with WR1 potential.

One of the problems surrounding both wide outs is health. Miles was plagued by injuries last year, which limited him to just 43 receptions in 10 games, and he's already suffered a hamstring strain in camp.

Bryant, who is entering his third year, has had his share of off the field problems, and also has some tightness in his hamstring. Bryant is a game-time decision for Dallas' Monday Night Football preseason opener against the Raiders on Monday night as a consequence.

Drafting either Miles or Bryant is somewhat of a risk, but it's a risk that yields a heavy reward. Both wide receivers need to stay healthy, and equally importantly, they need Tony Romo to stay healthy, too.

I would be comfortable taking either player no earlier than the late third round, and if they're left on the board in the fourth or fifth rounds, they could easily provide a steal.

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