Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Oakland Raiders
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Reinstated from a year-long suspension, Bryant nearly moped his way off the Steelers midseason after complaining about his role. The problem for Bryant was the emergence of playmaking rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster, who along with usage monsters Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, cut into Bryant's target share. Bryant still managed 84 targets in 15 games, but his per-play output (12.1 YPC, 7.1 YPT) was pedestrian, especially for a 6-4, 211-pound freak of nature who runs a 4.42 40 and has a 39-inch vertical leap - think Randy Moss from a physical standpoint. Accordingly, the Steelers traded Bryant to the Raiders on draft day for a third-round pick. Alas, with a potential suspension looming, the Raiders cut Bryant as Week 1 approached. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Raiders in September of 2018.
Debuts with four grabs
WROakland Raiders
September 16, 2018
Bryant caught all four of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to Denver.
ANALYSIS
Bryant made a 16-yard catch at the start of the second quarter that would end up as his big gain of the day. Still, the four targets were good for a share of second on the team with Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook. The Clemson product likely will depend on long plays in order to make an impact and therefore be a high-risk, high-reward option Week 3 at Miami.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    25
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2017
685
22
2018
25
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   6' 4"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   211 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.42 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.15 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   7.18 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length:   32.63 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.50 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   39 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   124 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   16 reps
GOOD
Oakland Raiders Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Bryant is the ultimate wild card this year -- at least while Josh Gordon is still banned from the league. Bryant had already missed 11 games in his first two seasons before sitting out all 2016 for substance abuse violations. Assuming he complies with reinstatement terms, Bryant should be cleared to play at some point during the preseason. Bryant has as much per-play upside as any WR. At 6-4, 211, with 4.42 speed, a huge catch radius and excellent ball skills, Bryant is physically similar to peak Randy Moss. And the results back that up -- 10 catches of 40-plus yards and 14 TDs on 141 career targets. Of course, Bryant is second fiddle with superstar Antonio Brown opposite him, and QB Ben Roethlisberger is not the same player he was when Bryant took the league by storm in 2014. But there's no serious threat to Bryant's role should he show up with his head on straight.
With so much talent, fantasy owners can only scratch their head and wonder “what if”. Bryant has already missed 11 games in his first two seasons and, after multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, will serve a minimum one-year suspension in 2016. He still has two years remaining on his contract with Pittsburgh, so he might be worth a late-round gamble in dynasty leagues with the hope that he is reinstated next season.
Yet another member of last year's historic rookie receiver class, Bryant didn't suit up until Week 7, due to a shoulder injury. Then despite seeing limited snaps, he racked up six touchdowns in his first four contests and eight over his first 10 games. Bryant's per-play numbers were off the charts — 21.1 YPC and 11.2 YPT on 49 targets — thanks to his ability to beat defenses deep (five of his 26 receptions were for 40 or more yards). At 6-4, 211, with 4.4 speed, Bryant has the specs of a star wideout and is the team's one target — besides tight end Heath Miller — ideally suited to red-zone work. But all-world wideout Antonio Brown and star tailback Le'Veon Bell (once he serves his two-game suspension) will occupy a large percentage of the team's play calls, and Markus Wheaton, rookie Sammie Coates and Miller give the Steelers more pass-catching depth than most teams. Alas, news broke in late August that Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy, which obviously curtails his early-season fantasy utility.
Bryant may have been very inconsistent in college, but at 6-4 and with 4.4 speed he brings size and speed elements to the Steelers that no other receiver on their roster possesses. In theory he'll be splitting playing time with second-year pro Markus Wheaton behind Antonio Brown and free agent Lance Moore, but it wouldn't be surprising if both youngsters got snaps at Moore's expense later in the season should Bryant show more polish than expected.
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Will play until suspension decision is made
WROakland Raiders
September 16, 2018
Bryant will be allowed to play for the Raiders until a verdict is rendered regarding his appeal of a year-long suspension from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Expected to suit up Week 2
WROakland Raiders
September 12, 2018
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday that Bryant is healthy and should be ready to play Sunday in Denver, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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Rejoins Raiders
WRFree Agent
September 11, 2018
Bryant signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
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Could return to Oakland
WRFree Agent
September 11, 2018
Bryant is visiting with the Raiders on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Facing year-long suspension
WRFree Agent
September 9, 2018
Bryant could face a year-long suspension for his latest violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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