If you haven't heard by now, Dez Bryant was arrested on domestic violence charges and DeSoto, Texas police have decided to file a Class A misdemeanor family violence charge according to ESPNDallas.
So does this hurt Bryant's chances of a breakout fantasy football season? Has his potential sleeper status just been nullified, or are we looking at a double edged sword?
While the league hasn't officially laid down their own disciplinary actions yet, many suspect Bryant can face anywhere from a one-game to a three-game suspension. A single game won't mean much; three game suspension will.
What makes this a possible double edge sword, however, is the fact that without Bryant, Dallas will be forced to rely more on RB DeMarco Murray, TE Jason Witten and fellow WR Miles Austin.
Now a situation like this doesn't necessarily mean you should automatically elevate each individual's ranking—not yet anyway—but it is certainly an interesting development to keep a close eye on.
Once the league decides to react—which they almost certainly will—their reaction will create a ripple effect in the fantasy world. Some owners could sway away from Bryant, adjust their own rankings to the above mentioned players or not be swayed at all.
Once YOU begin to notice the ripple, pay close attention to how the rankings get adjusted and WHY. Compete in as many Mock Drafts to see if people are changing their approach with Bryant or other Cowboys players—have certain players gained mock popularity in light of Bryant's situation? Are people drafting Bryant later in the draft than the third? Are people just getting spooked and otherwise leaving him wide open?
And of course check back here frequently for guidance and advice.
A lot of these things could very well happen, and usually do when high profile fantasy players get in trouble with the law and the league, so you'd be wise to keep an eye on this as much as possible.
Remember, the more your know the better off you are!