Dez is great, but he's not Megatron

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a 5-yard touchdown reception as Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (30) defends in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a 5-yard touchdown reception as Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (30) defends in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Posted: October 30, 2013

Barry was better than Emmitt.

And Calvin is better than Dez.

For all his toughness, mind-boggling durability and irrefutable role in the Cowboys' dominance of the early 1990s, nobody but a diehard Dallas fan would honestly select Emmitt Smith over Barry Sanders as their featured running back.

I know, I know . . . Barry quit. Emmitt never did (though many wished he had sooner). I get it. But the debate is not about which player had a bigger heart, or was more loyal to his team. It's about being the best.

Dez Bryant showed his heart - and, arguably, his immaturity - on the sideline of Sunday's shootout in Detroit. And he likewise flashed the brilliance that has landed him, justifiably, in the same conversation with Calvin Johnson as one of the best receivers in today's NFL.

But Johnson's near-record 329-yard performance served as an emphatic statement that cannot be denied. He is in a class by himself. Hands down.

Decades may pass before Lions fans can lay claim to as many Lombardi trophies as those surrounding the Cowboys' star. But Motown will always have Barry. And now, Megatron.

Debate over.

Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.

Catch 'em while you can

Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: The rookie won't be available in four out of five leagues much longer, after he torched the Falcons for 154 yards, including an 80-yard scoring run. The concern with Ellington is his small frame, which keeps the Cardinals from giving him a large number of carries. Perhaps his performance Sunday will vault him over Rashard Mendenhall in the backfield pecking order.

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals: Is there any doubt Jones will be this week's most sought-after free agent? A 122-yard, four-TD game tends to grab the attention of fantasy enthusiasts. It's just a shame we weren't focusing earlier, as Jones was amassing 128 yards and two TDs over the previous two games. Cincinnati finally has a worthy complement to A.J. Green.

Kenny Stills, WR, Saints: Though he has the look of a boom-or-bust type of receiver, we can't overlook Stills' 129-yard, 2-TD outing against the Bills. Drew Brees has now connected with his rookie wideout for three scores in the last two games, so Sunday's outing was no fluke. He's a decent consolation prize for those missing out on Jones.

Don't be fooled

Dexter McCluster, WR, Chiefs: Though the multi-purpose playmaker has overshadowed Dwayne Bowe of late, that's more a sign of Bowe's fading fantasy relevance than McCluster's sudden emergence. McCluster's first scoring reception of 2013 leaves him one shy of his career-best showing in 2011. Move along. There's nothing to see here.

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