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Make the Right Call: Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas?

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It's time to "Make the Right Call," and once again we asked you for questions on Twitter. Read my answers below, or hear Elliot Harrison's answers in the video above. Or do both. A little extra information never hurt anybody, right?

Who will be more valuable in fantasy: Joique Bell or Ameer Abdullah?


I've been on the Ameer Abdullah hype train all year, and let me tell you, it's getting quite crowded, but for good reason. The rookie out of Nebraska is explosive, and proved it on the field against the Jets in the preseason. Bell has been a good back for the Lions for years, but Abdullah provides this team a dynamic presence they haven't had in the backfield in years. Abdullah could very easily lead this backfield in touches, and warrants a look in the fourth or fifth round of fantasy drafts this fall. Bell is still working his way back from knee and Achilles injuries, meanwhile, and his fantasy stock is sure to suffer.

Who should I draft: Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas?


In the video above, Elliot Harrison (a noted Cowboys fan) opted for Bryant. But I don't think that's homerism, I think that's just good sense. Bryant is one of the most dominant wide receivers in the league, and with DeMarco Murray out of the picture, could be counted on even more. He's a lock for double-digit touchdowns once again. Thomas is also a great option, but I like him a little less than Dez. His offense could focus more on the run, and has more dynamic passing game options than Dallas (mainly, Emmanuel Sanders). They both probably have similar floors, but Bryant has more upside which is always what you want to target in fantasy.

Who should I draft: Steve Smith Sr. or Andre Johnson?


Good question. Both are fantastic, aging wideouts in strong offenses. Triple S is the No. 1 option for the Ravens, while Johnson is the No. 2 for the Colts, yet, I'd still side with Johnson here. Johnson has a true No. 1 threat across from him in T.Y. Hilton, and the better quarterback under center in Andrew Luck. Smith will have to battle top cornerbacks and bracket coverage, while Johnson should be able to feast in the intermediate areas of the field with Hilton stretching defenses deep. Smith should still have a productive season, but Johnson is the one to target in fantasy for the massive upside his offense provides.

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In a 14-team PPR keeper league, do I keep Andrew Luck, Dez Bryant or Rob Gronkowski?


Keeper questions are always tough without knowing more about the rules of the league, but I still think there's an ovious answer here: keep Gronk. The tight end position gets frighteningly thin after Gronk, and having that week-to-week positional advantage over your opponents (especially in a 14-team, PPR league) will be a huge benefit. There should be plenty of good wide receivers to target who won't be kept and have huge PPR-upside, like Jarvis Landry, Julian Edelman and Jordan Matthews. A case could be made to keep any of the players listed here, but the depth at wide receiver and quarterback is safer to bank on than giving up the top tight end in all of fantasy.

-- Alex Gelhar is a fantasy football writer/editor for NFL.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlexGelhar.

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