Tony Romo will miss up to four weeks with a broken pinkie finger. That’s a devastating development for fantasy owners who’ve leaned on the quarterback this season.
Romo will miss the next three games (at St. Louis, vs. Tampa Bay, at N.Y. Giants) before Dallas’ bye. Barring setbacks, he should return in time for Week 11 at Washington.
Romo, who is fourth in fantasy points among all players on NFL.com, will be replaced by Brad Johnson. Johnson is an experienced veteran, but he doesn’t have the same sort of arm strength or mobility as Romo.
What’s more, Johnson isn’t a viable fantasy starter in most leagues unless the matchup is favorable.
His presence at the helm of the offense is also bad news for Terrell Owens. Just look at what’s happened to Randy Moss’ stock after Tom Brady went down for the season. Marion Barber and Felix Jones should see more catches out of the backfield with “Checkdown” Johnson under center, but each might also deal with more stacked fronts as opposing defenses give less respect to the pass.
Johnson is still someone to target off the waiver wire in leagues with 12-plus teams, if nothing more than to add depth at the position. But to lean on him in a prominent role, especially with the Buccaneers and Giants coming up on the schedule, will be detrimental to your fantasy title aspirations.