Tony Romo is one of the biggest fantasy questions this week. Not whether you should start him or not. You should (more on that in a moment). But the question is, if you are going to sit Romo, what is wrong with you?
Of course, if your other options are Kurt Warner, Drew Brees or Peyton Manning, then yeah, feel free to leave Romo on your bench. (You can check out Mr. Fabiano‘s quarterback rankings here, as he has Romo sixth.)
But you could be missing out on a big opportunity if you bench Romo.
The Steelers have been hard on quarterbacks this season, especially at home. Pittsburgh has allowed an average of 194 passing yard at home in six games, giving up seven touchdowns and recording five interceptions. But take a look at some of the quarterbacks in that group. Matt Schaub, Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Not many of them are going to sun themselves in Hawaii this February unless they purchase their own ticket. Schaub and Rivers combined for four of those interceptions. Is Pittsburgh’s ranking a product of the quarterbacks they are facing?
Eli Manning is kind of a wild card, because he’s not an elite fantasy quarterback — the team relies on the run — but he did pass for 199 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions earlier this year at Pittsburgh.
The real case study in this test group is Peyton Manning — the only quarterback in this group who is on Romo’s level. Manning passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns at Pittsburgh. And think about how you would have felt if you would have benched him for Shaun Hill.
The one caveat is that Marion Barber is dinged up and questionable for Sunday’s game. But again, Peyton received minimal help from his running game (62 yards) and still threw three touchdowns.
Come on, this is the playoff run. Don’t over-think these matchups.