Here’s our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day…
Tony Romo has bargain potential: NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011 revealed Romo as the 72nd-best player, as voted by his peers. That sparked some debate with our panel of NFL.com experts, most of whom agree with Romo’s ranking. Shifting to the world of fantasy football, I think Romo could become one of the best draft values of the year. His stock has dropped some after missing most of last season with a fractured collarbone, but Romo isn’t suddenly brittle — he averaged a very solid 15 starts in the previous three years. He was also on pace to record better than 5,000 passing yards and more fantasy points than Tom Brady after his five full starts in 2010. With what should be an improved offensive line, a ton of talented weapons around him and a schedule that includes seven games against teams that were in the top 10 in allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last season, Romo could offer some truly elite numbers for just a middle-round price tag.
Jonathan Stewart could break out: If I could make a wish pertaining to fantasy football, I would ask that the Panthers let DeAngelo Williams leave as a free agent this offseason. That would open the door for Stewart to become the 2011 version of Arian Foster. NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche agrees, pegging Stewart as one of the league’s best backs if Williams is out of the mix. The talented Oregon product, who already has a 1,000-yard season on his NFL resume, could be a major bell cow in a run-based offense under new coach Ron Rivera. With a favorable schedule on the horizon, I can see Stewart finishing as a top-five runner based on fantasy points.
Donovan McNabb belongs in purple: In the middle of the longest work stoppage in the NFL’s history, speculation about where players will land once transactions are allowed is rampant. I jumped on the bandwagon yesterday, looking at the quarterback position and the best destinations from a fantasy perspective. NFL.com’s Vic Carucci weighed in on onwith the Vikings. From a fantasy perspective, I’d welcome a move to Minnesota. McNabb knows the offense, has a history with coach Leslie Frazier and would be a nice bridge to Christian Ponder. McNabb would also make Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin much more attractive from in fantasy land. While he is past his prime, keep in mind that McNabb was on pace to post a career best in passing yards last season before he was benched.