Three and out: Take a chance on Romo

Romo expected to be ready: Cowboys QB Tony Romo has taken it slow during practice this week, but owner Jerry Jones says he expects the signal-caller to be ready to go for Sunday night’s contest with the Giants. Romo torched the G-men for 321 yards and four TDs when the two teams met in Week 14. With a bruised throwing hand, it might be a bit much to look for those types of numbers, but judging by how well he played earlier this year with fractured ribs and a punctured lung, it isn’t unreasonable to expect a quality fantasy performance. That’s also good news for WRs Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Laurent Robinson, who could have big games while going against the NFL’s 27th-ranked passing defense.

Roethlisberger listed as probable: All week, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been trying to work his way back on the field. It looks like he’s closer to getting there after being listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Cleveland has swallowed up fantasy quarterbacks this year, which would be bad news for a healthy Roethlisberger. It’s even worse news for a hobbled Big Ben. If you have a better (read: healthier) option for this week, that’s where you should look. In other news, it could be good news for WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, who can still make plays even if Roethlisberger isn’t 100 percent.

Bush ruled out: Dolphins RB Reggie Bush (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Jets, setting up Daniel Thomas as Miami’s No. 1 RB for Week 17. Earlier this season, the rookie was held to just 47 yards on 15 carries, but he was also splitting carries with Bush. Gang Green still has a slim shot at a playoff berth, which means their 15th-ranked rushing defense has a reason to be motivated. If you’re scrambling for a flex player, you can consider Thomas, but you might be better off looking elsewhere for help.

– Marcas Grant

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