Few players polarize NFL fans like Tony Romo (unless your name rhymes with Jim Kneebow and you play for the New York Jets). Some of it has to do with being the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys — a job that can never escape the glare of the spotlight. But it’s also because Romo might epitomize the distinction between real and fantasy football.
Yet you can argue for Romo being an elite quarterback. In two of the past three seasons, he’s finished the season in the top seven among fantasy QBs. The only other guys who can make that claim are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers — all undoubtedly elite. The one year Romo missed that group was 2010, when injuries limited him to just six games. Romo has also averaged 15 or more fantasy points per game every season since 2007, when he took over as Dallas’ full-time starter.
He’s also surrounded with playmakers. Dez Bryant has had plenty of off-field issues and Miles Austin’s hamstrings have recently had more problems than a high-school math class, but when they’re on the field, Dallas’ passing game is as formidable as any in the league. The emergence of DeMarco Murray won’t hurt, either. The Cowboys aren’t afraid to put the ball in Romo’s hands frequently, so he’ll have ample opportunity to put up points.
But mention him as a prospect on Twitter and you’ll be flooded with comments about playoff losses and late game fold-ups. Those are all valid points … in real football. However, until fantasy leagues start playing meaningful games after Week 16 of the regular season, Romo’s misadventures in January shouldn’t have any impact on his worth in August.
– Marcas Grant
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