The Rich get Richer

Oct 14, 2008

Yesterday we heard about Tony Romo going down with a broken pinkie.  The depression in Big D didn’t last long though as the Cowboys acquired one of their native sons.  The Wide Receiver Roy Williams returns to Texas where he was born and starred as a Longhorn.  When Romo does return, and I suspect it will be before the four weeks that everybody is reporting, he’ll have another weapon at his disposal.

So what does it do in fantasy circles?  For starters, I’d say it gives Brad Johnson and eventually Tony Romo an uptick in their values. When you add a playmaker to the mix, your QB almost always benefits.  I don’t see a big change for Marion Barber.  Teams already respected the Cowboys’ passing game.  Roy Williams’ value actually takes a little hit.  Yes, he’s part of a better team and better Offense, but there is a price to pay for that.  Instead of just sharing with Megatron, he has to share with T.O., Jason Witten, Patricky Crayton, Miles Austin, and Marion Barber.  T.O. and Witten will probably take a small step back because they will see less passes their way.  The guys who suffer the most will be Crayton and Austin.  Instead of being #2 & #3 WRs they move back to #3 & #4.  What’s worse is they are now 4th and 4th options. 

In Detroit Calvin Johnson’s stock goes up a little.  He’s clearly the go-to-guy now, as if he hadn’t already taken that title.  He’ll draw more double-teams, but he’s a freakish athlete that will still be able to get away from the pack.  Although with their QB situation, I’m not sure any Lions WRs are reliable.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Jason W
    October 14th, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    Oddly, I think this is one of those trades that doesn’t really benefit anyone, fantasy-wise. Williams will now have to compete with TO for catches (and you know how that turns out) while Detroit WRs in general were probably going to go down in value with the quarterback situation there. Plus, in the short term, Brad Johnson is no Tony Romo (and, IMHO, I think he’ll be awful for the Cowboys).

    I’d advocate trading away any of those WRs if you think you can get good value :)

  2. LestersLegends
    October 14th, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    I think BJ will be OK for the Boys. He doesn’t have a cannon, but he can make plays. You may be right about nobody really benefitting.

  3. LEV
    October 14th, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    I like the move as long as he can mesh with the huge ego of TO. Roy also seemed to be okay with the Lions drafting a new receiver every year and seems to be a player who simply wants to win. If the Cowboys can ink Williams to a contract extension (they are working on a 5-6 year deal) it will be well worth the price. I think Owens will reap immediate benefits as you can no longer double team and not worry that much about Crayton. You now have to worry about the very capable Williams.

    Were as the Boys got richer picking up Roy, they also suffered a big hit in losing Adam Jones for an indefinite amount of time. With Newman still nursing a hernia and the other Roy Williams out, the secondary couldn’t afford a hit like this. This could be a painful one. Mike Jenkins (Cowboys other 1st round draft pick) is poised to make his first NFL start this weekend. You don’t think Marc Bulger and Torry Holt are salivating?

  4. LestersLegends
    October 14th, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    Valid points, but A) PacMoron shouldn’t have been playing in the first place and B) his suspension is more than just.

    I feel for you losing Romo though.

  5. LEV
    October 15th, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    you are absolutely right on both points… his suspension is more than just. i’m all for it. it’s just a big blow to an already decimated secondary.

  6. LestersLegends
    October 15th, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    LEV – I agree, although Pacman hasn’t played like his pre-Make it Rain self. There are a lot of distractions in Big D right now. Not sure if Wade Phillips is the type of Coach that can weather the storm.

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