Tony Romo: Fantasy Draft Day Steal?

Feb 26, 2011

Tony Romo under Center
By Cy Holt
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Michael Boley’s collarbone-breaking hit on Tony Romo might have been the best thing to happen to his fantasy owners this coming year.
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Why do I say this?  Romo was lost for the year in week seven and underwent surgery to repair his shoulder. That could make fantasy owners look past him in their fantasy drafts. I mean why take a risk on a player who wasn’t healthy for more than half the year?  Why risk a pick on a quarterback whose shoulder could be damaged and could affect his throwing abilities this year?
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Good. Let them think that…
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Romo is an absolute steal in the fourth or fifth rounds of your draft. In the first  five games of 2010, the Cowboys quarterback threw for nearly 1600 yards and ten touchdowns. Romo averaged 18 fantasy points a game (ESPN standard scoring). Only one quarterback averaged more…the electrifying Michael Vick.
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Dallas QB coach Wade Wilson assured that Tony’s throwing motion was “back to normal”. He added that “he’s throwing great”. Wilson also stated that “his accuracy and acceleration are really, really good.”
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Also in Romo’s holster are three very talented wide receivers.  Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and sophomore Dez Bryant. Bryant is also coming off surgery, but he is expected to return for OTAs (assuming they have them). And did I mention one of the top tight ends in the game, Jason Witten.  Felix Jones, Marion Barber, and Tashard Choice form a three-headed monster at RB, which forces defenses to respect the run, opening up the passing game.
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The fact is many people won’t be willing to take a risk on him. But I know I will. And hopefully it will pay off.

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