2010 Fantasy Player Profile: Tony Romo
As long as we don’t have to hear about Terrell Owens crying in Dallas or another broken pinkie, there’s reason to believe that Tony Romo could have his finest fantasy season as a pro to date.
After Miles Austin’s unlikely emergence as a legit fantasy stud in 2009, Romo took off and got back to the type of production we were seeing out of him when he routinely had Owens at his disposal.
Throw in the already always consistent Jason Witten, and fantasy owners were feeling good about heading into the 2010 season with Romo in mind as their top fantasy quarterback.
However, with the recent signing of rookie star receiver Dez Bryant, and the impending battle with incumbent starter Roy Williams that will surely ensure, Romo’s fantasy star is on the rise.
We already know he has the perfect safety blanket (and then some) in Witten, is backed by a fairly reliable running game, is playing behind a stout offensive line, and now has a stud rookie that could make an immediate impact.
Oh, right, and then there’s that Austin character, the guy that everyone is questioning whether or not his amazing 2009 season was real or not.
You don’t have to buy into Austin, folks. Just buy into Romo. Yes, he’s displayed some shades of inconsistency over his brief career, but the end results don’t lie. The guy has tossed at least 26 touchdowns and 3,400 yards in each of the past three seasons, and had he not missed three games with a pinkie injury in 2008, he may have registered three straight 4,000-yard season.
You don’t need us to tell you his offense is stacked and that he can play with the best of them. A quick glance at his numbers and some game tape tells you all you need to know.
What you may not be catching onto, however, is that Romo could be your answer at the QB1 spot on your fantasy roster, and you’re not yet buying into it.
The doubt on Romo is starting to rub off. He’s now putting practice and team chemistry first, ahead of golf tournaments, and he’s turning the corner as a pro. That, and he just added an absolute beast who could take over from day one in the passing game.
Truthfully, you can grab Romo after round five in most standard league drafts. And the odds are, he’ll end 2010 with production very similar to Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady.
He’s already proved it in the yardage department for three straight seasons, and when he had a stud-ridden offense in 2007, he proved it in scoring with 36 touchdown passes.
In short, grab your running backs and receivers early, and swipe Romo from the draft board when everyone else is panicking over which average back or receiver to snag.