For the past several seasons, Fantasy Ballers have recognized and drafted Tony Romo as a great mid round QB option. For the most part, Romo has delivered for his fantasy owners over this span. Is this year status quo with Romo or is their cause for concern? This is difficult to answer. At this point in time (2nd week of preseason) I'm still unsure of the answer. How he looks the remainder of preseason may shed light on the truth.
In Defense of Romo;
First and foremost, Romo has been a very good NFL QB for the majority of his career. He is now a seasoned veteran who, if healthy, is in a great spot for fantasy success this season. New OC, Scott Linehan leans heavily on his QB and passing attack. Elite WR, Dez Bryant and solid complimentary options such as T.Willy and Witten make for a strong foundation for Linehan's offensive gameplan/scheme. Additionally, Dallas is destined to be involved in plenty of offensive shoot-outs given the state of their defense and their division opponents.
Cause for Concern;
Romo's back is F'd. It has been bothering him for seasons and he's had a number of back procedures done. Until late last season, (when he couldn't play in the Cowboys Division Title Game vs. PHI) Romo had been able to overcome his back issues and make most of his throws. Early signs from camp however, suggest that may not be the case any longer. Romo has been very inconsistent with his deep passes. The red flag is raised! Just how much has Romo lost on his throws. How will this hurt him, Dez and the Dallas offense? All good questions. One jab I'll take at Romo is that despite his back injuries, he still couldn't give up on his golf addiction. No Doctor would advise Romo to play golf like he was trying to make the PGA Tour as a remedy for his ailing back.
I haven't been targeting Romo in my drafts. I doubt I'll own him anywhere this season. However, if his ADP does take a serious nosedive, I may reconsider. One glimmer of hope for Romo is this. A lot of people doubted Peyton Manning would succeed after losing some of his arm strength last year due to neck surgery. Manning proved he was able to compensate for his decreased arm strength. A complete dedication to football and years of playing at a high level helped Manning to make the necessary adjustments in his approach. So maybe Romo can as well? On the other hand, Peyton wouldn't have played so much golf if he had back issues. Instead, he would have done everything in his power to get himself prepared and ready to play QB in the NFL. Maybe it's no coincidence that Peyton has a Superbowl ring and Romo doesn't? Many may be shocked to read this next sentence? I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Brandon Weeden at QB for Dallas at some point this season. This isn't meant to be a "hate on Romo and praise Peyton Manning piece." I'm simply sharing my opinion.
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