The 2012 season was one to forget for the Dallas Cowboys. The team finished with a miserable 8-8 record and missed the playoffs yet again. To say the least, many fantasy football owners will be steering clear of the entire team in 2013.
One player that will most certainly rebound in 2013, though, is QB Tony Romo. He finished with rather decent numbers across the board last year, but his 19 interceptions left a sour taste in the mouth of plenty of fantasy owners.
Romo threw nine touchdowns in the first seven games last year, but unfortunately threw an embarrassing 13 picks. He really picked it up as they year went on, though. Despite the rough start, Romo finished with a respectable 19 touchdowns and just six interceptions in the remaining nine games.
Romo also finished the year with 4,903 passing yards along and 28 passing touchdowns, which are still top-10 numbers in any fantasy league you look at. People have been ripping Romo apart this off-season for all his turnovers, but the fact that he had almost 5,000 passing yards is certainly worth taking notice of.
He also completed an underrated 65.6 percent of his passes last year, which was much better than Tom Brady (63.0), Drew Brees (63.0), Eli Manning (59.9), and Andrew Luck (54.1).
Romo formed a strong rapport with WR Dez Bryant as the year moved on. Bryant hauled in a ridiculous 10 touchdowns in the Boys final eight games, so expect Romo to only get more comfortable with his number one receiver following another off-season of work. The duo will be an elite quarterback-receiver combo to target this season.
The main contributor to the Cowboys struggles last year was the team’s lack of a running game. Dallas finished 31st in the league in rushing the ball last year, and averaged just 79.1 yards per game. The team was without starting RB DeMarco Murray for the majority of the season, which was the primary reason for the offense’s appalling performance.
If Romo doesn’t have a steady running game, then he won’t get much room to work. Murray will enter the season healthy, so expect Romo to have a much better performance with less pressure on him.
Romo will once again be an elite fantasy quarterback in 2013; so don’t sleep on him too much. Romo may not be a top-five option, but he will definitely be a top-10 fantasy signal caller next season.