2013 Fantasy Football Week One Baller: Tony Romo

By Dustin Manko
Tony Romo
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For some reason fantasy football owners undervalue Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Admitted, I am a Cowboys fan, and Romo has some faults, but in terms of fantasy, he is on the verge of being a top tier fantasy quarterback. Yet most fantasy owners have Romo either as a QB2 in leagues that start two quarterbacks or a backup in leagues that start one.

Excluding the injury plagued 2010 season where Romo only played six games, he has thrown for at least 26 touchdowns every season since 2007. In 2008 Romo only played 13 games, but still hit the 3,448 yards passing mark. Every other full season he has played since being named the starter he has thrown for at least 4,000 yards. He finished 2012 with 4,903 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.

You need to make sure he is in your starting lineup tonight.

Tonight the Cowboys host the New York Giants and despite the real life record, Romo has destroyed the Giants statistically. In his last six full games against the Giants, Romo has thrown for more than 300 yards four times. He almost made if five of six with a 280 yard performance last January, but came short by a Dez Bryant pinky finger. One game saw Romo throw for 437 yards. In those same six games, Romo has thrown 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In that same six game span Romo has four games with two or more touchdowns, including twice throwing for three TD’s and once for four.

The Giants defense enters the game with some question marks. Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for the game tonight, and if he does play, he should be limited. Justin Tuck has some serious mileage on the tires. The Giants secondary is very beatable, finishing 2012 28th in passing defense. With weapons like Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten at Romo’s disposal, there is nothing showing me that the Giants secondary can do any better than they have in the past. Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara and Aaron Ross get beaten more often than Fox cancels quality television shows. Call me a homer, but I’ll take the Cowboys receivers over those defensive backs every single time. The picture gets even more favorable when considering the often injured DeMarco Murray is healthy and ready to go for the opener. His presence alone should help to keep the passing game open as the Giants will have to account for the dynamic runner and simply can’t drop back in coverage.

If you have Romo as your number two quarterback and for some reason don’t like the matchup your “starter” has, Romo is a sure fire choice to have a big game tonight. Get him in your starting lineup and enjoy the rewards.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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