Although Tony Romo is the Dallas Cowboys‘ unquestioned starter for the 2014 NFL season, the potential retirement of backup quarterback Kyle Orton could mean disaster for Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams.
When you draft a wide receiver or tight end in fantasy football, it is important to understand who will be throwing the ball to your players. While he is not the most dominant force in fantasy, Romo has been a reliable option throughout the years. Romo has scored a minimum of 28 touchdowns in the past three seasons, and he has some great targets to maintain his touchdown total.
Wide receiver Bryant should be a huge fan of Romo, as he has had career seasons with the signal caller leading the attack. When you combine his 2012 and 2013 seasons, Bryant accumulated 2,615 receiving yards, nine games with a 100 or more receiving yards, and 25 touchdowns. Rookie WR Williams also had a nice season in 2013 with 736 receiving yards and five touchdowns, and TE Witten continues to have strong fantasy seasons year after year.
With several stars on the Cowboys, fantasy football players may wonder what the cause of concern would be if a backup quarterback retired. If Romo misses anytime due to injury, Brandon Weeden will become the starting quarterback. If that doesn’t scare you, you obviously don’t know who Weeden is. In his short NFL career, Weeden has never thrown more touchdowns than interceptions. Are you scared now?
Even though it was the first voluntary workout for the Cowboys, Orton ended up as a no-show. It is hard to completely pass on Bryant or Witten as they are two of the best players at their positions, but their fantasy value is strongly tied into who is throwing the ball. Orton has experience as a starter, and he can be plugged in to help a team stay competitive. The Cowboys would hurt greatly without him if Romo was forced to miss any playing time.
The key to fantasy success is to minimize your risks, and right now Dallas receivers are becoming risky draft choices.