Quarterbacks are a dime a dozen in this age of football. Passing has become more prominent and valuable quarterbacks are not as rare. There’s a famous quote from the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby that fits well here, “If you aint first, you’re last.” In layman’s terms, if you don’t draft one of the top-three quarterbacks early, wait until the very end to select one.
Case for Tony Romo
Romo has been one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks. He has finished in the top 10 in fantasy among quarterbacks each of the last three seasons. Compared to last year, he decreased his touchdowns and increased his touchdowns (31-10 in 2013 compared to 28-19 in 2012). The 31 touchdowns are tied for the 2nd-most in his career.
The Dallas Cowboys offense will be more fast-paced with Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator. He was the Offensive Coordinator for Dante Culpepper and Matthew Stafford, two quarterbacks who threw the ball a lot. With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten along with emerging No. 2 wide receiver Terrance Williams, Romo will have a great chance to be a four-time top-10 quarterback.
Case for Philip Rivers
After a poor 2012 campaign, Rivers bounced back and became a surprise fantasy quarterback. Under Mike McCoy’s new offensive scheme, Rivers shined in the short-passing game. Yet, he was one of the best at throwing the ball downfield. Rivers scored at least 18 points in eight games last year. Rivers finished with a career-high 69.5 completion percentage.
Rivers will have Keenan Allen at his disposal. After a great rookie season, Allen will be Rivers’ go-to option in the passing game. The San Diego Chargers offense will also see an emergence in Ladarius Green in his third season. With Antonio Gates getting up there in age, Green will begin to get more playing time.
This is a complete toss-up. Both quarterbacks have a top wide receiver and superstar tight end. The running game on both teams is a great compliment to both teams and the passing game. Just based on consistency and upside in the receiving corps, I would choose Romo over Rivers. However, you could do much worse if you wait too long for a quarterback.