Fantasy Player News by Dennis Farrell special to www.FantasyInsights.com
I’m starting to think fantasy football is more of a popularity contest then people actually playing to win. My first case in point is Tony Romo. What was your 1st thought when I said Tony Romo? He’s a bum? He’s only good for who he’s dating? Romo has been amazing fantasy fodder for us on the sidelines. But 2013 could be his year – the year that he solidifies his status as an upper level QB1. Romo went into camp with a better work ethic, more active leadership and responsibility, and most importantly, a more than favorable Fantasy Schedule.
His 2012 stats are shockingly good. Romo finished the year with 271 fantasy points, putting him 8th among QB last season. Yes, that’s right a top 8 fantasy QB that most people drafted in the 7th round in 12 team leagues. To put that in perspective, six QBs will be drafted in the first three rounds. Need more proof for Romo as a top value pick? For all the Good/Bad jokes about Romo the choker, he dispelled that notion by finishing the year 3rd in the NFL in total passing yards and yards per game, while finishing the year 6th in passing touchdowns. The biggest complaint I hear about Romo is that he makes too many completions to the opposing team, throwing 19 interceptions last year. But Drew Brees also had 19, and Andrew Luck had 18 for a proper frame of reference. The high interception rate is what hurts his fantasy rep, but remember that he did end the 2012 campaign 4th in completion percentage with 65.6%. Peyton Manning finished with 68%.
A look forward to the 2013 season:
From a pure fantasy perspective Romo will play 4 games against top ten defenses against the pass in yards allowed per game. Two of those games are against the Eagles, where last year he torched the hapless birds for 512 yards and 5 touchdowns. The other two match-ups are Chicago, who Romo burned for 307 yards and a TD, and a tough St.Louis Defense that nonetheless is vulnerable. Chicago and St.Louis are also the only two he faces off against with top ten Defenses in Passing Touchdowns allowed.
The nutshell is that Tony Romo’s schedule is littered with teams that are sub-par in allowing passing yards per game and Quarterback Passing TDs per game. A Callahan coordinated offense stripped away from Garrett combined with Romo’s newfound commitment to studying the playbook instead of his golfing scorecard could mean a steal for you on draft day.
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No one is paying any attention to Emmanuel Sanders in PIT – he’s the number 2 wideout on a pass happy offense who has performed whenever given a chance . . . Marc Trestman made fantasy gold out of Charlie Garner in Oakland, and he’ll do the same for Matt Forte who is undervalued as a 2nd round pick . . . Johnathan Franklin has been my guy since I stole him from Dish in the SiriusXM Dynasty League – now that practices have begun in Green Bay it’s clear he is the back to own . . . staying in Green Bay, no one is looking at Jordy Nelson as a top 10 WR anymore – even with his struggles last year he was performing at that level on an average points basis – he was just hurt . . . Kyle Williams has the best chance to win the starting spot opposite Anquan Boldin in SFO and is worth a late round flyer.
Dennis Farrell can be heard on the Fantasy Sideline Show on NBC Sports Radio in Detroit. He is also known as the “Fantasy Update Guy” on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and the co-host of the Podcast “Fantasy Insights with Dish & Dennis” Thursdays at 5pm EST on Blog Talk Radio Fantasy Sports Channel. Follow Dennis on twitter: @Dennis77Farrell.
Dennis Farrell is a contributing writer and member of FantasyInsights.com, the 1st privately owned fantasy football information website on the Internet in its 20th year.