Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Tony Romo may not be one of the flashiest name on the draft board but when it comes to your fantasy football quarterback you could do much worse. Romo historically finishes in the top ten among all passers year in and year out. The fact that he is not a flashy name gives him a lower draft day price tag. Last season saw Tony Romo finish in the top seven in passing yards and top 5 in passing touchdowns. Romo will be on other people’s radar as well so do not wait to long to draft him. If you miss out on the big five this season, grab Romo somewhere around the 5th-7th round and enjoy another quality fantasy season at a fair price. If Romo goes down for the count like he did in 2010 grab Kyle Orton. Dallas has the weapons to make most quarterbacks shine and Orton has proven he can be a capable fantasy football quarterback. The jury is still out on Orton being a capable NFL quarterback.
Fantasy Football Running Back to Own -
The love may be going a bit far on Demarco Murray this year but I for one an buying it. This guy does carry the “injury prone” tag but his ability is too good to pass up. Murray has tremendous power and speed and showed it in limited starts last season. If you are picking in the latter part of the first round I could not blame you for drafting Murray as your number one fantasy running back, it could pay off dividends. The fact that the there are so many question marks at the running back position certainly has ballooned Demarco’s value but when you are on the clock and Murray is staring you in the face you may have no better choice. Murray’s “handcuff” is the decidedly un-exciting Felix Jones. Jones has had many chances to take the lead back role in Dallas and every time failed to impress. I would not reach to get him but if Felix falls into your lap in the later rounds of your fantasy draft it couldn’t hurt to pick him up. Should Jones need to be deployed I would not expect nearly the same output but he could serve as a low end number two fantasy football running back.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin cannibalize off one another a bit making both of them low end number one fantasy wide receivers. Both have great speed and great skills but they can’t both go off every week. Tony Romo has a tendency to lock onto a certain player and feed him until he is full. This is the very reason Miles Austin received his heavy contract and remains on our fantasy football radars. Both are injury risks and Dez Bryant is a bit of a knucklehead, so there is risk for either player. The rewards far outweigh the risk but if I had to own one I’m taking Austin. Romo will have weeks where he simply locks onto Miles allowing him to go ballistic for 180 yard, 3 touchdown games. Keep Kevin Ogletree on your watch list in deeper leagues. The guy has a ton of speed and one of the top two wide outs will go down sometime in 2012. Ogletree could serve as a bye week filler or number 3 wide receiver if things get dire.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own -
Jason Witten is as steady as they come. He always gets his yards and targets. The touchdowns are usually lacking but we have come to expect that from Witten. Surprisingly his best touchdown scoring season in recent memory came in 2010 when Romo was out with a broken clavicle. Witten will need to be drafted somewhere around the 5-6 round in 12 team leagues but should provide good return on your investment. Keep an eye on this spleen injury. If Jason misses any significant his backups are an absolute grab bag of nonsense. I for one will not looking for any other Dallas tight end on the waiver wire if Witten cannot go in week one.
Fantasy Football Defense / Special Teams -
Dallas has a strong unit up front that can really get to the quarterback. Demarcus Ware is a fantasy football IDP stud. Draft him anywhere beyond round 8-9 in your 12 team IDP drafts. Dallas’s stud linebacker, Sean Lee, has proven to be tackling machine. Lee has a knack for flying to the ball and has shown great instincts as the Cowboys Mike linebacker. I expect him to amongst the top 10 fantasy linebackers at years end. The secondary does not have any IDP starters just yet but the front office has made a few moves to try and prevent the flood gate scoring the Cowboys allowed at times in 2011. As a unit you could do worse, but you could certainly do better. Keep an eye on the Dallas defense. If they start to play like they are capable and keep their opponents scoring chances down they could be a force to be reckoned with in 2012.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own -
Dan Bailey has proven his consistency and leg strength. The fact that he is tied to a potentially potent Cowboys offense automatically makes him a top 10 kicker. You will not need to take him before the last round of your fantasy draft in any format as he does not carry the big name like Stephen Gostkowski, Mason Crosby or David Akers.
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