Fantasy football: Deconstructing America's Team
How 'bout them Cowboys?
The mainstream media loves to bash Romo. They crush him for his NFL playoff meltdowns and careless passes. They hammer him for relationships with gorgeous women. It's tough being the Romo-nator. Okay, outside of the part about him spending his off-the-field time with
Romo has a tough Week 1 road matchup. The Bucs were the fourth-ranked pass defense last year, averaging 187.3 passing yards per game. Granted, there's a new coaching unit in Tampa, but this group will still be stingy against an air attack. The Dallas offense will attempt to establish its rush-heavy identity early in the season. Romo is a back-end fantasy starter this week. Go a different direction if you have a solid reserve with a good matchup.
This squad arguably has the best RB depth in the league.
The 'Boys will pound Barber and company in Week 1. Surprisingly, the vaunted Bucs D only ranked 18th in rushing defense last year allowing 118.8 rushing yards per game. Don't shy away from Barber in this matchup. Jones will also break one long run against this aging defense. Don't be afraid to use him at a flex spot; he will have a sweet game if he's able to hit pay dirt on one of his runs from between the 20s.
Nope. C'mon, there's only one T.O. -- you know that. Williams also doesn't have Owens' skill set. People love to make excuses for Williams' pathetic performance last year where he caught a mere 19 balls in 10 games. Sure, it didn't help that he was learning the playbook on the fly and developing chemistry with Romo. Nevertheless, he was in a potent offense and should have benefited from single-man coverage with Owens on the other side. While Williams is strong with great hands, he lacks the speed and crisp route running to be a top WR. Think
Williams' will struggle in this Week One match-up no matter which Tampa Bay cornerback sticks him. In fact, based on the defensive opponent, the fact it's a road game, and the questions surrounding Williams' bruised shoulder, I would put the overrated WR on the fantasy bench in Week 1. Don't even look at any of the other Dallas wideouts in this game.
Witten is a must-start every fantasy week. He will be targeted early and often at the beginning of the season because Romo will be looking for his pet receiving option as the offense finds itself. All Average Draft Positions provided by