A lot of responsibility comes with playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys and Eagles have two of the highest profiles in the league, and they play in the NFC East, likely the league's most visible division. They've traditionally been competitive, especially in recent years. But let's forget all that boring, practical, real-life stuff. For our purposes, the quarterbacks of these two teams have enjoyed some of fantasy's best weapons the last few years. Coming into the year, most of us in the fantasy community thought Tony Romo and Michael Vick had likely seen their best days but remained strong second-tier options, especially given the skill players at their disposal.
That's why Romo and Vick have been so disappointing.
There isn't any good reason why Vick should be the 14th-ranked quarterback and Romo the 21st. Sam Bradford is 19th. Christian Ponder is 17th. Andy Dalton is 13th. Josh Freeman is 11th. I don't think anyone would confuse the Rams' skill players for Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten. Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson are great, but they don't quite match up with the foursome in Dallas. And that's without factoring in the gap in talent that separates Romo from Bradford and Ponder. The differences in weapons and talent aren't quite as stark between Vick, Dalton and Freeman, but the Bengals and Buccaneers would at least think about flopping their skill players for the Eagles', straight up, for this year only. Quite simply, while we rightly expected less from Romo and Vick this year, we just as rightly expected more than this.
Here's the good news for those of you who have held onto these two embattled NFC East quarterbacks, whether out of loyalty, a lack of options or sadism: Things are about to get a whole lot better. Romo has had two strong fantasy performances in his last three games, and he's got two games with the Eagles and one apiece against the Browns, Redskins and Bengals on the schedule. If you're lucky enough to be playing in Week 16, Championship Week in most fantasy leagues, you'll be treated to a tasty matchup against the Saints.
Vick gets those same Saints this week to get himself back on track and save his job. Assuming he can do that, he'll play those same two games against the Cowboys, with two more against the Redskins and individual dates with the Panthers, Buccaneers and Bengals. That, too, is a friendly schedule for a passer. As poorly as Vick has played from a real-life standpoint, his rushing yards have saved him in fantasy. They turned a 12-point game into a 16-point game last week and a 14-point game into a 19-point game in Week 4. He has only scored fewer than 15 points once in standard scoring leagues this year.
So yes, Romo and Vick have a ton of responsibility as the respective faces of two of the league's flagship franchises, not to mention countless fantasy teams from coast-to-coast. This is the week they'll both start to turn it around. And that's what I think.
Here's what I think about what other people think this week:
• At RotoWire (subscription required), Derek VanRiper
• The Yahoo! guys gave us their weekly over/under column, and one prop particularly caught my eye. All three writers say
• Matthew Berry at ESPN
• At NFL.com, Michael Fabiano got a question in his mailbag from a fantasy player who
• Nathan Zegura at CBS.com tells fantasy owners they should
• Let's take a trip back over to RotoWire (subscription still required). Mario Puig's five things to know this week tells us that
• Finally, we'll swing by Yahoo! once more and take a look at Andy Behrens' 7-on-7, in which he informs us that