Tony Romo: QB's Careless Mistakes Will Continue Costing Fantasy Owners

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after throwing his fifth interception against the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-18.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears was one colossal struggle for Tony Romo.

So much so that he was able to give us a variety of "struggle faces" via Blacksportsonline:

Does that look like a guy you want as your starting fantasy quarterback? No, it doesn't, and his numbers won't tell you anything different.

According to ESPN, Romo has 46 points in standard-scoring leagues. That puts him one point ahead of Blaine Gabbert, two ahead of Jake Locker and 54 points behind Robert Griffin III (leading all QBs with 100).

Needless to say, that's not very good. He's completed 101-of-151 passes this year for 1,148 yards, but his 5-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio is awful, to say the least.

Granted, five of those picks came on Monday night, and two of them were not his fault, but the blame doesn't matter in fantasy world.

All that matters is that he took points away from your team. In a Monday night game, who knows how many owners lost matchups on that fifth pick?

Romo has never been the most efficient quarterback, constantly drawing the ire of Cowboys fans. In seven seasons prior to this one, he's only thrown more than 15 interceptions once.

In the last three seasons, his highest mark was 10. With eight already this year, his final stat line definitely isn't on the right track.

His reputation as a crafty playmaker is no secret. Ask Jon Gruden; he'll tell you that Romo's feet are world class, but that doesn't help you when he's throwing the ball directly to the other team:

That's a picture of his fourth pick in Monday night's game. Miles Austin wasn't open; D.J. Moore was, and Romo obviously forgot which one played on his team.

At this point, Romo is a fine No. 2 QB. In fact, he's above average. But who wants to get docked for multiple interceptions every week.

Even in the games where he only throws one pick—like the two games prior to Monday night's debacle—he fails to put up No. 1 QB-like numbers.

Romo's name, and the Cowboys' reputation, will land him on a fantasy team most years, as it should, but don't start him until he proves himself worthy.

There are much better options at this point, and they aren't hard to find. Just peruse the ESPN scoring leaders that are linked above; you'll find plenty of capable signal-callers.

Romo's inconsistencies have made him one of the league's most maligned quarterbacks for years now, and nothing has changed.

When you're deciding who to start every week, take those interceptions into grave consideration.