Tony Romo Will Be Fantasy Football Star in 2013

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJuly 22, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 18:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo may not win enough games with the Dallas Cowboys to make the playoffs in 2013, but he's going to be a veritable fantasy football demigod this season. 

The Cowboys, along with the rest of the teams in the league, are beginning training camp and have high expectations for the upcoming NFL season.

At this time, Romo is easing his way back into the swing of things after recovering from a surgical procedure to remove a cyst from his back, as reported by Todd Archer of

All signs point to a full recovery and, by the time preseason games begin, Romo should look like himself again, as should the Cowboys' explosive passing attack. 

Even though Romo has posted a record under .500 over the past few years (17-21 since 2010), he's been one of the most dangerous and efficient quarterbacks in the NFL. During his last 38 starts, he's put up strong numbers, passing for 281.4 yards, 1.84 touchdowns and .95 interceptions per game. 

Dallas' offense could be even more dynamic this year, as the team has amassed an impressive collection of talent at the skill positions.

Dez Bryant is coming into his own as a legitimate superstar wide receiver. He caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and the ceiling of his potential has yet to be reached. 

Miles Austin has seen his production slump the past couple of years, but he's still capable of putting up another 1,000-yard, double-digit-touchdown season for the 'Boys. 

Though Jason Witten is getting up there in age at 31 years old, he enjoyed one of his finest professional seasons in 2012, hauling in 110 passes for 1,039 yards with three touchdowns. 

This year, Romo will have a couple of new weapons at his disposal, too. 

Rookie tight end Gavin Escobar was a highly touted prospect out of San Diego State this spring. The 6'6", 254-pound receiving tight end is the heir apparent to Witten, and the two of them will see plenty of time on the field together in two-tight-end sets.

Fellow rookie Joseph Randle (running back) is a player the Cowboys believe can become a "full-time back," according to Archer. He possesses the elusiveness and speed to make big plays in the open field and soft hands to facilitate those opportunities. 

Dallas will have plenty of chances to put up gaudy totals on offense, too. 

The team's defense is making the switch from a 3-4 scheme, which it has utilized primarily for years now, to a 4-3 scheme under "Tampa-2" guru Monte Kiffin. It's difficult to learn a new system, and you can be sure there will be some growing pains associated with the change.

Fantasy owners won't likely have Romo as a Round 1 or Round 2 guy, but he's going to produce this season like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and the other elite fantasy football quarterbacks in the league. 

With a fully loaded arsenal of offensive weaponry at his disposal, Romo will have another huge statistical season for the Cowboys and will be a fantastic fantasy option in the middle rounds.


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