Fantasy Football Week 1 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Keep Tony Romo on Bench Against Jets

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up during a Pre-Season NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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So you drafted Tony Romo and you're all excited that he’s finally back in action—you can’t wait to start him.

Don’t do it.

The schedule makers did him no favors by making the Dallas Cowboys travel to New York to take on the Jets on Sunday Night Football.

In case you didn’t know, the Jets have one of the best pass defenses in the league with a ferocious pas rush and a shutdown corner in Darrelle Revis.

They were the sixth-stingiest team against the pass a year ago and the defense created a whopping 30 turnovers. They are extremely aggressive and force quarterbacks to make bad decisions.

Meanwhile, Tony Romo, who is fresh off a broken clavicle and a wedding, enters 2011 with cobwebs dangling from his arms. He hasn’t been in a regular-season NFL game since October, 2010.

The timing with receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant is going to be off at first. Once they get the reps in, everything will be okay.

Too bad the Jets aren’t going to wait for that to happen.

Expect the pressure to rattle Romo early, and a bad interception will have the New Meadowlands crowd in a frenzy. That will cause Romo to force the ball into tight coverage even more, and the end result is not going to be pretty.

I like Romo as a fantasy option, I really do. He has two top-flight receivers and a incredibly reliable tight end in Jason Witten.

Yet the O-line and running game enter the year with huge question marks that will be put on full display against the Jets.

Hopefully you have a solid backup to start in Week 1, because Romo is going to be a fantasy dud.

Besides, imagine the wacky and exotic coverages Jets head coach Rex Ryan has up his sleeve with an entire offseason to prepare.

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