Week 12 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tony Romo, 3 Other Dallas Cowboys to Start
Tony Romo and other Dallas Cowboys players have posted tremendous numbers recently. Romo is throwing the ball as well as just about any other quarterback lately. He is playing relatively mistake-free.
Other hot players include Laurent Robinson and Dan Bailey. Bailey is both the top kicker in the NFL and one of the best rookie kickers ever. Robinson was a fringe player at the beginning of the season, and now is among the most productive Cowboys pass-catchers.
However, is Robinson or Dez Bryant more worth starting on a person's fantasy team?
Too bad not everyone can start their entire fantasy team as Cowboys players just to settle the issue.
With the Cowboys on a roll, winning three straight games, some players are sure bets for fantasy owners to start as they face the 3-7 Miami Dolphins.
Following are four Cowboys players worth starting on the fantasy squad.
Romo has gone from the player who makes Cowboys fans want to cover their eyes when the game is on the line to the guy people trust the ball with.
Romo played very efficiently in the last three games. He threw eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in those games. Each of those games saw him notch a passer rating better than 100. Also, Romo threw for between 270 and 300 yards in those games.
For the season, Romo has been fantastic in some key areas. His vital statistics include a 99.4 quarterback rating, 2,800 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In four games, he threw for 300 yards and in seven games he threw for 270 yards. Seven games saw him post a quarterback rating better than 100.
Romo is up against a poor Dolphins pass defense. The Dolphins have the No. 24 pass defense (251.3 yards per game). While the Dolphins have only allowed 300 yards twice, Romo will be only the fourth passer they face with a quarterback rating better than 90.
Since this game will be close, watch for Romo to throw the ball numerous times. Romo should throw for more than 300 yards, notch three touchdowns and post a quarterback rating better than 100.
Bailey is an easy choice to start. If no one has discovered Bailey in a fantasy league, then it's time to pick him up.
Bailey is the best kicker in the league right now. He leads the league in field-goal percentage (.962), and is second in kicking points (100) and field goals made (25).
This season, Bailey has been the best friend of Romo and the Cowboys offense. In six games, Bailey notched at least 10 points. He swished multiple field goals in every game but the first. Cowboys fans can't forget how Bailey scored all 18 Cowboys points against the Washington Redskins in Week 3.
His last missed field goal came in Week 2.
While his alma mater, Oklahoma State, lost on Saturday, fantasy owners can't lose by starting Bailey.
Bryant is a solid call to start. While his numbers aren't what some might hope, he's doing a good job and getting better as the season progresses. Bryant has gained 65 yards in four of the last five games. In each game this season, Bryant has caught at least three passes.
Bryant's totals on the season are nice. He averages 16.7 yards per catch and has 585 yards and six touchdown catches, eighth in the NFL.
Sunday was a fine day for Bryant. Each of his three catches carried big impact. His first gave the Cowboys their first score. Bryant's third set up the game-winning field goal. Romo's second dart to Bryant went for 20 yards.
This could be a harbinger for a big game for Bryant. While he is yet to pick up a 100-yard game, look for him to notch one on Thursday. Also, he's odds on to score at least one touchdown.
Starting Bryant is a fine idea.
Jason Witten has been the key target for Romo this season. While other pass catchers have been up and down, Witten is a banner of consistency. In each of the first nine games, Witten caught at least four passes. He has touchdown catches in five of his last seven games.
Sunday was a nice affair for Witten. He had three catches for 85 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown catch.
Look for Romo to continue to focus a good amount of attention towards Witten.
By the way, the Dolphins are weak defending tight ends. They give up the eighth-most tight end fantasy points. Also, they've allowed four tight end touchdowns. One wouldn't be surprised if Witten adds to that total.
CBSSports.com calls Witten the No. 1 fantasy choice among tight ends for Week 12. That's quality advice for fantasy owners to consider.