Week 17 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tony Romo and 3 Other Dallas Cowboys to Start

Tom FirmeAnalyst IIDecember 27, 2011

Week 17 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tony Romo and 3 Other Dallas Cowboys to Start

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    Tony Romo missed out a putting up any sort of numbers in the Dallas Cowboys loss on Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles after he bruised his hand by hitting it on Jason Babin's helmet on the fourth play from scrimmage for the Cowboys

    Fantasy owners with Romo on their teams probably replicated Romo's bruise by punching walls with the fantasy points lost due to his injury.

    Fortunately for fantasy owners, no one swoons amidst their freak injuries like those suffered by Romo.

    Romo still looks to be a player to start for this week for those fantasy owners playing in fantasy championships or otherwise playing games this week.  Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are optimistic about his condition.  The rest on Saturday probably did Romo well.

    A few other Cowboys players would be worth starting this week along with Romo.

    Read along to find out.

Tony Romo

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    Romo looks like he's on track to start on Saturday.  According to the Star-Telegram, Romo's swelling has gone down.  Garrett was fairly positive when asked about it on Monday.  He said, "It looks like it's getting better. ...It looks like the swelling is going down.  We're hopeful he can practice on Wednesday."

    Jones told KTCK-AM 1310 on Monday, "It looked a lot better than it did the other night."

    That's very promising for the Cowboys.  Their prospects of winning on Sunday would be much slimmer if the swelling hadn't gone down. 

    Tony Romo should be in full form as long as his hand progresses as one would expect.  Since the Cowboys and Giants can be expected to run at full sprint in the game on Sunday, Romo could have a big game.  Matching his 21-for-31, 321-yard, four-touchdown performance a few weeks ago isn't out of question.

    Starting Romo is a safe move for fantasy owners.

Laurent Robinson

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    Laurent Robinson is coming off a rough game against the Eagles.  He only caught one ball for five yards.  Saturday was Robinson's quietest day since Week 1 when he didn't catch any passes.

    This is understandable when Romo was out and Stephen McGee chose safer throws on Saturday.

    Robinson should be back on his field-stretching game on Sunday.  He had four catches for 137 yards and a touchdown in the last Cowboys-Giants game.  Robinson will catch some deep balls and enter the end zone at least once against the Giants.

    Fantasy owners should feel assured about starting Robinson.

Miles Austin

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    Miles Austin had a nice game against the Eagles.  He caught four passes for 40 yards and was the only Cowboys receiver to get a touchdown.

    Austin has been in solid form since returning from his hamstring injury.  In the last three games, Austin has 13 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown in each game.  He had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown against the Giants in the last meeting.

    Expect Austin to get a decent amount of yards and a touchdown against the Giants on Sunday.

    Austin is a sure start for this week.

Jason Witten

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    Jason Witten, like other Cowboys receivers, took a hit in the numbers department with McGee playing most of the game on Saturday.  Witten caught his requisite four passes, but for only 24 yards. 

    Witten is now looking at a five-game touchdown-less streak.  Sometimes it's just a matter of where on the field the catch is made.

    Witten should pick up in yardage against the Giants.  He should get more yards per catch with Romo starting.  Maybe a touchdown will be in the works.

    Witten can never be counted out as a No. 1 tight end option.