Go easy on him, Tony! He’s a rookie!
Tony Romo might be distressing for Cowboys fans at times but he won’t let down fantasy owners: over the last couple of season he has been a top 10 fantasy QB and because of his reputation he was available until the eight/ninth round in a lot of drafts. His value goes up not ony because of the type of offense that Dallas runs but also because of his many weapons, in particular Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Although Witten has been a bit inconsistent this season (75 fantasy points, only 4 TDs), he’s still a top 5 fantasy TE. Oh and, by the way, when he decides to retire I think that rookie TE Gavin Escobar will fill in nicely…after all, he’s learning from one of the best!
Another rookie is starting to make an impact since Miles Austin went down: Terrance Williams. After a breakout performance in week 5 (4 rec, 151 yards, TD) he racked up 36 points over the last four games and caught a pass in the end zone in four of the last five contest. The projections aren’t great but he might have a nice game since both teams will throw the ball a lot this week.
After a poor performance by Colston’s back up Nick Toon I believe Kenny Stills will see more targets: he has shown more reliability and last week’s big plays were focused on Meachem rather than on Stills so Sean Payton will (hopefully) shift the focus back to the rookie this week.
And now on to the running back section. Pierre Thomas is a good Flex option and I’d start him rather than Darren Sproles, even if the latter fully practiced this week. The Saints want and need to run the ball more often and Thomas is clearly the guy on running downs. Plus, the Cowboys are ranked 16th overall in rush defense.
After nine games we can affirm that the Saints have a pretty solid defensive unit but that doesn’t necessarily translate into huge fantasy numbers. Against Buffalo they produced 11 points (meh) and I was expecting big things last week. Apparently Chris Ivory didn’t like the trade and went Beast Mode. Result, 2 mere points. This week I would sit’ em, but don’t drop’ em just yet.
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