Draft Zone: 12th Ranked Quarterback – Cowboys Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo is the 12th ranked quarterback in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 76, he’s likely to be taken either in the late sixth, early seventh rounds of standard 12-person fantasy draft.

Romo, who underwent back surgery in April to remove a cyst, recently received a 6-year $108 million contract extension this offseason. Many, if not all pundits would agree that Romo has yet to earn that kind of money with his play, especially with a less than satisfactory 1-3 playoff record.

Romo missed a majority of the 2010 season due to a shoulder injury, but was able to rebound strongly in 2011, throwing for 4,184 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions.

Last season he threw for a career high 4,903 yards along with 28 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Romo did not play in the Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins this offseason, however he’s expected to be 100 percent come week 1.

While he is coming off of surgery, there is no doubt in the NFL that Romo is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league, having played through broken ribs during the 2011 season. With an improving offensive line, and the likes of Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten to throw to, expect Romo to be able to put up over 4,100 yards and 25 touchdowns for the third straight season.

While he is not a top tier #1 fantasy quarterback, Romo should be considered an average #1 quarterback if he can shake the turnover issue he had last season. Romo should certainly not be considered before the sixth round and will likely be hanging around in the seventh. If you stacked up on other positions in previous rounds, Romo is a solid #1 quarterback option.

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