A trio of injured Dallas Cowboys muddy the O's fantasy waters

      August 22, 2012 @ 16:59:27 PDT

I am downright frightened by the rash of injuries among Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's targets. Dez Bryant is battling knee tendonitis, Jason Witten is recovering from a lacerated spleen, and Miles Austin's hamstring is more tenuous than Jonathan Vilma's relationship with Roger Goodell.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Making me nervous

Just how scared should fantasy owners be? I wish I had a definitive answer, although I am close to jumping ship on the entire offense. Not only do those three key components of the offense and fantasy rosters have significant question marks about their virtual value, Tony Romo may no longer be worth a QB1 selection. The John Phillipses and Kevin Ogletrees of the world will have to step up their game if they see extensive playing time.

DeMarco Murray could suffer, too, as defenses will be able to stack the box if Romo's arsenal no longer intimidates anyone.

I'm counting on Witten returning with abdomen protection for Week 2. Bryant and Austin have me feeling helpless, as I own both in a few leagues.

For now, downgrade Romo to a borderline No. 1. Murray is a quality RB2, but he is drafted as a low-end first back. Witten is tough and should be OK if you can afford to lose him for a game or two. Austin is probably the riskiest pick from a healthy standpoint, whereas Bryant's slew of off-the-field reasons to doubt him take center stage to the tendonitis. Both are risky WR2 options with better value as No. 3 selections.


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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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