Thursday, June 20, 2013
Fantasy hint: Matthew Stafford/Tony Romo?
By Kevin Seifert
Put aside Tony Romo's reputation for big-game failures and the annual accusations of "garbage yards" for Matthew Stafford. This is a fantasy discussion: If you had Romo and Stafford available for your team, whom would you choose?
This ESPN Fantasy Roundtable video offers some interesting and relevant points for both players, including the partial explanation for Stafford's drop in touchdown passes last season: Calvin Johnson was tackled near the 1-yard line a half-dozen times. And if opportunity is the first necessity for fantasy success, it must be noted that Stafford has attempted an NFL-high 1,390 passes in the past two seasons alone.
I've noted many times that I'm no fantasy wizard, and I know there are some people who are worried about the impact of Reggie Bush's arrival on Stafford's fantasy performance. If Bush stays healthy, I would be really surprised if Stafford approaches last season's total of 727 attempts. That could mean less yards, but better efficiency and balance could easily lead to more touchdown passes. And that's what everyone wants, right?