Published On: Sat, Aug 27th, 2016

Fantasy Fallout: Romo's broken bone breaks fantasy value of him and Dez

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Here are the fantasy implications of Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo suffering a broken bone in his back. Romo is expected to be out 6-10 weeks.

With reports indicating a lengthy timeline for Romo’s recovery, the immediate fantasy implications are quite clear. Romo should be eliminated from all draft boards as a possible QB option, WR Dez Bryant should see a drop in his value, and the value of rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott will gain further steam.

The biggest fantasy implication with the loss of Romo will undoubtedly be felt by star wideout Bryant. Bryant, who is a late-first round pick, should slide in value as he will now work with rookie QB Dak Prescott for what could be half of the 2016 season.

Expect Bryant to fall into the second-round and possibly see his ADP sink to between 14-18 for those drafting in the next few days. A 1,100 yard, 10 touchdown season isn’t out of the question, but expect volatility in the first-half as he will be subject to Prescott’s growing pains. Investing a late-first round pick is still viable, but much more precarious than before.

For those trying to remain optimistic, Bryant and Prescott did show legitimate chemistry in the preseason. In just two games, Bryant picked up four catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, both coming from Prescott. As the Cowboys’ star wideout, Bryant will still see his fair share of targets and red-zone looks but the quality of those targets are the real question now.

In terms of Dallas’ running game, look for the Cowboys to rely on the ground-game more than ever. Rookie Ezekiel Elliott will already be running behind the league’s top offensive line and he should now be doing so an absolute minimum of 20 times per game. A heavy workload like that only cements his current ADP of 8.3.

Considering Elliott is already viewed as a mid-first-round selection, it is hard for his fantasy value to jump much higher. With the loss of Romo, do not be surprised to see a few eager drafters scoop Elliott up anywhere between fourth and sixth overall with an increased workload in Elliott’s sights.

As a result of Romo’s injury, the Cowboys offense will now be led by two rookies at two of football’s most important positions. Though the Cowboys’ strong offensive line will protect them, the success of the Cowboys’ passing game will still impact the functionality of the run-game. If Prescott struggles, opposing defenses will surely stack the box in order to stymie Elliott.

For those enthralled by Prescott’s fantastic preseason, you will now be justified in drafting him in the closing rounds of a two-quarterback league. But considering standard leagues operate on a one-QB format, Prescott should still go undrafted in the majority of leagues. Of course, a few Cowboy fans will select him as a backup QB2.

Through three preseason games, Prescott has racked up 454 passing yards, five passing TDs, and two rushing TDs. As a dual-threat QB, Prescott has some fantasy appeal should he translate his preseason play into the regular season. Obviously, his ability to translate preseason into regular success is the biggest question facing those eyeing the Mississippi State product.

Overall, fantasy players should approach the Cowboys passing game with caution and tempered expectations. Prescott is worth no more than closing round choice as a QB2 in one-quarterback leagues or a QB3 in two-quarterback leagues.

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