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Tony Romo predicted to have monster fantasy football season



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1. Tony Romo will have more fantasy points than Drew Brees. More than the suspensions to Sean Payton and on the defensive side of the ball, Brees' contract situation should be a concern for fantasy owners. Part of the reason Brees excelled in 2011 was because he held the team together during the lockout. Now he's missing OTAs and possibly training camp because of a contract dispute. Brees will still have a productive season, but Romo is a better option this year.

2. Romo will have more points than Peyton Manning, too. Manning is a pro and he's going to put up some good numbers, but fantasy enthusiasts are cautioned to show some restraint. As good as Manning has been during his career, he's still human and he missed an entire season with a neck injury. Romo bests Manning in fantasy points this year.

3. Jason Witten gets back to 90 receptions again. Witten had an 'off' year with only 79 receptions for 942 yards, but he did have five touchdowns. Witten will again post more than 90 receptions this season, hit 1,000 for the third time in four years and better his five touchdowns from 2011.

4. Hakeem Nicks will be a Top 4 receiver: Nicks was dissed in the NFL Network's list of the Top 100 (seriously, he couldn't crack the Top 50?), and he will use that as motivation this season. Nicks showed his value in the Super Bowl, where his 10 receptions were the key to the Giants' win. The takeaway from that game is teams will roll coverage to take away Victor Cruz, which will free Nicks at points this season.

5. Michael Vick runs for touchdowns again. Vick actually had a higher rushing average in 2011 compared to his 2010 totals, but his touchdowns went from nine to one - a big reason why he disappointed fantasy owners all over the place. Vick might never match his 2010 totals, but he will have at least five rushing touchdowns in 2012 to make him a solid top 10 quarterback.