You can’t make this stuff up. That’s immediately what came to mind when I witnessed Tony Romo suffer a broken bone in his back in week 3 of the preseason. This opens the door for standout rookie QB Dak Prescott. The 4th round pick out of Mississippi State has dazzled in every preseason showing. His performance has even led some to prematurely dub him as the “future of the Dallas Cowboys”. Well, we will get to see what he’s made of.

After missing almost the entire 2015 season where the Cowboys hobbled to a 4-12 record, Romo is set to miss at least half of 2016 as his long list of injuries continues, primarily back injuries. Has the time come for Romo to retire?

Now shifting our focus to Dak Prescott. The so-called ‘prodigy’ will be given the keys to the Dallas defense in week 1 and on as we’ll get to see if he’s the real deal in real-time action. Is he worth a start in fantasy?

Fantasy Impact

The supporting cast is definitely there for Prescott to succeed. He has a top 5 WR in Dez Bryant, a reliable TE in Jason Witten, the best offensive line in football, and a sound running game. It all falls on Prescott whether he will produce.

Looking at the schedule, Dallas doesn’t have any top-flight defenses on tap during the entire first half of the season. If you do decide to give him a late round flyer, I wouldn’t insert him into your starting lineup until week 3 or 4. I want to see what he’s capable of before starting him in the first couple of weeks.

I’ve never seen a player’s stock skyrocket so much in one preseason, especially a rookie. Prescott has gone from a no-name rookie QB (to most casual fantasy player) to a 13.10 ADP – going ahead of Ryan Tannehill. The upside is surely intriguing. If you draft him, don’t buy too much into the hype. Be smart, don’t start him from day one.

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

Jonathan has been investing his time in sports writing for the past decade. Breaking Football's lead writer covers anything from the NFL Draft to providing fantasy football insight. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore. Follow him on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB to talk anything football.