Tony Romo can be one of best

Tony Romo ranked eighth in fantasy points among quarterbacks last season. Anthony J. Causi/Icon SMI

Prior to the 2012 season, there was a strong case to be made that Tony Romo was a top-five-caliber quarterback. That ranking was for his status among NFL starters from an on-field perspective, but it also could have been applied to his fantasy football potential.

Romo did come close to hitting the top five of fantasy quarterbacks last season in one sense, as his 271 points ranked eighth at that position. But, in truth, he was actually well short of the goal since the No. 5 player (Peyton Manning) scored 33 more fantasy points than Romo.

If he wasn't able to reach a top-five fantasy quarterback ranking in a campaign during which he got a phenomenal late-season performance from Dez Bryant and dramatically increased his pass-attempt volume (522 in 2011 to 648 in 2012), is there any chance Romo can be a top-five fantasy passer in 2013?