Fantasy Football 2018: WR Tavon Austin To Dallas Cowboys - Impact & Reaction
Tavon Austin Fantasy Impact In 2018
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Martavis Bryant got a fresh start on Thursday, and now Tavon Austin is the latest wide receiver to be traded, as he goes from the Los Angeles Rams to the Dallas Cowboys. Austin has been an underachiever in five seasons out of West Virginia, but maybe a move to Jerry’s World can recharge those batteries and lead to some fantasy value.
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So, what does Austin’s fantasy projections look like in the Big D?
The good news is Austin holds more fantasy value than he did yesterday, as he’s coming off a season in which he had just 22 targets in nine starts. Austin was likely going to see even less action with the Rams addition of Brandin Cooks. There’s now playing time available for Austin, as a wide receiving corps of Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley may be the worst in the NFL. Austin, who is still a young speedster at 27 years old, has big play ability and is versatile enough to make an impact. Let’s also not forget that Austin rushed the ball 59 times last season and is averaging 6.7 yards per attempt for his career, so he’s more than just a wide receiver and could provide value if he sees more time at running back as well.
The bad news is that Austin is averaging just 36 receptions and two touchdowns the last two seasons and has had no more than 509 receiving yards in a single season. And while Austin does have game changing speed, he’s averaging just 8.7 yards per reception for his career, which is another red flag. Austin has caught under 60 percent of his targets in four of his five seasons and has failed to haul in a single receiving touchdown in two of those years. Austin is also averaging four fumbles per year, which is another brutal stat when given the lack of production from him anyway.
Needless to say, there’s not enough positives or proven track record that shows Austin is capable of flipping a switch and being a quality fantasy player in Dallas. Yes, there’s playing time open for him and he should thrive on a fast track in a dome, but none of that makes him worthy of being picked on draft day. I need to see results before taking up a spot on my team.
Austin will be a player to keep an eye on in free agency to see how he’s used and if his production goes up, but as for now, he’s an afterthought in terms of fantasy wide receivers and is still outside of the top-100.