Austin turned a team-leading 15 targets into 10 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game versus the Giants. He also gained 10 yards on his only carry of the 17-10 loss.
Austin reached double-digit receptions in a game for the first time in his career, but his lackluster 5.7 yards per attempt capped what could have been a much bigger day. The attention he receives from Case Keenum is encouraging given his big-play ability, but Austin is averaging just 42.7 yards per game this season. The Rams will enjoy a bye in Week 8 before taking on the Panthers the following Sunday.
Austin caught three of four targets for 24 yards and added another two yards on three carries in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Lions.
The speedster struggled to generate big plays, as five of his touches went for eight yards or fewer. He was tied for fourth on the team in targets, and was unable to impact the game via special teams, as his only punt return went for two yards. Austin is not a featured part of the offense on a weekly basis, and will once again be a risky fantasy play in Week 7, although the matchup versus a beatable Giants secondary offers some upside.
Austin led the Rams in targets Sunday, but didn't do much with all those looks. He nearly scored on a running play in the first half though, but was stopped at the one-yard line. Interestingly, Austin has just nine rushes this season after carrying the ball 52 times last year, though that might not necessarily be a bad thing, as he's on pace to shatter his previous career high of 87 targets from 2015. On the flip side, the speedy playmaker hasn't been efficient with his extra looks this year, hauling in just 23 of 45 targets. Next up for Austin is the Lions, who have not defended the pass well this year.
Austin caught just two passes for 14 yards and rushed once for a six-yard loss during Sunday's game against the Cardinals. However, Austin's 47-yard punt return kicked-started the drive that yielded the game-winning touchdown.
Austin was questionable for the game Sunday with a shoulder injury, but his weak fantasy production was likely unrelated. He has garnered a healthy 35 targets through the first four weeks of the season but turned them into just 16 receptions, 159 receiving yards and a single score, which highlights his boom-or-bust fantasy nature. Sunday was also the 17th time Austin has been held under 50 yards receiving over his past 20 outings dating back to the beginning of last season.
Austin (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game in Arizona, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
After culminating the week with a full practice Friday, there wasn't much worry that Austin's shoulder issue would impact his inclusion on the active roster Sunday. In this precise week last season at Arizona, he reached the end zone twice during a six-catch, 96-yard effort, aiding in a 24-22 victory.
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