The Rams, as well as Fantasy owners, might not expect too much from Tavon Austin this year. Let's just put it this way -- new coach Sean McVay liked Austin so much that he signed Robert Woods in free agency, drafted two more receivers and then traded for Sammy Watkins in August. That should tell you all that you need to know about Austin and his status with the Rams. Likely to be a fixture for them on special teams, particularly since his contract makes him untradeable, Austin shouldn't be near any Fantasy rosters.
Austin (hamstring) will not practice this week, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports. Austin has been dealing with a hamstring issue since the start of August, and it looks like the team is remaining cautious with the hope he can still play in the preseason. In Austin's continued absence, there should be plenty of opportunities for the newly acquired wideout Sammy Watkins to get first time reps on the outside.
Austin (hamstring) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports. Austin has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, so his absence Saturday isn't surprising. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods should start on the outside, with Cooper Kupp in the slot.
Austin (hamstring) could be relegated to a bit role within the Rams offense following Friday's trade acquisition of wideout Sammy Watkins, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reports. Austin has barely practiced during training camp due to a hamstring problem, which follows him missing Los Angeles' offseason program after undergoing wrist surgery. Although the four-year, $42 million contract he signed last summer suggests Austin should be a big part of the Rams offense, the pieces the team has accumulated this offseason could ultimately prove otherwise. In Watkins, the Rams finally have a proven No. 1 wideout, which figures to move Robert Woods to the position opposite him -- one he played in Buffalo the last three seasons. Behind them, rookie third-rounder Cooper Kupp has made waves as a slot receiver and looks destined for significant early playing time there. As a result, Austin, who has never topped 510 receiving yards in a season, could be pushed toward the fringes. While the speedster could still prove impactful on deep routes and plays in space, the Rams' three newly acquired receivers could hurt his fantasy stock going forward.
Austin (hamstring) hasn't returned to practice but is still considered day-to-day,ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez reports. Austin missed the offseason program while recovering from wrist surgery and has now sat out the past week of training camp. The missed time normally wouldn't be a big deal for a veteran, but Austin is trying to learn a new offensive system, with the Rams hoping he can make more of an impact as an outside receiver and deep threat. He probably won't see as much work from the slot as in previous seasons, considering the Rams have a bunch of options for that position -- namely Cooper Kupp -- along with a clear talent deficit at outside receiver behind Robert Woods. It's fair to question whether Austin can successfully fill the role the team has in mind, particularly considering he was remarkably inefficient last season (4.8 yards per target) in a role he's more comfortable with.
Austin is dealing with a hamstring injury, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports. Austin went down in Wednesday's practice with a vague leg injury that needed clarification. Fortunately, he shouldn't be out long, as head coach Sean McVay qualified the hamstring tweak as "mild." Until Austin returns, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp should hold down the top two receiver positions.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@San Francisco 49ers||27||24.25|
|9||11/05||@New York Giants||13||21.29|
|12||11/26||New Orleans Saints||29||24.75|
|17||12/31||San Francisco 49ers||27||24.25|
|3 Year Avg||79||47||408||3||19||8.68||97|