WR Tavon Austin - Dallas Cowboys
|5-9, 174||Born: 3-15-1991||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2013|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 11): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 10): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 9): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 6: at New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. Unfortunately, Dak Prescott's blistering first three weeks are starting to fade from the memories of some. Since Week 2, he's slipped in completion rate from 82% to 62%, and from 10.9 yards per attempt to 8.6. Garbage time saved his fantasy day against the Packers, as he posted 71% of his 463 yards and both his touchdowns in the second half. Prior to the break, he struggled to get the ball to anyone other than Amari Cooper. Still, there's plenty of reason for week-to-week optimism in this attack. After all, 8.6 yards per attempt is still quite strong, and Prescott throws to one of football's most exciting downfield duos. Cooper looked almost uncoverable Sunday, beating dominant Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander over and over en route to a career-best line of 11 catches, 226 yards (with a late touchdown). Across the field, Michael Gallup returned from injury and immediately continued his second-year breakout, posting 113 yards and a touchdown of his own. Prescott will also have both tackles back from injury soon - perhaps even by Sunday. Tyron Smith has turned around quickly from an ankle sprain, while La'el Collins underwent a clean MRI on his knee this week. Prescott clearly missed them throughout the Packers game; he was frequently chased around and pressured into throws just a hair off the mark. It would be short-sighted to view this passing game through the lens of just the past few injury-marred weeks. A date with the Jets' weak pass defense makes for as strong of a "get right" opportunity as there is. The Jets pass defense continues to struggle with consistency, giving up the league's 12th-most yards and net yards per attempt through 5 games. Last week, Carson Wentz barely had to drop back to crush the Jets, but he spread the ball around efficiently while the game was up for grabs. Cornerback remains a huge weakness on this Jets unit, with talent and depth sorely lacking on the outsides. Free-agent addition Brian Poole has been strong in coverage, but Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts remain extremely easy to pick on. They've been the primary culprits in surrendering huge games thus far to John Brown (7 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown), Odell Beckham (6 for 161 and 1), and the Josh Gordon/Phillip Dorsett duo of New England (12 for 136 and 1). With little pass rush to speak of, those shaky cornerbacks are forced to hold downfield coverage for far too long, which has sprung big plays left and right. Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are remarkable young talents against the pass, but can only provide so much help. This remains one of fantasy's most inviting matchups - specifically for playmaking wideouts. As long as game script keeps the Cowboys throwing even a little, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup boast favorable Week 6 outlooks.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Tavon Austin's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Latest NewsCowboys | Tavon Austin picks up the slack (Sun Oct 13, 08:43 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin had five grabs for 64 yards on six targets in Week 6 against the New York Jets. link to story Cowboys | Dallas' Week 6 injury report (Fri Oct 11, 05:43 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb (hip, back), OT La'el Collins (knee) and OT Tyron Smith (ankle) were unable to practice all week but are listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the New York Jets. LB Sean Lee (knee) did not practice Friday, Oct. 11, but was removed from the injury report. WR Amari Cooper (ankle, quad) and DL Tyrone Crawford (hip) were limited in practice all week but no longer appears on the injury report. WR Tavon Austin (shin), WR Michael Gallup (knee), OG Zack Martin (back), RB Tony Pollard (knee, ankle), LB Leighton Vander Esch (illness) and DT Antwaun Woods (knee) were full participants in practice Friday and have also been taken off the injury report. Our View: If Cobb is out, that could shake free a few more targets for Michael Gallup or Jason Witten against the Jets.
link to story Cowboys | Dallas' Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 10, 06:06 PM) - Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins (knee), OT Tyron Smith (ankle) and LB Leighton Vander Esch (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 10. DE Tyrone Crawford (hip) and OG Zack Martin (back) were limited during practice. WR Tavon Austin (shin), LB Sean Lee (knee), RB Tony Pollard (ankle, knee) and DT Antwaun Woods (knee) fully participated in practice. link to story Cowboys | Wednesday injuries from Big D (Wed Oct 9, 04:26 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (shin) and LB Sean Lee (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 9. OT La'el Collins (knee), OT Tyron Smith (ankle) and LB Leighton Vander Esch (illness) didn't participate. DE Tyrone Crawford (hip), G Zack Martin (back) and DT Antwaun Woods (knee) were limited. link to story
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