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WR Tavon Austin - Los Angeles Rams

5-9, 174Born: 3-15-1991College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 8

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Austin had as many 15+ point games (5) as Kenny Britt in the same terrible Rams pass offense last year. If Sean McVay and company make them incrementally better in the play design and play-calling department, Austin's big game/big play total could increase, but even if he doesn't, his ADP is screaming value in best ball leagues.
Austin had wrist surgery in early May and will miss OTAs. He is expected to be ready for the open of training camp.

Summary

After an electric 2015 season of nine offensive touchdowns on a career-high 104 touches, Tavon Austin was lacking the same big-play punch in 2016. Austin caught a career-high 58 passs, but for an anemic 8.8 yards-per-catch and just three touchdowns through the air. On the ground, Austin averaged less than two carries each week. With leading 2016 receiver Kenny Britt gone and a new coaching staff, Austin offers untapped potential as the most notable deep threat in the same vein of DeSean Jackson. However, Austin has yet to be used much as a perimeter receiver through three seasons. Robert Woods is the notable free agent addition on the depth chart, but profiles as more of a chain-mover than dynamic playmaker for the Rams. Austin, along with running back Todd Gurley, offer the offense its big-play potential. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 67, 52, 56, 59, 61, 62, 63, 63, 66, 67, 68, 68, 70, 71, 73, 74, 77
WR Redraft PPR - 66, 51, 52, 54, 59, 61, 62, 63, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 68, 70, 71, 71, 73, 74
WR Dynasty - 91, 75, 77

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 STL 15 36 224 2 44 31 242 0
2015 LA 16 52 434 4 87 52 473 5 2
2016 LA 15 28 159 1 106 58 509 3 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 28 * * 47 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 20 * * 46 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 25 * * 50 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 28 * * 51 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 205
WR: 70
Overall-PPR: 205
WR-PPR: 70

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