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RB Tavon Austin - Dallas Cowboys

5-9, 174Born: 3-15-1991College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 8 (2013)

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Summary

All due respect to Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, but he should stop making public predictions about player's roles. A few days after acquiring Tavon Austin from the Rams on draft weekend, Jones told assembled media the team wants to get Austin "a dozen to two dozen touches per game." Even if Austin was a bonafide difference maker, that workload would be nigh impossible. The only player on the roster likely to see that workload is Ezekiel Elliott. And Austin is no threat to displace Elliott as the offensive focal point. Jones' statement is made all the more absurd by who he said it about. Austin spent five years with the Rams disappointing fans and coaches alike. Jeff Fisher continued to force Austin's square peg into the NFL's round hole to no avail, but last year Sean McVay relegated Austin to a marginal role (326 yards and one touchdown). Austin is built like a small running back (5-foot-9, 174 pounds) but plays receiver. He's neither fish nor fowl. Austin's supporters will point to the Cowboys questionable depth chart and wonder if the 6th year veteran can reprise his 2015 season; which was good enough for a 21st place fantasy ranking. It's unlikely, but not impossible. Austin is a waiver wire watchlist candidate in 12-team leagues until further notice. (August 4)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft PPR - 71, 45

Stats and Projections

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2015 LA 16 52 434 4 87 52 473 5 2
2016 LA 15 28 159 1 106 58 509 3 1
2017 LAR 16 58 265 1 23 14 61 0 4
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.3 25.0 * * 16.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16.0 20.0 * * 31.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 10.0 * * 17.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 30.0 * * 8.4 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Tavon Austin's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall-PPR: 245
RB-PPR: 79

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Latest News

Cowboys | Tavon Austin sits out (Sun Aug 19, 02:26 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: There are no indications that this is an injury that will affect Austin's availability for Week 1. The Cowboys seem intent on giving him a decent-sized role in the offense.
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Cowboys | Tavon Austin unsure about playing status (Thu Aug 16, 06:29 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) said he is feeling good but is not sure if the coaches will allow him to play in the second preseason game.

Our View: We're not sure what role he will play whenever he gets on the field, as he is listed at both running back and receiver depending on who you ask. They say he's not a gadget player. We say he's not worth rostering because then we don't know what he is.
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Cowboys | Limited practice for Tavon Austin (Thu Aug 16, 02:37 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) is on the field for practice Thursday, Aug. 16, but is not participating in team drills.

Our View: The Cowboys insist he's not a gadget player but unless he's on the field we will never know. We aren't expecting much from him, especially as he is listed in several depth charts as a running back, which puts him behind Ezekiel Elliott. You can keep him off your roster in all but the deepest leagues.
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Cowboys | Tavon Austin has hamstring issue (Wed Aug 15, 09:35 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) left practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, because of a sore hamstring. The team said Austin left as a precaution.

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Cowboys | Tavon Austin leaves practice (Wed Aug 15, 09:02 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 15, because of an undisclosed injury. He appeared to be walking fine to the medical tent.

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