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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 suffered a concussion in Week 3.

Week 12: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Rams passing offense had been riding high for a couple weeks in a row before running into a brick wall last week on the road against the Vikings. Jared Goff passed for just 225 yards with no touchdowns as he couldn't get anything going after their first drive of the game. Robert Woods had a decent game with eight receptions from 11 targets for 81 yards, but he injured his shoulder late in the fourth quarter and is now expected to miss at least a couple weeks. Woods is a big loss for the Rams as he has been their top receiver this season and one of the best deep threats in the league. The Rams will look to Sammy Watkins to help fill the void here. Watkins has not been as involved in this offense as many expected this year as he hasn't exceeded three receptions in his past seven games. This week should be a good opportunity for Watkins to step up now that Woods is off the field. Cooper Kupp should also see an uptick in usage and has the best matchup of any Rams receiver this week. The Saints passing defense finally faltered last week as they coughed up 322 passing yards and three receiving touchdowns to the Redskins last week, allowing over 20 points in a game for just the second time since Week 3. They lost Marshon Lattimore early in this game due to an ankle injury. He tried to return in the third quarter but was unable to put full weight on his ankle after just one play. Lattimore has been one of the top cornerbacks in the league and a big key to why the Saints passing defense ranks fourth using DVOA, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers since Week 3. As mentioned before, Cooper Kupp has a good matchup this week against slot cornerback P.J. Williams. Williams had a rough outing last week and has been the worst Saints cornerbacks. Lattimore's status has yet to be determined for this week, but if he misses time, look for Sammy Watkins to see a huge bump in value.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 at NYG 29 6 34 0 0 0 9 0 0 4.3
10 vs HOU 11 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
11 at MIN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec, 6 / 27 / 1 rush)

At first glance, it looks like Austin had a great day with his 27-yard rushing touchdown to begin the second quarter. However, the bigger story was his troubles with returning punts. Austin muffed two catches and Seattle was able to recover one. This came in the fourth quarter with Seattle only winning by three and put the deficit to six. Austin was used in his normal quick hitting role in the passing game but had no success. The Rams actually handed him the ball in the backfield more than they threw it to him in the air (six to five attempts). This is a game the entire Rams offense will want to forget but especially Austin's issues returning punts.

2017 Week 1 vs IND (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Austin appears to have lost his role in this new Sean McVay offense as he was only on the field for 7 offensive plays in this game after being on the field 72% of the plays last season.

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Schedule

12vs New Orleans Saints
13@ Arizona Cardinals
14vs Philadelphia Eagles
15@ Seattle Seahawks
16@ Tennessee Titans
17vs San Francisco 49ers