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WR Tavon Austin - Dallas Cowboys

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

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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 (5'9", 174 lbs.) 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. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 104, 74
WR Redraft PPR - 100, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 29.0 * * 12.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16.0 20.0 * * 20.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 30.0 * * 9.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 30.0 * * 8.2 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall-PPR: 274
WR-PPR: 95

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