by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Clarence Hill (via Twitter):
“Jason Garrett intimated the team may shut down Miles Austin to get him healthy. It’s easy to do now with Williams and Beasley playing well”
Austin currently ranks sixth on the Cowboys with 15 receptions and 125 yards, while also failing to find the end zone. Since having 10 receptions on September 8 against the Giants, he’s managed just 5 catches for 53 yards.
He’s been targeted seven times over the past two weeks, yet doesn’t have a reception to show for it. How have the other two fared over that same span?
- Terrence Williams – 8 receptions, 98 yards, 2 TD
- Cole Beasley – 10 receptions, 97 yards, 0 TD
Given the chronic hamstring issues for Austin, coupled with the emergence of these two younger receivers, it makes sense for the team to give Austin an extended rest. As it is he was third in line in the passing game, behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Now you could argue he could fall to fourth or fifth, even when healthy.
So how should fantasy owners proceed? In redraft formats it certainly makes sense to move on if you are in need of the roster spot. While it’s not impossible for him to post a random big day later on in the season, it’s just impossible to trust him. Only those in the deepest of formats can hold out hope, but even then it’s not a guarantee.
As for Williams and Beasley, both are worth adding though Williams should be considered the better target at this point.