What a huge disappointment Miles Austin has been this year to those who drafted him. He bit me in the arse in a couple leagues, so I feel everyone's pain.
Austin: time to Cowboy up
Dallas' Week 1 shootout win (36-31) over the New York Giants got Austin off to a great start (10 catches, 12 targets, 72 receiving yards), especially since he was a relative steal in drafts. Unfortunately, we're now in Week 12 and Austin had only five more catches after Week 1 thanks to, yet again, hamstring ailments.
Many dumped Austin from their rosters, including me. You had every reason to do so. He hasn't played since before Halloween for crying out loud. He's been active for only five of the team's 10 games. You get the point.
Putting Austin's dismal first half in the rearview, he practiced in full this week and is ready to return for the rematch against the G-Men. He's had plenty of time to rest, so one would think he must be close to 100 percent healed at this point. In Yahoo! leagues, he's owned in less than half of leagues (41 percent).
Terrance Williams (five TDs) has done an admirable job filling in for Austin, as has Cole Beasley, but his rapport with Tony Romo is exaggerated; in the last three games, Williams has been targeted 22 times and has only five grabs to show for it, although two went for scores.
Assuming Austin is fully healthy and can stay that way for Dallas' final six regular season games, this is a wideout that should start to see his ownership go back up just in time for your fantasy playoffs. His schedule looks rather nice, as well, with the Giants this weekend followed by the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Wouldn't it be something if a low-key waiver wire pickup of Austin before Week 12 ended up pushing you on a run through your fake football postseason? Sometimes fantasy football has a weird sense of humor, so don't rule it out. Take a chance on him and give yourself more options down the stretch. It just may pay off.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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