Tavon Austin WR LA 3 weeks ago

Austin's fifth-year contract option has been exercised by the Rams, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Austin was drafted eighth overall in 2013 and has been used as an all-purpose weapon through his first three seasons. Last year, Austin caught 52 passes (on 86 targets) for 473 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed 52 times for 434 yards and four more scores. The shifty wideout has also returned one punt for a touchdown in each season since entering the league. Given his dynamic versatility, it's of little surprise that the Rams decided to exercise Austin's option, keeping him under contract through 2017.

Tavon Austin WR LA 5 months ago

Austin rushed six times for 32 yards and added 30 yards receiving on five catches in a 19-16 overtime loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rams made a much more concerted effort to get Austin the ball this season, and it helped get them some wins. Austin finishes the season with 52 catches for 473 yards and five touchdowns to go with 52 rushes for 434 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. All in all, it was a pretty good season for Austin despite the fact that St. Louis had terrible quarterback play much of the year. He's not as valuable in PPR leagues, but his versatility does give him an uptick in value heading into 2016.

Tavon Austin WR LA 5 months ago

Austin caught three of seven targets for 16 yards and had three rushes for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-17 upset win at Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Austin was actually the team's second leading receiver Sunday, as Case Keenum completed just 14 of 23 passes for 103 yards in rainy and wet field conditions. The third-year wideout has generally been a touchdown-dependent fantasy player this season, although the Rams have been creative in trying to get him the ball on jet sweeps, reverses and traditional hand offs. Looking towards next year, it's possible Austin turns into more of a fantasy asset, especially if he can see a bump in targets (just 79 looks in 15 games), as his playmaking skills are no longer in question. In any event, he's got one more game left in 2015, and that will take place next Sunday at San Francisco.

Tavon Austin WR LA 5 months ago

Austin caught all three of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown, adding 32 yards and another touchdown on four carries, in Thursday's 31-23 win over the Buccaneers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Austin took a screen pass for a 17-yard touchdown on the opening drive, later scoring from 21 yards out on an end-around. It was his third multi-touchdown performance of the season, but there have also been quite a few duds along the way, as he's yet to see more than seven targets in a game. Austin's touchdown-dependency isn't necessarily a bad thing on the whole, but it doesn't bode well for his prospects in a Week 16 road matchup with the red-hot Seahawks.

Tavon Austin WR LA 5 months ago

Austin rushe for 40 yards on four carries and added three catches off of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Detroit.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sunday marked the eighth time this season that Austin accumualted more rushing yards than receiving yards. The peculiar trend has been a blessing in disguise as the young receiver has topped 75 total yards four times and has scored seven touchdowns despite St. Louis' inability to pass the ball consistently. Austin is a solid get for teams struggling with receiver depth coming down the stretch, but it's tough to put too much faith in a target who has failed to catch a touchdown or top 50 yards receiving in six straight weeks.

Tavon Austin WR LA 6 months ago

Austin gained 24 yards on a reception and another 14 on the ground in a 27-3 loss to Arizona on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Austin is the second-best option on the Rams' offense, so it's strange that they would only give him two carries when the game didn't get out of hand until the second half. The Rams' offense has completely deflated the last four games with only three touchdowns in that span. While Austin certainly has potential for fantasy excellence, he is mired in the muck of St. Louis' offense and only touches the ball a few times a game.

Tavon Austin WR LA 6 months ago

Austin caught all six passes that came his way during Sunday's loss to the Bengals for a total of 33 yards. He added 63 yards and a touchdown on four carries.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Austin took an end around and zig-zagged up the sideline for 60 yards midway through the second quarter and then, two plays later, took a second in for a five-yard score. Three of Austin's seven offensive touchdowns this season have come on the ground, making him resilient to the Rams struggles at quarterback. Eight of Austin's 70 touches this season have gone for more than 20 yards and his speed makes him a threat for big game every week. His 44 combined yards in the Rams' two previous games, however, should serve as a reminder of the dangers of starting a receiver playing on the league's worst pass offense.

Tavon Austin WR LA 6 months ago

Austin converted five targets into a single catch for five yards, and added 16 yards on one carry in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Ravens. He also muffed a punt return.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The normally electrifying young receiver failed to find any room to operate, posting just 21 yards from scrimmage and costing his team with a costly turnover on special teams. There is cause for concern about Austin, as he has just 44 yards of offense in his last two games, and hasn't topped 15 receiving yards or found the end zone during St. Louis' three-game losing streak.

Tavon Austin WR LA 6 months ago

Austin caught two of his four targets for just five yards in Sunday's game against the Bears. He also rushed for 18 yards on three carries.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite the favorable matchup against the beatable Bears secondary, Austin came through with one of his worst performances of the season in posting just 23 yards from scrimmage. The third-year wideout continues to contribute in several different areas for the Rams, but his weekly outputs remain extremely fickle. A matchup against the Ravens and their generous secondary awaits in Week 11, but Austin will remain a risky fantasy option.

Tavon Austin WR LA 6 months ago

Austin caught 4-of-7 targets for just 15 yards in Sunday's game against the Vikings. He also ruched eight times for 66 yards in the overtime loss.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While his receiving numbers are inconsistent from week-to-week, Austin has remained a factor in the ground attack, and managed to set a new career-high in that department on Sunday. The third-year wideout is always capable of breaking loose for a big day, thanks to his contributions in multiple roles, but he also carries a bit of downside due to the run-heavy nature of the Rams' offense. A matchup with the generous Bears secondary awaits in Week 10.