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Tavon Austin 2014 Season Outlook

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No love for Tavon in 2014 ?

He had everything going against him last year

1) Was hardly used

2) Very poor QB play and run-heavy offense

3) Rookie WR always struggle anyway

But still, he showed on the field he had tremendous talent, speed and quickness, and therefore a good upside.

Not AJ-Dez upside, but peraphs Harvin-Cobb upside ?

No one seems interested by him, the fact he had no topic until now speaks volume, he's going very late in most ranking ans drafts,

I think he's one of the best "sleepers" out there. IMO

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I don't think much has changed for Austin.... He's a tiny gadget receiver, on a run first defensive team, with a questionable QB.

There are some comparisons to Harvin, both are small talented and fast, and in bad situations. Both look unreliable for fantasy.

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He's very exciting no doubt. He's one of my "sleepers" as well. I'm targeting him in the 8th whatever number I land. It's real tough to use a critical draft pick on a guy that's 5'7" and hasn't shown he can do it in the NFL... yet. I like him, but I can't use a critical pick on him. I do believe he has a real chance to pull late 5th round value in 12 team PPR though (bonus in return yard leagues).

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The problem with any "non-traditional" player on the Rams is the offensive coaching staff lacks innovation. How can you expect increased production from Austin when the Rams can't scheme ways to get him the ball in space? Fisher, Schottenheimer, et al need to watch some Desean videos: you may learn some things coach! Still, I will likely own Austin on a team or 2 as I play in leagues that count individual return stats, but will do so only because he figures to be a very inexpensive pick.

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I don't think much has changed for Austin.... He's a tiny gadget receiver, on a run first defensive team, with a questionable QB.

There are some comparisons to Harvin, both are small talented and fast, and in bad situations. Both look unreliable for fantasy.

Harvin was having a near MVP season before he broke his ankle.

Tavon not so much

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Harvin was having a near MVP season before he broke his ankle.

I get that, he's very talented...

but there's no other recieving threat to take coverage off him, and he's too small to take the abuse of being the main target all season. Concussions, ankle, hip, migraines, illness... he finds so many ways to miss games I just can't trust him anymore. Austin is even smaller and I could see him having the same trouble his whole carreer.

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It's hard to trust a midget to provide big numbers, especially when he couldn't win a jump ball vs a CB in this league like the elite WRs in the league, who are mostly 6'1 and above. He's fast and that's the only thing he has going for him. I'm sure he will be maidenly inconsistent thanks to his lack of size.

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Boom or bust WR3/WR4. He has the talent, but he needs to be a speedy #2 WR on a team to complement a big threat like AJ or BMarsh before he breaks out.

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Tavon wasnt even relevant with Sam Bradford, he broke out with thier backup. I dont see him being anymore then a bye week fill in, unless there is a major chemistry change seen in the preseason.

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I am hoping he breaks off a long TD close to draft time so his "upside" gets reached for by my opponents

He is the most overrated WR prospect in recent memory and will barely be fantasy relevant on the Rams

Nothing but a gadget player the Rams ridiculously overpaid for.

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Harvin was having a near MVP season before he broke his ankle.

I get that, he's very talented...

but there's no other recieving threat to take coverage off him, and he's too small to take the abuse of being the main target all season. Concussions, ankle, hip, migraines, illness... he finds so many ways to miss games I just can't trust him anymore. Austin is even smaller and I could see him having the same trouble his whole carreer.

That is my point. All the risk but less reward

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It's hard to trust a midget to provide big numbers, especially when he couldn't win a jump ball vs a CB in this league like the elite WRs in the league, who are mostly 6'1 and above. He's fast and that's the only thing he has going for him. I'm sure he will be maidenly inconsistent thanks to his lack of size.

Man, that's wrong in so many ways. Leave Lil' Tavon alone :angry: .

It's okay Lil' Tavon. I'll draft you Lil' Tavon, little buddy. Doctor L's just big ol meanie.

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check out this article on tavon. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/fantasy-football-today

"Austin played a mere 434 offensive snaps last season (six games with 30 or fewer) as the Rams wrestled with how to use him. He missed three games with an ankle injury. Look for at least 650 snaps if he stays healthy.

Austin was more productive, on a per-snap basis, than one might think. He tied for 18th in Fantasy Points Per Snap, averaging 0.18 along with Andre Johnson, Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson and T.Y. Hilton, per Pro Football Focus."

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im having trouble getting the link. but basically there was a cool write up on cbs fantasy football today blog about tavon thats worth reading.

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This guy will win you a couple weeks with monster 30 point weeks. Then he'll lose you two games in a row with 5 point weeks. The final end of year stats will look ok but trying to predict those monster weeks will be a headache.

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It's hard to trust a midget to provide big numbers, especially when he couldn't win a jump ball vs a CB in this league like the elite WRs in the league, who are mostly 6'1 and above. He's fast and that's the only thing he has going for him. I'm sure he will be maidenly inconsistent thanks to his lack of size.

Dr, please elaborate on the "maidenly" inconsistent as it really seems inherently contradictory to those of us lacking highly salacious minds.

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Still trying to figure out why this guy was taken early in the first round.

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Still trying to figure out why this guy was taken early in the first round.

It's the rams.....they still believe in Bradford. Unless you gave birth to the guy there is no excuse for that level of faith

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Still trying to figure out why this guy was taken early in the first round.

it was an absolutely terrible draft class at the skill positions ... austin wouldn't have even been a first round pick in this year's receiver class

this is why the rams are the rams

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Die hard Rams fan here. I wouldn't draft Tavon. If you do, you really don't know how pathetic our pass offense is.

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Die hard Rams fan here. I wouldn't draft Tavon. If you do, you really don't know how pathetic our pass offense is.

i currently see tavon ranked 93rd overall in ppr. thats a pretty good bargain for a number 1 wr who could potentially account for up to 40% of the St. Louis passing game. After all, who does he have to compete with? Austin Pettis? That Givens guy? Seems like a very small risk for a guy with alot of upside.

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Die hard Rams fan here. I wouldn't draft Tavon. If you do, you really don't know how pathetic our pass offense is.

i currently see tavon ranked 93rd overall in ppr. thats a pretty good bargain for a number 1 wr who could potentially account for up to 40% of the St. Louis passing game. After all, who does he have to compete with? Austin Pettis? That Givens guy? Seems like a very small risk for a guy with alot of upside.

Stedman Bailey (also a 2nd year WR that's fairly highly regarded), Kenny Britt (added this offseason), Brian Quick, all of the Rams TEs including Jared Cook, Zac Stacy and the other RBs. All of the above players will get some number of touches and while Tavon has the draft pedigree, he's gonna have to explode in preseason for me to trust that coaching staff to know how to use him effectively and not as a gimmicky gadget/deep threat.

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Die hard Rams fan here. I wouldn't draft Tavon. If you do, you really don't know how pathetic our pass offense is.

i currently see tavon ranked 93rd overall in ppr. thats a pretty good bargain for a number 1 wr who could potentially account for up to 40% of the St. Louis passing game. After all, who does he have to compete with? Austin Pettis? That Givens guy? Seems like a very small risk for a guy with alot of upside.

Stedman Bailey (also a 2nd year WR that's fairly highly regarded), Kenny Britt (added this offseason), Brian Quick, all of the Rams TEs including Jared Cook, Zac Stacy and the other RBs. All of the above players will get some number of touches and while Tavon has the draft pedigree, he's gonna have to explode in preseason for me to trust that coaching staff to know how to use him effectively and not as a gimmicky gadget/deep threat.

The thing is, gimmick/gadget IS how you use a 5'8 176lb player effectively. He's a rich mans McCluster. Speed is great and all, but as a WR at 5'8, what corner are you beating out? You aren't high pointing over any DB. So you have to win with speed. Easy way to defend that is bracket coverage. If anything, Tavon makes for a good decoy to take a safety with him over the top opening up the slot or other side of the field for whatever other taller receiving option. As I stated a few posts ago, the end of year stats will look decent but good luck predicting what weeks he'll get you 20+ and what weeks he'll get you 5 and under.

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Preseason is not to meaningful apart from some injuries. Skins won more games preseason then they did all if regular season. 0-16lions had a great preseason, as did David Wilson last year. Heck even Blaine gabbert had a game with something like a 120 or 130 passer rating

Tavon weighs as much as a fat chick at yoga class so no 1 wr material he is not.

Acceptable wr3 in 14 teAm leagues or leagues with return yards could be a bit more

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