Miles Austin Injury: Fantasy Owners Should Sit Star WR Until He Proves Worth
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin will make his return from injury on Sunday, but fantasy owners should keep the talented wideout on the bench until he proves to be a formidable option.
Per ESPN's Todd Archer, Austin will be active for the Cowboys' tilt with the Redskins on Sunday Night Football after missing the last two contests with a nagging hamstring issue.
Austin's production this season hasn't been up to par with his early-career value. In three games throughout 2013, he's notched just 15 catches for 125 yards and has failed to get into the end zone.
In his absence, Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense exploded. The passing offense alone totaled more than 750 yards in two contests against the Chargers and Broncos.
Meanwhile, Austin's replacements burst onto the scene as well. Rookie Terrance Williams has had just about as good of a two weeks as you can have, totaling 222 yards and a score, including leading all receivers with 151 yards in a 51-48 shootout for the ages against Denver last weekend.
Cole Beasley has also come on in Miles' slot position, catching all seven of his targets in the last two weeks for 63 yards and a touchdown.
There's no doubt that the 29-year-old Austin still has a lot of good football left, but he's been dealing with this injury for some time. Just as well, the Cowboys aren't suffering with a gaping hole in production at the position like many teams (cough, Patriots) are dealing with in the wake of a receiver's absence.
Expect the Cowboys to go to the hot hands after an all-time passing performance from Romo last week. Austin may prove his worth moving forward, but wait and see if he does before giving him a starting spot in fantasy.
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