The Rams finally have themselves a true #1 WR. They traded CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for WR Sammy Watkins. It's an aggressive move by a team that has poured resources into its offense this offseason. Watkins joins a WR group that includes free-agent signee (and former teammate) Robert Woods, rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds and holdover Tavon Austin. A heathy Watkins is clearly the top dog here, though. Of course, he'll also be dealing with a QB downgrade from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff. Watkins' fantasy stock takes a bit of a hit with this move.
Rams WR Tavon Austin has missed the past 5 training-camp practices with a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. Austin also missed spring workouts after undergoing wrist surgery. HC Sean McVay labeled him "day-to-day," but the missed time is not ideal for a guy trying to learn a brand new offense with a young QB. WR Pharoh Cooper has been getting 1st-team reps in Austin's absence -- alongside Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp.
Rams WR Tavon Austin has been a full participant in training camp, according to insider Alden Gonzalez. Austin missed OTAs after undergoing wrist surgery, but it should be a non-issue going forward. We'll see how Los Angeles' new coaching staff plans on deploying Austin this season. He's basically free in drafts, with a recent MFL10 ADP in the 15th round.
New Rams HC Sean McVay wants to add the deep ball to WR Tavon Austin's repertoire this season. "He’s shown he can track the ball down the field," McVay told ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. "Really, as far as establishing him as a deep threat, I think we’re just looking for all our receivers to be complete. You want to be able to have a short, intermediate and deep route tree." Austin has made just 15 career catches on balls thrown at least 15 yards downfield, according to ESPN. There are 125 players with more over the same span. Whether that's more an issue with Austin or his offensive coaches to date remains to be seen. McVay did just spent three years in Washington with 5'10 DeSean Jackson, and OC Matt LaFleur was in Atlanta with 5'8 Taylor Gabriel last season. Gabriel scored 5 times on receptions of 25+ yards. Austin will likely be out until at least training camp after arthroscopic wrist surgery, so we'll have to wait to see the plan in action. Anything that improves on his 9.1 career yards per catch is welcome, though.
Rams WR Tavon Austin recently underwent surgery on his left wrist and will miss OTAs, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. We don't have any details on the injury, but Gonzalez does add that Austin is expected to be ready for training camp. As long as that's the case, the wrist issue won't be a major concern -- although missing any practice time in new HC Sean McVay's offense isn't ideal.
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as their HC. The 30-year-old becomes the youngest HC in NFL history. He already has 8 seasons of experience in the league, though, including the past 3 as Washington's OC. The 2016 Redskins finished 3rd in total yards and 12th in points, led by the #2 ranked passing attack. McVay's 1st order of business in Los Angeles will be Jared Goff, who is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign.
Rams WR Kenny Britt (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after missing practice all week. Los Angeles will trot out Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Pharoh Cooper as its top 3 WRs in the finale.
The Rams have fired HC Jeff Fisher. He finishes his 5-year stint with the team with a 31-45-1 record. None of his teams won more than 7 games or sniffed the playoffs. Most damning is that the Rams never showed any signs of progress under Fisher's watch. We'll see who Los Angeles tabs as its interim HC, but this will remain an offense best avoided in fantasy lineups the rest of the way. The Rams travel to Seattle to face a pissed-off Seahawks squad on Thursday night.
Update: Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel has been promoted to interim HC. Fassel has only been a HC for DII New Mexico Highlands University.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest) put in a full week of practice and will play against the Falcons on Sunday. He’s been held under 30 yards in 5 of his last 8 games and shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest) is inactive for today’s game against the Patriots. Rookie Pharoh Cooper figures to get some run in the slot but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. WR Kenny Britt and TE Lance Kendricks are the best bets for targets.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest) didn't practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots. His absence should funnel a few extra targets toward WR Kenny Britt and TE Lance Kendricks.
The Rams have reached a 4-year extension with WR Tavon Austin worth $42 million, including $30 million guaranteed, according to Austin's agent Greg Barnett. That might not mean anything for his fantasy football value, but it suggests that the franchise continues to feel strongly about him. That supports Austin as the likely target leader for the Rams in 2016 and beyond. He's a solid pick in PPR drafts near the bottom of WR4 range.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (hand) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He only practiced on Friday this week. It’s unclear how big an issue that hand will be, but we’d avoid Austin in Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (?) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns. We’ve seen him listed with hand, hamstring and thigh injuries in different places. He put in a limited practice on Friday after missing the previous 2 days, but we’d avoid him in Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Rams WR Tavon Austin has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a hand injury. It's especially foreboding since St. Louis is coming off a bye. Austin doesn't seem like a great bet to play against the Browns this weekend, but we'll update his status again tomorrow.
Some might call Rams WR Tavon Austin a bust through his 1st 2 seasons. He seems to see it a little differently. “Last year, I didn’t have too many opportunities out there," Austin told Fox Sports Midwest. "Different offensive coordinator, different quarterback. I’m just thankful — things are working out in my favor right now and hopefully, everything just keeps going my way.” New OC Frank Cignetti did say after getting the job that he planned to game plan more touches for Austin. We'll see this summer whether he and the team can prove that the former top-10 pick is ready to deliver on his promise. Of course, Austin's lackluster career start has pushed him so far down the fantasy football draft board that he'll come with little risk for 2015.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) is active for today’s game against the Eagles. Even in what projects as a high-scoring game, he’s not a recommended fantasy play.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) is expected to play against the Eagles today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Austin will end up missing just 1 game with his sprained knee. But with just 60 yards from scrimmage in 2 outings so far, he's not a recommended fantasy play.
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