Cowboys WR Austin has more fantasy appeal

Miles Austin is in the top 20 in fantasy points among WRs on NFL.com. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Miles Austin is ranked in the top 20 in fantasy points among WRs on NFL.com. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

In what has to be considered a no-brainer of an announcement, the Cowboys have moved WR Miles Austin past WR Patrick Crayton on the depth chart. Miles, who set a franchise-record 250 receiving yards against the Chiefs in Week 5, will now start opposite WR Roy E. Williams.

The move obviously improves the value of Austin, a preseason super sleeper on NFL.com. He can be a serious playmaker when allowed the chance, though expecting him to become a fantasy star might be asking a little much.

Remember, Austin’s record-setting game came with Williams out of the lineup due to injured ribs. It also came against a Chiefs defense that’s one of the worst in the league against the pass.

Moving forward, Austin should be considered a high-end No. 3 fantasy wideout. I’d also start him ahead of Williams, at least until the former Texas star shows some signs of liFe in the stat sheets.

The Cowboys have also announced that RB Felix Jones, who has missed time with an injured knee, is expected to return to action against the Falcons. However, he’s fallen behind RBs Marion Barber and Tashard Choice.

Despite his immense skills, Jones’ inability to avoid injuries has turned him into waiver-wire fodder in smaller leagues.

Barber will remain the starter, but fantasy owners could see more of a shared backfield with the explosive Choice in the mix. Choice is now a viable matchup-based flex starter.

While Barber is still the top goal-line option, he has lost some of his fantasy luster. If losing some of the workload isn’t enough, he’s also dealing with both a sore quadriceps and a fractured thumb.

If you’re a Barber owner, it’s time to start looking into a potential trade. His physical running style has started to take its toll on his health, as he’s suffered toe, quad and thumb ailments in less than a year’s time.

For now, he’s a high-end No. 2 fantasy back who could be inconsistent down the stretch.

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