After weeks of waiting, head-scratching and hair-pulling for fantasy owners, Tavon Austin finally delivered on his spectacular potential by helping the St. Louis Rams obliterate the Indianapolis Colts on the road, thanks to his 310 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Clearly, this was a KABOOM! worthy performance for the rookie out of West Virginia, and a coming-out party for the ages. Austin only touched the ball six times, meaning he averaged a ludicrous 51.67 yards-per-touch. There was, however, one little problem with Austin’s monster day …
NO ONE STARTED HIM!
Austin had failed to score a single fantasy point (let that sink in for a moment) four times in seven weeks since he last found the endzone in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. In the other three games since that magical day he scored 8.40 fantasy points — combined. If Austin wasn’t resting peacefully on someone’s bench in your fantasy league (hopefully not yours), he was buried long ago in the fantasy waiver-wire graveyard having been outscored by 76 other wide receivers to this point in the season. Let’s not forget that in most fantasy leagues (NFL.com standard scoring leagues included) wide receivers DO NOT receive points for return touchdowns or yards, as those go to the D/ST. Lastly, to further add insult to injury, if fantasy owners are rejoicing at Austin’s offensive explosion and anticipating inserting him into their lineup next week or scooping him up off the waiver wire, they’ll need to pump the breaks. The Rams are on a bye in Week 11.
So, with all that in mind, it is with mixed emotions that we award Tavon Austin both the Week 10 KABOOM! and That Helps No One awards in one fell swoop. Congrats, Tavon Austin, for simultaneously earning the respect and ire of fantasy players across the country. Now rest easy during your bye, and sleep easy knowing you did what no other players has done so far this year by taking home both of our weekly imaginary trophies.
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