In the Past 10 Games, It’s Been “Inches” Austin

Miles Austin helped his fantasy owners a bit on Sunday by scoring on a three-yard TD. He has otherwise been disappointing since a hot start to the 2010 season.

Miles Austin wasn’t a complete disaster in terms of fantasy football output on Sunday, but only because he managed a touchdown in the first quarter.

For the game, he was held to 3 receptions for 38 yards. Since he began on a hot streak in three of the first four games this year, games such as the one he had against Washington have become quite the norm.

Austin signed a contract extension the week before the opening game vs. the Redskins, and for a month, he looked like he was worth every penny.

Four-game total: 31 receptions, 474 yards, 2 TDs. Had he kept it up, he would have had 124 receptions for 1896 yards and 8 TDs.

He didn’t keep it up, though. Since those first four games, Austin has played in 10 others. He has had 30 receptions for 390 yards and 4 TDs during that time. He needs to amass 136 receiving yards to go over 1,000 for the season, meaning he must average 68 receiving yards per game in the final two. During the past 10 games, he has had 68 or more receiving yards only twice.

Granted, Austin has faced double teams for much of the season, and few of the other receivers have stepped up. At the same time, though, his output lately has looked a little bit too much like what he did before his breakout performance at Kansas City in 2009. Moreover, more than a few passes have bounced right off his hands, resulting in picks that were all on him.

Below is his game log for 2010:

Receiving Rushing Scoring
Rk G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Rec Yds Y/R TD Att Yds Y/A TD TD Pts
1 1 2010-09-12 26-074 DAL @ WAS L 7-13 10 146 14.60 1 0 0 0 1 6
2 2 2010-09-19 26-081 DAL CHI L 20-27 10 142 14.20 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 2010-09-26 26-088 DAL @ HOU W 27-13 2 20 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 4 2010-10-10 26-102 DAL TEN L 27-34 9 166 18.44 1 1 4 4.00 0 1 6
5 5 2010-10-17 26-109 DAL @ MIN L 21-24 2 12 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 6 2010-10-25 26-117 DAL NYG L 35-41 3 38 12.67 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 7 2010-10-31 26-123 DAL JAX L 17-35 7 117 16.71 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 8 2010-11-07 26-130 DAL @ GNB L 7-45 2 16 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 9 2010-11-14 26-137 DAL @ NYG W 33-20 2 68 34.00 1 1 0 0.00 0 1 6
10 10 2010-11-21 26-144 DAL DET W 35-19 2 7 3.50 2 0 0 0 2 12
11 11 2010-11-25 26-148 DAL NOR L 27-30 3 25 8.33 0 1 60 60.00 1 1 6
12 12 2010-12-05 26-158 DAL @ IND W 38-35 4 47 11.75 0 1 6 6.00 0 0 0
13 13 2010-12-12 26-165 DAL PHI L 27-30 2 22 11.00 0 1 26 26.00 0 0 0
14 14 2010-12-19 26-172 DAL WAS W 33-30 3 38 12.67 1 0 0 0 1 6
14 Games 61 864 14.16 6 5 96 19.20 1 7 42
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/20/2010.
  • I think Austin misses Tony Romo. But to be an elite receiver, he has to be able to dominate with any reasonably competent QB. Next season will be very telling, one or the other. At least, though, he has been pretty good in the red zone, catching a few short TDs on 3rd down.