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