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What to do with Tavon Austin in Week 7 fantasy football [UPDATE]

The Cowboys got a solid outing from Tavon Austin in Week 6, but a returning Amari Cooper likely means Austin is no more than a handcuff. We break down fantasy football start/sit advice for Week 7.

Tavon Austin of the Dallas Cowboys in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Tavon Austin update

Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb are both active for Week 7 Sunday Night Football. If you have either of them, they are better starts than Tavon Austin. If you don’t have any other options, Austin has some upside against a bad Eagles defense. But, he’s not a long term option.

Well, Week 6 was a fun weekend for Tavon Austin, but it appears it will be a one-off appearance. Austin had five receptions for 64 yards after replacing injured wide receiver Amari Cooper for the Dallas Cowboys.

Cooper suffered a thigh bruise against the New York Jets, and he was a big question mark early this week. However, he returned to practice on Friday and appears to be good to go for Sunday Night Football. He and Randall Cobb both are expected to be active, and with Michael Gallup playing as well, there is no room for Austin.

Fantasy football analysis, Cowboys WR Tavon Austin

If you grabbed Austin as a handcuff to Cooper, I would not get rid of him quite yet. It’s always possible there is an aggravation in pre-game warmups, in which case you’d need to slot Austin into your lineup. But if Cooper is active, there is not enough upside to justify starting Austin in any fantasy football lineups.

Following tonight’s game, if you’ve got space on your roster, Austin is worth stashing as a potentially injury replacement. But if you need space for a waiver claim, Austin will be worth dropping.