Miles Austin injury: Cowboys WR questionable, should be benched in fantasy

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is questionable for Sunday's game. We break down the fantasy implications.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is listed as questionable for the team's Week 8 contest against the Detroit Lions. Austin is dealing with a hamstring injury that has been hanging around all season. He played in the first two games before missing action due to the injury, and though he's played the past two weeks, he clearly has not been at 100 percent.

Austin has had extensive hamstring issues in the past. If it's not 100 percent, it's hard to play a game without making it harder to actually back to 100 percent. It's not an injury that responds well to activity, unlike ankle injures. There is some real belief that Austin could sit this week.

And that would be a big deal for him. He's struggled and hasn't been nearly as good over the past two seasons as he was before. Since making the Pro Bowl in 2010, it's been all downhill. Terrance Williams could supplant him going forward if Austin misses another game.

Fantasy Impact: Austin used to be a top receiver, then he fell behind Dez Bryant, and now he's not even a WR3. It wouldn't be a huge deal to jettison him from your fantasy teams at this point. If you're insisting on holding on to him, then you should bench him for this week at the very least. If he plays, it will be in a very limited role.

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