Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams has just five catches for 60 yards in his first three NFL games, including a zero catch game (with zero targets) against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3, though in fairness his opportunities have been limited as the Cowboys’ No. 3 wide receiver.
Miles Austin is dealing with a hamstring issue that has kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, which leaves his status for Sunday against the San Diego Chargers up in the air and could open the door for Williams to get his first career start. Should the rookie now be on the radar of fantasy football owners?
The Chargers have allowed 28.3 fantasy points per game so far this season (tied for sixth-most in the league, ESPN scoring), including the second-most yards (718) and 49 receptions (tied for third-most) to the position. Big plays have skewed that yardage total a bit, including a 61-yard touchdown by DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, but San Diego clearly has some issues in the secondary.
Even if Austin is active on Sunday he looks likely to be limited, opening the door for Williams and Dwayne Harris to see more playing time in a very favorable matchup. Harris had a touchdown reception last week against the Rams, but he has been dealing with a hip issue and has also missed practice the last two days.
Shutting down wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten is a priority for any defense that faces the Cowboys, which opens up opportunities for others. Williams is not a sure-fire starter in all fantasy leagues this week, but as long as he remains in line for an increased role owners in deep leagues (particularly those that have Austin) that need a bye week fill-in or a WR3 can consider giving him a look.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.