Odell Beckham Jr.
WR - CLE
Week 3 Outlook
When asked about whether he would put up monster numbers, Beckham said that it's "probably not going to be that kind of year." Oof. Through two weeks, it's clear that the Browns intend to feature their running game prominently, as both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have tons of talent. Their gain is Beckham's loss, and he's nothing more than a boom-or-bust option at WR2 each week.
He ended last week with 76 yards and a touchdown, but if you watched that game, it could've been much more. There were penalties that should've been called, but the good news is that people were able to see Beckham is still very good on national television. The potential downside, however, is that Mayfield seemed to go into that game with a different mindset, and it was one that wasn't going to force the ball to Beckham. This is a good thing in some ways, but it could take away some of the steady targets. Going against Washington's cornerbacks is hardly a daunting task, though the pressure their front seven is bringing to the quarterback has allowed them to look better than they are. The duo of Ronald Darby and Fabian Moreau have stuck to sides, and Beckham plays on both sides of the formation, so he'll see a mixture of these two. We watched DeAndre Hopkins catch 8-of-9 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown against this secondary last week. Beckham may not get back to the elite status we once knew, but he should remain in play as a solid WR2 with upside as long as Mayfield can keep it together.
Washington is just 19th against fantasy wide receivers this year, OBJ is a dicey WR2 playing with Baker Mayfield.
Baker and OBJ were finally able to connect in week two and it led to a big day for the talented wideout. OBJ could have had an ever bigger day, but there was no need to keep throwing the ball with the Browns going up big against the Bengals. Moving forward, OBJ is a weekly WR2 that always has the potential of hitting the big play downfield to vault him into WR1 status.
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