Odell Beckham, WR New York Giants

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Slay: Giants WR Odell Beckham hasn't lost explosiveness

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2:54pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Through nearly four weeks of training camp practice, all indications are that Odell Beckham has been the same dynamic player in practice that he's ever been. On Monday, Detroit Lions All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay gave his recovery a ringing endorsement following the first of three joint practices between the Lions and Giants.

"He looks like he's going," Slay said, when asked how Beckham looks at this stage of his recovery. "He's catching the rock, and running the rock."

"He's always been explosive. He's never going to lose that, except when he turns 50, I suppose. But, he's always been explosive. Other than that, he's Odell. That's just it."

Fantasy Impact:

The story said there was concern Beckham wouldn't take part in joint practices with the Lions after not playing against the Browns in the team's first preseason game, but on Monday he took part in nearly every period.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Prior to missing 12 games last season with an ankle injury, Odell Beckham Jr. was a top-10 fantasy receiver in each of his first three seasons. Over his career, he averages 6.7 catches on 10.7 targets, 94.1 yards, and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He should remain the focal point of the Giants’ passing attack, and he’s proven himself to be one of the most talented receivers in football. He won’t even turn 26 until November. If there are no lingering effects from his ankle injury he should return to form. Also, new head coach Pat Shurmur had a positive effect on the fantasy production of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen with the Vikings last year.

Fantasy Downside

Beckham can let his emotions get the best of him, as demonstrated by a suspension at the end of the 2015 season. Combined with him coming off an injury, his availability is an obvious concern. He may also lose some targets to tight end Evan Engram, who was fantastic as a rookie last year. Additionally, the drafting of Saquon Barkley second overall might lead to fewer pass attempts in general for the team. With a hefty contract in store for him, there have also been some trade rumblings.

2018 Bottom Line

If Beckham is ready to go, his tremendous upside is worth the potential risk, and he should be drafted as an elite WR1 in all league formats. He should be able to overcome trade rumors and any loss of targets to Engram or fellow receiver Sterling Shepard, and any change in emphasis to the offense. Shurmur and Manning should easily make use of their most talented pass-catcher, and he should go off the board in the late-first round of most fantasy drafts.

2018 Strength of Schedule - NYG
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
1
JAX
21
@DAL
24
@HOU
14
NO
27
@CAR
28
PHI
12
@ATL
5
WAS
BYE20
@SF
31
TB
28
@PHI
9
CHI
5
@WAS
15
TEN
25
@IND
21
DAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DAL--------------
2DET436059.000000-3.67.634/5660.7%
3@PHI9792138.780000-19.928.955/6979.7%
4@TB79001512.860000-9.016.068/8085.0%
5LAC5971819.4018008.0016.521.555/7078.6%
6@DEN--------------
7SEA--------------
8BYE--------------
9LAR--------------
10@SF--------------
11KC--------------
12@WAS--------------
13@OAK--------------
14DAL--------------
15PHI--------------
16@ARI--------------
17WAS--------------
Per game6.2575.500.7510.2512.080.252.00008.0012.2518.5053.00/68.7576.00%
Totals2530234112.0818008.004974212/27576.00%