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Two of the biggest names in football found new homes, but they aren't the only ones who are going to benefit from a change of scenery.
The Jets gained a superstar in Le'Veon Bell, who is going to be a huge upgrade for their offense, while the other New York team took a step back by trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. This switch has huge fantasy implications for each star as well as their teammates next year.
First, it's time to talk about Bell's return to the football field.
An early Le'Veon Bell projection for 2019 with the Jets:— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) March 13, 2019
280 carries, 1,120 yards, 7.3 TDs
70 catches, 535 yards, 1.5 TDs
That's just over 288 PPR points, which would have ranked 6th among RBs in 2018.
This would be a statistical step back for Bell, but a huge step forward for the Jets.
The Jets finished 26th in rushing yards last season, which Bell should help improve. Yet there's also the chance he doesn't have the same impact he once did. The numbers above do leave wiggle room for a step backward, but over 1,600 yards does seem like a lot for a Jets' skill position player.
Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is going to reap the benefits of this addition. Not only does he have a rushing attack to take the pressure off of him, but he also added another valuable receiver. Bell is more than just a check-down option. He has caught at least 75 balls in the last three seasons where he played in at least 10 games.
Over in Cleveland, everyone is going to benefit from having OBJ in town.
Early 2019 Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. projection: 152 targets, 95 receptions, 1238 yards, 10 TD— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) March 13, 2019
Beckham joins an offense that loves to pass the ball, finishing 11th in passing attempts last season -- and that's with Tyrod Taylor starting the season for the Browns. He will now have more opportunities while also playing with an upgrade at quarterback. Baker Mayfield throws a great deep ball and that's one of Beckham's strengths, making this a perfect match for both.
Baker Mayfield’s projections for next season with Odell Beckham are insane https://t.co/vIcsrq3Ggl— Sports News & Stuff (@SportNewsNStuff) March 13, 2019
OBJ isn't the only passing option in Cleveland, which will help Jarvis Landry in a big way. He might not have the same amount of targets after getting 149 looks this season, but he will have a better opportunity to receive clean looks with OBJ taking some attention away. Last season, Landry finished with a career-low in catches, had the second fewest amount of yards in his career, and tied his career-low in touchdowns. Adding another mouth to feed doesn't bring those numbers down. It enhances them.
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