Fantasy Football ADP Duel: Would You Rather Draft Odell Beckham Jr. or Michael Thomas

Mike Esposito
New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael Thomas are two of the best receivers in the game today and, barring an injury, both should easily be top-10 fantasy receivers no matter the scoring format. However, if you have the luxury of possibly selecting either of the two during your fantasy football draft, you can't help but wonder which of the two wideouts would be the better draft pick.

According to FantasyPros average draft position (ADP), Thomas (WR 4) has the slightest ADP edge over Beckham (WR5).

Thomas has been largely overshadowed by Beckham throughout his career, but he's also has been nothing but consistent since entering the league in 2016. The Saints' stud wideout has been Drew Brees' go-to guy in the passing game over the past three years, seeing an incredible 107 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards per season.

That kind of floor is incredibly appealing to fantasy football owners, which understandably makes Thomas a safer pick in 2019. Beckham has higher upside, but there's certainty some uncertainty surrounding his fantasy potential this season. However, Beckham has a distinct advantage over Thomas when it comes to playmaking ability and week-to-week scoring potential.

Beckham averages about 14 yards per reception and close to nine touchdowns per season. Thomas, on the other hand, has averaged 11.8 yards per reception and about eight touchdowns per game.

At the end of the day, you can't go wrong with picking either wide receiver. But if you're looking for a player with a weekly high-floor (especially in PPR leagues), Thomas may be the receiver worth drafting. However, Beckham could end up being WR1 by season's end.

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