Odell Beckham Jr. Could Be Top Fantasy Football Wide Receiver in Cleveland With QB Baker Mayfield

Dan Israeli
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Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene during his 2014 rookie season with the New York Giants, amassing 91 catches, 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games. He followed that up with two more stellar seasons, before injuries derailed him in 2017.

While Beckham continued to produce last season, despite being limited to 12 games due to injury, it wasn't the same top-5 fantasy wide receiver output his owners had become used to. Aside from injuries and off-the-field antics, Beckham's one-time chemistry with QB Eli Manning looked as if it was fading, mostly due to the aging quarterback's inability to connect on the deep ball, or even hit Beckham in stride on his signature slant routes.

Now, that Beckham will be catching passes from Baker Mayfield in Cleveland, there is potential for the sixth-year star receiver to have his best season to date.

Beckham will have to hold up his end of the bargain, by staying healthy, but the set up can't get a lot better than it will be with the Browns. For starters, Beckham should fit in perfectly with Mayfield, a quick-footed quarterback who can hit him on quick outs, but also accurately hit Beckham downfield.

OBJ will likely also benefit from re-pairing with his old college teammate, Jarvis Landry, who should serve as the perfect compliment in two-receiver sets. Whereas Landry is a skilled route runner in the shorter-to-intermediate parts of the field, he will warrant enough attention to free up Beckham from the dreaded bracket coverage he faced during much of his time with the Giants.

The Browns offense in general should be one of the best in the league, as David Njoku continues to emerge at tight end, along with Nick Chubb leading a balanced running attack. A better offense will lead to more red-zone opportunities, where Beckham has always shined throughout his career.

Currently with an average draft position (ADP) of WR5, Beckham has a good chance to emerge as the top receiver in fantasy football this season, if all the stars align during his first year in Cleveland.

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