Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy Outlook Includes Intriguing Upside After Signing With Rams

Odell Beckham Jr.'s fantasy football outlook includes interesting upside and value after news of his signing with the Los Angeles Rams.
Odell Beckham Jr.'s fantasy football outlook includes interesting upside and value after news of his signing with the Los Angeles Rams. / Emilee Chinn/GettyImages

Odell Beckham Jr.'s free agency didn't last long. Only a couple days after clearing waivers following his release from the Cleveland Browns, Beckham has chosen his new team.

Odell Beckham Jr. Rams

Singing with the Los Angeles Rams isn't the ideal landing spot for fantasy football, but it does give him some huge upside.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy

Beckham's upside when he's healthy and engaged can't be denied. He never returned to Pro Bowl status with the Browns, but he did notch 1,035 yards on 74 receptions in his first season with the team.

Signing in L.A. puts him in a tricky spot for fantasy, however, as he'll be fighting for targets with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

It's safe to say that Kupp will remain this team's No. 1 WR, as he leads the NFL in both yards and receptions. Woods has really come on as of late too, averaging 6.0 receptions for 76.8 yards on 8.8 targets per game over his last five.

That probably leaves OBJ as the No. 3 option.

That's not all doom-and-gloom, however. The Rams have the fourth-most pass attempts in the NFL (325) this season. Van Jefferson notched 6-plus targets in five of his last seven games, averaging 5.7 per game in that stretch. Beckham should command at least as much volume as Jefferson did in the same role.

That makes Beckham a viable boom-or-bust WR/FLEX option the rest of the way.

Cooper Kupp & Robert Woods Fantasy

This news understandably may scare some Woods and Kupp managers. But, for the most part, Kupp and Woods will be just fine. Kupp is currently fantasy's WR1 (by a wide margin) and Woods checks in at WR12 in PPR formats.

A few of Kupp's 11.4 and Woods' 7.67 targets per game will surely start going Beckham's way once he's up to full speed, but it shouldn't be anything too significant. Van Jefferson is probably the biggest loser of the Beckham signing.

Jefferson has been the team's go-to deep threat, boasting an average depth of target (aDOT) of 13.0. Beckham has had an aDOT of at least 13.0 in three straight seasons, while both Kupp and Woods have an aDOT below 9.0 in 2021.

That suggests Beckham will now serve as the Rams' primary field stretcher, relegating Jefferson to a WR4 role.

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