There was some concern that the Cleveland Browns could be shorthanded for a big divisional showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. were all considered questionable to play, but it appears as if all three will be active.
Of those three, Beckham was the one whose status appeared to be in the most doubt, so the fact that he's active is a boon for his fantasy managers.
Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy Outlook
However, it's tough to like the spot Beckham is in this week. He's facing the league's sixth-best scoring defense, surrendering 21.8 points per game. The Steelers are also a particularly difficult matchup for the Browns passing game.
Mayfield is averaging a putrid 3.9 yards per attempt when under pressure this season, per Rotoworld. That's a real problem against a Pittsburgh defense that blitzes at the league's highest rate (48.8%) and generates pressure at the league's highest rate as well (41.2%). For reference, the New England Patriots have the league's second-highest pressure rate at 30.9%.
If Mayfield is under duress all day, it could be tough for him to connect with Beckham much. OBJ has an average depth of target (aDOT) of 13.0, and if he's hurried he could be forced to look for shorter throws to receivers like Austin Hooper (6.5 aDOT) and Landry (10.7).
Beckham is probably too good for you to just bench outright, but fantasy managers should lower their expectations for him in this one.
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