Odell Beckham Jr. has had a very disappointing fantasy season in his first year with the Cleveland Browns, and now some light has been shed on what is contributing to his struggles.
According to an NFL.com report, Beckham has been playing through a painful sports hernia, which he's been battling since the preseason.
Beckham has been on the injury report every week in 2019, listed with a hip or groin injury, which can sometimes be code for a sports hernia. Beckham said the issue originated in training camp, but it is unclear when exactly he got hurt or the extent of the injury, although offseason surgery doesn't sound as if it's out of the question.
Beckham, coming off two consecutive injury-shortened seasons, has caught 57 balls (103 targets) for 805 yards and two touchdowns. His lack of efficiency and scoring has clearly affected his production on the field, although Beckham's yards-per-reception mark (14.1) is a four-year high.
Beckham has been overshadowed by his own teammate, Jarvis Landry, who leads the Browns in receptions (65), yards (919) and touchdowns (5). Recently, Beckham was vague when discussing his future with the team, even though he is under contract with the Browns through 2023.
In Week 14, the Browns face the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. Baker Mayfield is playing through his own injury (hand), and the Bengals have actually been tougher on wide receivers than most would expect, allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points to the position. Beckham is the fifth ranked WR in our Week 14 PPR rankings.
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