Odell Beckham Jr. Injury Update Clouds Week 1 Fantasy Outlook

Odell Beckham injury update clouds his Week 1 fantasy outlook.
Odell Beckham injury update clouds his Week 1 fantasy outlook. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Updated (Sunday, 9/12, 3:00 p.m. EST): Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out of this one as he works his way back from a knee injury. Jarvis Landry has some WR2 appeal in his absence, while Donovan Peoples-Jones could be an interesting WR3 or FLEX.

The Cleveland Browns have been managing Odell Beckham Jr.'s knee injury all offseason. His status for Week 1 is still up in the air, but it does look like he's trending toward playing. Still, even if he does play, a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs could make him someone to avoid on Sunday.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy Outlook

For one, we still don't know if he's going to play. Even if he does, we don't know if he'll be looking at a full complement of snaps. That makes him hard to trust against a Chiefs' defense that is really effective against wide receivers.

Last year, Kansas City surrendered the second-fewest PPR points to opposing wide receivers (31.12). Only the Jalen Ramsey-led Los Angeles Rams fared better against WRs.

This defense also shut down Cleveland's passing attack last season, holding Baker Mayfield to 204 yards with 1 touchdown and one interception. Though to be fair, Beckham was not active for that game.

At this point, it might be best to take a wait-and-see approach with Beckham in Week 1 if you have a deep enough bench. Beckham checks in at WR23 in our Week 1 rankings.

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