Through the first month of NFL action, the Cleveland Browns have been tested and have not lived up the preseason hype. However, they were able to win a big divisional game in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, and they cap off Week 5 on "Monday Night Football."
Some of the reasons for their early-season struggles have been the inconsistencies in the passing game with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, raising questions about which receiver will be better for fantasy purposes this season.
Both Browns' wide receivers have seen highs and lows this season. Week 2 was the high for Beckham, totaling 161 yards and a touchdown. However, Beckham's two-catch, 20-yard performance last week has fantasy owners concerned. In fact, Beckham hasn't reached 60 receiving yards since that Week 2 explosion.
While Beckham struggled last week, Landry went off, catching eight passes for 167 yards. However, Landry has yet to find the end zone, which has been an issue throughout his career, and severely limits his upside.
The two have had similar fantasy numbers this year. Entering Week 4, Beckham was WR24, averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game, while Landry was WR33, averaging 13.0 per game.
Their production has been similar, thanks to a nearly identical target share, with Landry at 24 percent and Beckham at 26 through four weeks. However, Beckham ultimately gets the nod here thanks to his immense TD upside.
Beckham has had three seasons with double-digit TDs, while Landry has never caught more than nine in a single season. That came in 2017, and it was a bit of an outlier, as he's been held below six TDs in four of his five full seasons.
This offense will likely continue to improve throughout the season, and Beckham should prove to be the player you'd rather own in fantasy.
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