If you drafted Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round, there’s a good chance this hasn’t been the best fantasy season for your team. The Browns and quarterback Baker Mayfield haven’t come close to preseason expectations, so the passing game pieces like Beckham and Jarvis Landry haven’t either.
Beckham Jr’s best game came in Week 2 against the Jets. Since then the Browns’ passing game has faced a tough schedule, but he is too good for the numbers he put up since then. On average, OBJ has 4.3 receptions on 7.7 targets for 57.2 yards and no touchdowns per game since Week 3. That is the opposite of good.
Jarvis Landry has better numbers in that time frame with 4.8 receptions on 8.8 targets for 76 yards and .2 touchdowns per game since Week 3. Landry might be seeing more targets due to Mayfield’s happy feet in the pocket, pushing him to throw quickly to his slot receiver. Beckham will always have more upside, but Landry has been the safer play all season.
Fantasy football analysis: Cleveland Browns WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry
The Browns are back at home this week after spending four of their last five games on the road. That might give them a boost, but the Bills tough pass defense will welcome them back home. The Bills have given up the second-fewest fantasy points and yards (122.3 per game) to wide receivers on the season.
No wide receiver has topped 100 yards against them, and they’ve allowed just two wide receiver touchdowns. They haven’t faced many stud receivers, but Julian Edelman and Terry McLaurin combined for 69 yards against them.
Landry and Beckham Jr. are the Browns’ top two receivers, and they will get the bulk of the targets, giving them a better floor than many receivers in the league. At this point, there’s no reason to start either as top plays, but in a week with six teams on bye, they both are worth starting due to their usage.
Traditional Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Odell Beckham Jr. as a WR3.
Start Jarvis Landry as a WR3.
DraftKings DFS Recommendation
Beckham Jr. can take a pass to the house at any time, but at $6,100, I’m not touching him with my DFS teams with a 100-foot pole. Landry at $4,900 is a little more appetizing, as he’s seen more targets than Beckham Jr. of late and has more receptions, but the matchup isn’t one I really want a part of, as I expect Nick Chubb to be the engine behind this offense in Week 10.