2014 Fantasy Football: Owners Shouldn’t Reach to Draft Odell Beckham Jr.
Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was selected by the New York Giants with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants claimed that they fell in love with his speed, elusiveness and football I.Q. All of those factors coupled with being selected very highly in the draft, many fantasy football owners may think about drafting Beckham Jr. as a WR3 or WR4.
Before a fantasy owner jumps the gun on drafting Beckham Jr. for their team, one must analyze what type of player he is, and how he fits into New York’s system. A player in which Beckham Jr. can be compared to is his new teammate Victor Cruz. He is a smaller player who can use his speed, agility and creativity to hurt a defense. One of the reasons for Cruz’s success over the past couple season is that he had Hakeem Nicks working the outside and opening up the middle for him. With Nicks gone, the only two Giants receivers that can play the outside are Jerrel Jernigan and Rueben Randle. Those two receivers won’t exactly strike a fear in an opposing defense.
The Giants will have to take some time to develop the electric rookie as they figure out how to shape their passing attack in 2014. In fantasy terms, Beckham Jr. is the type of player that fantasy owners may want to take a chance on in the late stages of the draft. He will take some time to reach his potential in the NFL as his team attempts to fix their broken offense from last season. While New York’s offense and Beckham Jr. figure out how they will shape their futures, the rookie receiver shouldn’t be considered more than a WR5 with upside heading into the 2014 season.