The New York Giants took Odell Beckham Jr. 12th overall in May’s draft, and the 2013 Paul Hornung Award winner as college football’s most versatile player is considered NFL-ready as a route runner with excellent speed (4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine). New Giants’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will surely find a way to use him in a variety of ways, so Beckham could put up solid numbers as a rookie.
With the departure of Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle not quite asserting himself so far in his career, Beckham can earn an immediate role and he may see plenty of targets from Eli Manning regardless if the Giants use three-receiver sets a lot.
Beckham’s versatility is noteworthy, and with the likelihood he becomes a primary return man for New York he has extra value in leagues that count return yardage.
Beckham does not have the size (5’11’, 198 lbs.) befitting a top-notch red zone option, so his opportunities in that area of the field may be limited until further notice.
The Giants have a deep group of wide receivers, headlined by Victor Cruz and including Randle, Jerrel Jernigan and Mario Manningham. So Beckham’s role, and thus his week-to-week production, could be very inconsistent.
Beckham looks likely to go undrafted in a lot of re-draft leagues this year, and rightfully so with multiple other pass catchers in the mix for the Giants to limit his value. Things could change between now and when drafts get going if Beckham grabs some positive buzz during training camp and the preseason, but it’s a rare rookie wide receiver that puts up big numbers for fantasy owners and I don’t expect him to become an exception. Owners in dynasty leagues should, and likely already do, have Beckham on their radar.
Bye Week: Week 8
Projected Round: 13th Round
Auction Value: $2 (Fantasy Pros.com)
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