Is Jamey Eisenberg right about Cleveland Browns WR OBJ’s fantasy value
This upcoming season will be hard for Cleveland Browns fans to project the value of the team’s players. A new system means that players will have different roles, and different roles result in different production. Jamey Eisenberg recently spoke about the Cleveland Browns and each player’s fantasy value for 2020. The best place to look to understand what roles each player will have is looking at the Vikings offense in 2019.
In terms of personnel, the 2019 Minnesota Vikings and 2020 Cleveland Browns are very similar on offense. Both teams have stud running backs, quarterbacks who both thrive in play-action and bring a little swagger to the field, and two elite wide receivers for them to throw to. Along with this are the two good tight ends both teams had on their rosters. It’s going to be relatively easy for coach Stefanski to run the same things he did in 2019 with the Vikings.
In 2019, the top target for the Vikings was Stefon Diggs. Odell Beckham Jr is most likely taking his role over in 2020, and that is going to be huge for his fantasy production. Diggs had around 6.27 targets per game, and averaged 17.9 yards per reception, and had six touchdowns in 2019. If Odell gets the same amount of targets per game, I could see him posting the same exact numbers as Diggs, and maybe even better.
Jarvis Landry is likely to take the role of Adam Thielen as they are both too comparable in talents. Thielen is the better wide receiver of course, but they both do similar things for their teams. Thielen had a season plagued with injuries and saw only 4.8 targets per game and 13.9 yards per reception.
Having probably the best year of his career, Landry took a huge jump last season. Don’t forget, however, that his first season with the Browns was probably the worst of his career. Last year was probably the worst year of Odell’s career so far, and I am fully expecting him to take the same jump that Landry did entering year two.
Baker should now have the chemistry needed to complete more complex concepts with Odell. Considering the playcalling is likely to be better too, Odell is going to absolutely feast on defenses this upcoming season.
I understand the argument that Jamey Eisenberg is making in why he is not high on Odell in fantasy for this upcoming season, but the numbers tell a different story.
Odell Beckham Jr should be the first Browns player drafted in PPR (Points-Per-Reception) fantasy leagues, and the second player drafted in standard leagues (behind Nick Chubb).