The Cleveland Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers and it’s safe to say they’ll look to keep wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. busy in the offense. OBJ has had a down year by most any metric. The team has not made him a regular target in their offense, and it raises questions about what exactly Freddie Kitchens, Baker Mayfield, and company have been thinking.
Last week, Mayfield talked about wanting to force-feed OBJ the ball, and in Week 10 we saw it. He was targeted a season-high 12 times against a stout Bills defense. Beckham finished with five receptions for 57 yards.
Fantasy football analysis: Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns have given up the 15th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers, but rank fourth in pass defense efficiency. We know OBJ is likely to get plenty of targets, but can he turn them into production? Even if you think he won’t be productive, can you justify not starting him? It’s maybe not quite the roll of the dice it has been in the past, but it’s a gamble given his huge ceiling. It might be conservative at this point to play him, but I don’t think fantasy owners can in good conscience sit OBJ while he’s healthy.