The Cleveland Browns lost a critical game to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, effectively ending their playoff chances. They are two games back with two to go, but it’s likely that too many teams sit between them and a postseason appearance.
Whether or not the Browns think they truly have something to play for, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is prepared to gut out the final two games in spite of a sports hernia injury that will require surgery in the offseason. He told the media after Sunday’s game that, “It’s a decision we’ll find out when the time comes but as long as 80 (Jarvis Landry) is on the field, as long as these boys are out here, I’m going to go out there and give my all,” according to Mary Kay Cabot.
Beckham said he’ll keep evaluating an injury that has plagued him most of the season. The Browns passing offense as a whole has suffered this season, but OBJ’s injury has made life that much more difficult for him and slowed him considerably.
He remains a regular target of Baker Mayfield in spite of the issues. He finished Sunday’s game with eight receptions on 13 targets for 66 yards. He’s been a regular part of the offense, but his target totals have yo-yo’d much of the season. Since the team’s bye, his target totals have been 7, 6, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 13.
The Browns face a surging Ravens defense in Week 16. If OBJ is out there, he’s worth starting. His fantasy ceiling is not what it once was, but he still has a great floor.