1st half update: Odell Beckham Jr. has found the end zone early in the second quarter. Baker Mayfield ran play action and after a double move, OBJ got wide open and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass. Jarvis Landry has a nine-yard reception and receiver Khadarel Hodge has a 26-yard reception.
Game status: The Browns announced their inactives for Week 2, and Jarvis Landry is active as expected. He is a solid option for Thursday Night Football.
Game day afternoon update: Adam Schefter followed Pelissero with a report that Landry is expected to play on Thursday Night Football.
Game day morning update: Jarvis Landry is expected to play on Thursday, according to reporter Tom Pelissero.
The Browns were forced to throw often in their season debut, as they trailed a tough Baltimore team for nearly the entire game. Fantasy owners often hope that a large point deficit will mean opportunity for big plays for their wide receivers. Unfortunately, this ideal scenario did not play out for the Cleveland offense, as they were unable to find their rhythm at any point in Week 1. A Week 2 tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals may provide better outcomes for owners looking for big performances from these WRs. We discuss the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Browns WRs Odell Beckham, Jr., Jarvis Landry
Odell Beckham Jr. appears to finally be healthy again, and owners hoped to see him return to his 2018 form this year. In disappointing fashion, Beckham Jr. managed to pull in only three catches for a total of 22 yards in Week 1. He finished the game with 5.2 points in ESPN PPR leagues. If one is looking for the silver lining from this game, Beckham was targeted a team high ten times in the match-up, and he did manage to draw several pass interference calls. When the opportunity of ten targets is combined with the raw talent possessed by OBJ, a big performance is bound to come eventually. Perhaps that big performance may come against a Bengals secondary that is less formidable than Beckham’s Week 1 opponent, the Baltimore Ravens. It’s not time to give up on Beckham just yet.
Jarvis Landry saw fewer targets than OBJ in Week 1, but he was able to haul in over 80% of them, as he caught 5 of 6 balls for 61 yards. He finished the day with 11.1 fantasy points in ESPN PPR leagues. Landry provides a solid floor in PPR leagues for most matchups, as he is a reliable target who receives consistent looks from Baker Mayfield. Of note, Landry, who had hip surgery back in February, was experiencing some hip soreness following the game and did not practice on Tuesday. He is considered questionable after getting a limited practice in on Wednesday, so be sure to check the inactives before Thursday night’s game.
Start Odell Beckham Jr. in both standard and PPR formats as a WR3 with WR2 upside.
If healthy, consider Jarvis Landry as a flex play with added upside in PPR formats.