According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Browns top receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., is lost for the season with an ACL injury.
Beckham’s injury is a tough pill to swallow for the Browns, and for fantasy football owners everywhere. Let’s dive into what this means.
What’s the Impact for the Browns?
Now that OBJ is gone, this means players like Austin Hooper, when he returns, Harrison Bryant, Jarvis Landry, and others will have to step up and pick up the slack. This also puts extra emphasis on Baker Mayfield’s performance, meaning he’ll have to step up for the Browns to win games.
Harrison Bryant emerged in Hooper’s absence and could be a key player to grab, especially if they need both tight ends to pick up some of the slack lost by losing OBJ.
However, at the end of the day, this makes things harder for a Browns team already without Hooper and Nick Chubb. Many of these guys that we’ve mentioned will need to step up and fill the production void left by OBJ’s injury.
What Does it Mean for Fantasy Owners?
This is a two-part equation. If you own OBJ, you’re potentially scrambling to get another receiver. Chances are he was probably your second receiver, so replacing a second receiver is much easier than replacing a #1. Unless you have Michael Thomas as your WR1, if that’s the case then I’m sorry.
If you are looking to pick up a receiver, players such as Cole Beasley, Christian Kirk, and Tee Higgins could be available for you. All three receivers have put together solid seasons and production of late. If you’re in a deeper league, the trade route may be your best bet if you have a surplus at a position.
If you are in a position to fleece someone in dire need of a receiver, do so. This is the time to get your trades in before your league deadline. If moving a receiver, if you have a surplus, to upgrade another position is possible, then absolutely do it. It’s a dog-eat-dog world in fantasy football.
At the end of the day, OBJ’s injury is a tough loss for both the Browns and fantasy owners alike. You’ll have a lot of questions and probably wonder what you should do in certain situations. If so, be sure to tweet @FantasyHROnTap with your questions and listen to the podcast to hear your questions answered. Fantasy Hour On Tap is available wherever you listen to podcasts.