Fantasy Football Week 13 Projection: Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.


The New York Giants season may be coming to an end, but for fantasy football owners this week is an important one as it is the last week before playoffs start in many leagues. Even with their poor record, the Giants will still have plenty of impact on fantasy football leagues because of a combination of an easier schedule and some good players. One of those players is Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham Jr. made headlines last week against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, making one of, if not the best catch ever. It was a ridiculous one-handed catch down the sideline in which he was interfered on by Brandon Carr, yet still came down with the 43-yard touchdown.

Beckham Jr. torched the Cowboys last week to the tune of 10 receptions on 11 targets for 146 yards and two touchdowns. It was the type of performance that puts a player on the map not only in fantasy football, but for teams and fans to take notice of. The one-handed catch only punctuated that Beckham Jr. is here to stay.

For this week, Beckham has been dealing with a nagging back injury suffered against the Cowboys, but practiced throughout the week. There were some discrepancies about Beckham Jr. being taken off the injury report or not, but it is essentially a moot point; there was never really any doubt that Beckham Jr. wouldn’t be suiting up.

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As it currently stands, Beckham Jr. is really the only weapon the Giants have at wide receiver, and should continue to receive the lion’s share of targets from Eli Manning. He has proven previously that he is capable of great things, and this week he should be able to showcase that yet again against an underwhelming Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense.

On the season, the Jaguars have given up the 14th most fantasy football points to opposing wide receivers. That is middle of the road, but they have given up their fair share of big games. 12 players have gone into double-digit scoring against the Jaguars thus far this season at wide receiver, half of which was at least 17 points in a .5 PPR league, putting them squarely on the WR1 plateau.

This week Beckham Jr. should become the 13th and seventh player to reach those numbers. In the last two games the Jaguars have played, they have given up big games to Dez Bryant and T.Y. Hilton, the No.1 receivers for the Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts, who scored 30.8 and 21.7 points respectively.

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Another big game should be on the docket for Beckham Jr. He has shown that he is a big time receiver, and is virtually incapable of being shut down entirely because of the different ways the Giants can get him involved in the game plan. Giants’ fans and fantasy football owners of Beckham Jr. alike will enjoy Sunday afternoon.

Projection: nine receptions, 115 receiving yards, 20 rushing yards, one touchdown