Odell Beckham Jr. appealed the NFL’s decision to suspend him for Week 16, but the suspension was upheld after Beckham Jr.’s hearing.
The one-game suspension for #Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr was upheld today by appeals officer James Thrash. Beckham is out this week
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2015
So for those of you asking the question, “Is Odell Beckham Jr. playing,” the answer is no.
Of course, everyone has opinions on whether the suspension was too harsh, not harsh enough and whether or not the league should have looked into the behavior of the Carolina Panthers before the game.
But arguing about those questions isn’t going to help you win your Week 16 matchups in your season long leagues or in daily Fantasy Football.
Since we know Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t going to play in Week 16, here is a look at who is going to benefit the most from OBJ’s absence.
Replacing Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 16
Sine Week 8, Beckham Jr. has averaged seven receptions and 124.57 receiving yards per game. So naturally, those receptions and yards have to go somewhere.
It’s pretty easy to assume that Rueben Randle is going to be the biggest benefactor of OBJ missing time.
Randle only has one 100-yard performance under his belt this season, but he’s quietly caught touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. He’s also had a relatively safe floor the last two weeks, averaging 4.5 receptions per game.
The 24-year old receiver has a price tag of $7,000 on FantasyDraft.
Randle as the next man up makes sense, but what are some other scenarios that could play out?
Shane Vereen in Week 16
Vereen actually has the eighth-most receiving yards among all running backs, and that’s especially impressive considering the fact that Vereen has six games in which he caught one or fewer passes.
His reception totals have been especially volatile since Week 7, but the game plan for Week 16 may call to get Vereen more involved with OBJ suspended.
He’s still a risky play because head coach Tom Coughlin hasn’t established a consistent role for Vereen, but he has a lot of upside this week if you are willing to roll the dice.
The Minnesota Vikings’ defense has allowed 21 touchdown receptions to opposing teams this year.
Vereen is risky, but this next move is only for the boldest of the bold…
Hakeem Nicks in Week 16
Nicks has only caught one pass each game since suiting back up in Week 12.
He was only on the field for 49% of the offensive snaps in Week 15, and there isn’t any reason to trust him in Week 16 when you look at his playing time and stats.
But playing Nicks isn’t based on stats.
You play him because:
1. He has an extremely cheap price tag of $4,500 on FanDuel and $3,000 on Draftings
2. You hope that he and Manning rekindle their rapport from 2010. Nicks caught 11 touchdown passes that year.
If you start Nicks, you have to be comfortable with the fact that he may not catch more than one pass in this game. In fact, you have to be comfortable knowing that he may not even catch any passes in this game.
What your hoping for is that Manning and Nicks get in a groove early and Nicks is Fantasy relevant for Week 16.
Randle is safe, Vereen is risky and Nicks is extremely risky, but are there any other players who could have a big Fantasy performance on the Giants for Week 16?
Will Tye in Week 16
Tye is only averaging 33.5 receiving yards per game on the year, so he hasn’t been extremely useful in standard scoring leagues.
But if you’re in a PPR league, it’s important to note that the 24-year old tight end has averaged 4.8 receptions per game since Week 10.
His usage may not drastically change with OBJ out, but his reception totals even with Beckham Jr. in the lineup has made his floor very safe since Week 10.
The 262-pound tight end will cost you $5,100 on FanDuel and $3,500 on DraftKings.
If your championship is in Week 17, you can still rely on Odell Beckham Jr. because he will be playing. But if not, hopefully these alternative options can get the job done.
Categories: 2015 Fantasy Football