Who Would you Rather: Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham?


By: Robert Wykowski follow me on Twitter @SportsDragon_

July 12, 2017

With the football season approaching within the next couple weeks, many fantasy football participants may begin to fill out their fantasy draft boards. If you were to choose between two receivers in the first round, who would you rather take? Giant’s Odell Beckham or Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown? 
Odell Beckham is entering his 4th season in the league after being drafted No. 12 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. During his career he accumulated 4,122 yards on 288 receptions. Beckham is averaging 14.3 yards per reception. For the 2017 season he has the 8th easiest schedule among receivers. FantasyPros say Odell is projected to have 98 receptions for 1,326 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 2017 season. Inside the 20 yard line, Odell was targeted 21 times with 9 receptions for 54 yards and 5 touchdowns. Inside the 10 yard line, Odell had 9 targets and 4 receptions for 17 yards and 4 touchdowns. During his rookie season Odell missed the first four games due to a hamstring injury and during his second season Beckham was suspended by the league for one game. Beckham is projected to be drafted 6th overall while Antonio Brown from Pittsburgh is projected to be taken 4th. 

Antonio Brown is entering his 8th season in the league after being drafted No. 195 in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Steelers. With Brown playing both receiver and return man, Brown has put together 8,377 receiving yards and 2,721 returning yards in his career. Brown also has 50 receiving touchdowns while having 5 return touchdowns. In 2016 Brown had 12.1 yards per catch while receiving for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns.  For the 2017 season Brown has the 20th easiest schedule for receivers and is projected to be taken 4th overall in the upcoming fantasy season. FantasyPros.com projects Brown to have 113 receptions for a total of 1,465 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

The one downside of Antonio Brown is his production when Big Ben goes down. In 2011 week 16 Big ben was out, Brown posted 3 catches for 34 yards 0 TDs. Big Ben and Brown were both hurt in 2012 during weeks 11 and 12, but Antonio Brown did play week 13 without Roethlisberger and he caught 5 passes for 58 yards 0 TDs. Fast forward to 2015 when Big Ben was out for 4 games, due to a MCL injury and Brown posted the following numbers: 5 catches 42 yards, 3 catches 45 yards, 3 catches for 24 yards, and 6 catches for 124 yards. Once again 0 TDs. To further breakdown the splits with and without Ben Roethlisberger, please see the chart below.
Beckham and Brown are two of the best receivers in the league. They are both excellent receivers when thrown to down field. While Beckham tends to fight for more yards after catch than Brown. Both players rack up big numbers and can help lead your team to the playoffs. Personally I would take Odell Beckham just because he is young and continues to grow year after year. His yards per catch (14.3) and yards after contact (5.58) show he is tough and has good hands. Which receiver would you rather draft for fantasy football?
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