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In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of odbthe series by looking at one of my highest rated wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Philadelphia to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching the receiver in college: Once he has the ball in his hands, Beckham uses a strong stiff-arm to keep defenders away from him and seems to love to hand fight while running patterns.  This helps him exploit the defenses with the extra separation.  Beckham Jr. fools his coverage to cover one path, but quickly shifts his hips to explode down the field in a different direction.  His cut back ability in the open field, makes him quite dangerous because the young receiver starts and stops making the defense go right past him.

As a receiver, Beckham Jr. explodes off the line quickly and shields the pigskin from the defender covering him.  He has a great habit of making the first man miss.  The young wide occasionally lets the ball into his body, but it seems this is more about the quarterback’s ball placement which gave Beckham no other way to make the catch.  The wide out has quick feet, which makes him effective on reverses with his loose hips while he reading the offensive line’s blocks well. Read More »

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In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or donnellmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  One of these players is taking the Twitter and fantasy-verse by storm, Larry Donnell.  He had his own hash tag trending this past Friday.  The other, quarterback Mike Glennon, was a surprise starter his rookie year and got demoted due to a coaching change before the start of 2014.  Here are my thoughts:

TE Larry Donnell, NYG- Perhaps one of this year’s biggest surprises is the second year Grambling walk-on to the Giants tight end (nfl.com reports he is in his second year and rotoworld.com states that he is in his third season).  Of course, every week I try to evaluate at least one player from the Thursday night game and Donnell exceeded all expectations.  His versatility playing inline tight end, full back, split out-wide, and as a wingback impressed me.  When you first look at him, the young tight end looks all tall and lanky, but his amazing catch radius does the talking.  Donnell caught passes at the ball highest point, in his stomach, off his hip, and right out in front of his body in stride. Read More »