Odell Beckham Jr. Injury Update: Fantasy Analysis With Browns WR Out For Week 1

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  • Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to lingering effects from a torn ACL the receiver suffered last season.
  • The three-time Pro Bowler had warmed up for the game but was later deemed unfit to play.
  • Beckham Jr. had been ranked by The Action Network as the No. 21 overall fantasy wide receiver prior to the news.

The Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. will not play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs due to lingering effects from a torn ACL he suffered last season.

Beckham Jr. had been a limited participant in practice and was listed as questionable heading into Sunday.

He had a no contact mandate all summer and had been expected to play in Week 1, according to reports from Sunday morning.

Beckham tore the knee ligament in Week 7 last season against the Bengals.

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Beckham Jr. had come into the week ranked as the No. 21 wide receiver by The Action Network’s fantasy rankings. You can find our complete fantasy rankings and additional analysis from Chris Raybon and Sean Koerner here.

Fantasy football managers have another hour or so to replace Beckham Jr. in their lineups, though every player that is currently competing in the early window will be ineligible.

The Browns and Chiefs will face off as part of the afternoon slate, kicking off at 4:25 ET on CBS.

“I expect a few more targets for Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper,” The Action Network’s Sean Koerner said. “For people that need an emergency plug and play, Donovan Peoples-Jones could be a good pickup — he’s up to my WR65. I expect the second-year player to step up in Odell’s absence and he could have a big game.”

“Landry is an interesting flex play — especially in PPR formats — and Hooper has low-end TE1 upside,” The Action Network’s Samantha Previte said.

Cleveland is catching 5.5 points as a road dog at FanDuel, while the total of 54.5 marks the highest in Week 1.

Sunday’s tilt features a rematch of last year’s AFC divisional round. The Chiefs won that game narrowly as 7.5-point favorites, but failed to cover in the 22-17 win.

Beckham Jr. played in seven games last season before suffering his knee injury. The LSU product finished with career lows in yards per game (36.3), receptions per game (3.3) and catch percentage (53.5%).

The Browns are a legitimate threat in the NFL, owning the third-shortest odds to win both the conference (+700) and Super Bowl (+1500). Sunday’s Week 1 opponent, meanwhile, is favored for both.

The public’s expecting a tight-knit battle in the AFC North, as the Browns and Ravens are both marked at +130 to win the division at FanDuel.

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