The Giants made Odell Beckham Jr. football’s highest-paid receiver on Monday, inking the 25-year old to a five-year extension worth up to $95 million with an absurd $65 million guaranteed.
Not everyone appreciates OBJ’s dramatic celebrations and occasional sideline outbursts, but it’s tough to argue with his production: Beckham’s per-game averages through four seasons place him above even the greatest receivers to grace the league since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger:
- Receptions per game: 6.7 (first)
- Yards per game: 94.1 (first)
- Touchdowns per game: 0.81 (third)
- Targets per game: 10.6 (first)
Beckham has largely carried the Giants throughout his career, as they have averaged 22.7 PPG in 47 games with their No. 1 receiver compared to just 16.9 PPG in 17 games without.
Eli Manning’s average of 7.1 yards per attempt and 1.9/1 TD/INT ratio have fallen to 6.2 yards and a 1.3/1 TD/INT ratio without OBJ on the field.
Beckham has been a welcome sight for Giants bettors, too:
- Giants in 17 games without OBJ: 5-12 straight-up (29.4%), 7-10 against the spread (41.2%)
- Giants in 47 games with OBJ: 21-26 SU (44.7%), 24-21-2 ATS (53.3%)
Let’s celebrate Beckham’s massive payday by remembering his finest spread-swinging performances.
2015, Week 14: Giants at Dolphins
- Spread: Giants -1
- Over/Under: 46.5
This Monday Night Football matchup was a less-than-thrilling tilt between a pair of 5-7 squads.
Still, both offenses found the end zone early and often, and the Dolphins seized a 24-17 lead in the third quarter.
After first burning old man Brent Grimes in the red zone with a beautiful toe-drag touchdown, Beckham executed a filthy double move to spring free for a game-winning 84-yard score.
Beckham eventually drove the final dagger into the hearts of Dolphins bettors, converting a short third down to seal the victory with less two minutes remaining and the Dolphins out of timeouts.
The 31-24 victory was yet another example of Beckham engineering a W out of thin air for both Giants and over bettors.
2016, Week 14: Cowboys at Giants
- Spread: Cowboys -3.5
- Over/Under: 47
The Cowboys were riding an 11-game win streak going into this matchup. Meanwhile, the Giants had won six of their past seven — and had already handed the Cowboys their only loss of the season.
Beckham found a way to get his team into the end zone in a classic NFC East slugfest short on big plays.
The Giants didn’t run a single play inside the Cowboys’ 20-yard line, but OBJ’s electric 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown midway through the third quarter wound up being all they needed.
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2015, Week 15: Panthers at Giants
- Spread: Panthers -4
- Over/Under: 48
OBJ’s on-field warfare with then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in this game provided one of the most-intense WR-CB battles in recent memory.
Norman and the Panthers built a 35-7 third-quarter lead in MetLife Stadium. Beckham was held without a catch in the first half and racked up four penalties in the game.
The performance was far from pretty, as OBJ was later suspended one game for a reckless helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman.
Still, the Giants’ ace receiver managed to once again save the day, toasting Norman for a late touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 14-yard line to tie the game.
The Panthers drove down the field and kicked a field goal to capture a last-second 38-35 victory, but Giants +4 bettors went home happy.
Bonus DFS Blowup: 2014, Week 12: Cowboys at Giants
Let’s not forget about DFS.
Beckham’s breakout performance against the Cowboys in November 2014 on Sunday Night Football featured 10 receptions for 146 and two touchdowns.
And let’s not forget OBJ’s one-handed catch for the ages, which elevated him to a different stratosphere among the general public and football fans alike.
Somehow, Beckham cost just $6,100 and $7,500 on DraftKings and FanDuel, respectively, during that game, which is still one of the best performances of his career.
He hasn’t been cheaper on a single slate ever since, and it’s tough to see that changing anytime soon.