Where has the Megatron gone?
Once the perennial, consensus No. 1 receiver in preseason fantasy rankings, Calvin Johnson is no more. His shocking retirement left a gaping hole at the top. Who will fill it? How about a man under six feet tall?
1. Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants
Some experts predicted a big dropoff for Odell Beckham last season.
Indeed, Beckham didn’t post monstrous per-game totals like he did as a rookie. But who could have reasonably expected a repeat?
He was actually darn good considering the league was aware he was a fully operational battle station this time around. Defenses double-teamed him and tried to get into his head, and all Beckham did was eclipse 1,400 yards and score 13 touchdowns in 15 games last season. He is clearly a transcendent talent. About the only thing not to like is the likelihood his touchdown rate will regress a bit. If he gets many more targets -- he had “just” 158, far fewer than most of his contemporaries at the top of the fantasy heap -- that regression should be mitigated.