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Giants Pick Odell Beckham; Good News, Rueben Randle Enthusiasts!

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Over the course of the following days, the writers here at RotoViz are going to be sharing our thoughts on the fantasy implications of the draft. These pieces will be less extensive than usual so that we can cover more players, but we’ll spill plenty of ink covering these guys over the remainder of the offseason.

With the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select… Odell Beckham Jr.? That can’t be right. It is? This guy? Oh, ok then.

As interesting as that choice is, as a whole Rotoviz isn’t that high on Beckham. One guy that we are high on is Rueben Randle, as you can see here and here. If you’re still not convinced that Randle isn’t the better prospect, I suggest you compare the two using our College Career Graph App.

So, if the Giants spent their 1st round pick on Beckham, they’re throwing in the towel on Randle, right? Not exactly. Tom Coughlin still seems to be counting on him. Randle just turned 23 on Wednesday.1 Keep in mind they brought in Ben McAdoo from Green Bay as their new offensive coordinator. It’s suspected that the offense will better fit Randle’s strengths, but that’s not even the biggest advantage. Green Bay has been pretty well-known for running sets with three or more WRs over the past couple of years; it’s likely Beckham just fills a need for the Giants.

That’s not even the best part! It’s no secret that we’re really sensitive to price here at RotoViz. We really like Rueben Randle for a number of well-thought out, well supported reasons. The problem was that a lot of other people were really starting to like Randle just because they saw a vacuum when Hakeem Nicks left the team, so he actually wasn’t as big of a steal as we would have liked. Those people might bail on Randle now, pushing his price down, and all thanks to a little rookie derangement. This also presents a good buy-low opportunity if your resident Randle owners are panicking.

While I don’t plan on drafting Beckham anywhere, and I don’t think the Giants should have drafted him,2 this move could be the key to winning  a number of titles next year, so I can’t complain.

  1. The Giants are bad at belated birthday gifts.  (back)
  2. Apologies to our resident Giants fans.  (back)
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