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Odell Beckham

Older wideout still has market

Story this week that the Dolphins are interested in signing Odell Beckham. It would be an interesting landing spot, potentially, but it's fair to wonder if Beckham is still capable of putting up big numbers.

Injuries have cost him a lot of time over the years, with a broken ankle in 2017 and torn ACLs in 2020 and then the Super Bowl after the 2021 season. He's 31 years old, not an age when players generally put injuries behind them.

But Beckham was mostly healthy last year, playing in 14 games for Baltimore. It seemed like perhaps the Ravens were afraid to use him, or angling to keep him healthy for the more important postseason. He averaged just 2.5 catches for 40 yards, with 3 TDs. It's not as if the Ravens had a duo like Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle taking targets away from him (Zay Flowers was Baltimore's only receiver with more yards than him).

Miami didn't have a notable third receiver, with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combining for 191 catches, 2,813 yards and 17 touchdowns. That's 60 percent of the team's passing yards and nearly as much of its 30 touchdown passes. Seems like Beckham would need one of those top 2 to get hurt to really become fantasy viable.

Age-wise, though, 31 need not be a death sentence for wide receivers. Last year in particular was a good year for older wide receivers delivering quality production.

I looked at the last 10 years of wideouts aged 30 years or older during the season. There have 57 to put up at least top-40 production in PPR leagues -- nearly 6 per year. Fifteen have ranked in the top 12 at their position, so 1-2 per year.

And that's on average. Based on 2023, it might be becoming more common. Last year, four wide receivers aged 30 or older ranked in the top 10, and five more at least finished with top 40 numbers.

Table shows wideouts over the age of 30 who have put up top-40 production in PPR leagues in the last 10 years. The 2023 success stories are in bold.

WIDE RECEIVERS 30 YEARS OR OLDER IN THE TOP 40 (2014-2023)
YearPlayerAgeTgtRecYdsAvgTDRk
2016Jordy Nelson, G.B.3115297125713.0142
2022Davante Adams, L.V.30180100151615.2143
2019Julio Jones, Atl.3015799139414.163
2015Brandon Marshall, NYJ31173109150213.8143
2018Antonio Brown, Pitt.30168104129712.5155
2017Larry Fitzgerald, Ari.34161109115610.665
2023Mike Evans, T.B.3013679125515.9137
2019Julian Edelman, N.E.33153100111711.267
2015Larry Fitzgerald, Ari.32145109121511.297
2023Keenan Allen, LAC31150108124311.578
2023Stefon Diggs, Buff.30160107118311.189
2023Davante Adams, L.V.31175103114411.1810
2020Adam Thielen, Min.301087492512.51410
2016Larry Fitzgerald, Ari.3315010710239.6611
2015Calvin Johnson, Det.3014988121413.8912
2022Tyler Lockett, Sea.3011784103312.3913
2016Julian Edelman, N.E.3015998110611.3314
2017Demaryius Thomas, Den.301408394911.4516
2023Adam Thielen, Car.3313710310149.8417
2020Marvin Jones, Det.301157697812.9918
2014Steve Smith Sr., Balt.3513479106513.5618
2014Anquan Boldin, S.F.3413083106212.8519
2018Julian Edelman, N.E.321087485011.5621
2014Roddy White, Atl.331258092111.5721
2023DeAndre Hopkins, Ten.3113775105714.1722
2018Emmanuel Sanders, Den.31987186812.2523
2016Mike Wallace, Balt.3011672101714.1423
2016Pierre Garcon, Was.3011479104113.2324
2018Larry Fitzgerald, Ari.351126973410.6626
2020Cole Beasley, Buff.311078296711.8427
2021Adam Thielen, Min.31956772610.81028
2014Andre Johnson, Hou.331468593611.0328
2017Michael Crabtree, Oak.301015861810.7830
2015James Jones, G.B.31995089017.8830
2022Adam Thielen, Min.321077071610.2631
2018Golden Tate, 2TM301137479510.7431
2019Emmanuel Sanders, 2TM32976686913.2532
2023Tyler Lockett, Sea.311227989411.3533
2014Vincent Jackson, T.B.3114270100214.3233
2021Marvin Jones, Jac.311207383211.4434
2019Cole Beasley, Buff.301066777811.6634
2017Ted Ginn, N.O.32705378714.9434
2015Ted Ginn, Car.30974473916.81034
2014Brandon Marshall, Chi.301066172111.8834
2019Larry Fitzgerald, Ari.361097580410.7435
2016Brandon LaFell, Cin.301076486213.5635
2016Steve Smith Sr., Balt.371017079911.4537
2014Marques Colston, N.O.311005990215.3537
2023Brandin Cooks, Dall.30815465712.2838
2018Jordy Nelson, Oak.33886373911.7338
2017Mike Wallace, Balt.31925274814.4438
2014James Jones, Oak.30112736669.1638
2021Cole Beasley, Buff.32112826938.5139
2018Demaryius Thomas, 2TM31895967711.5539
2023Cooper Kupp, LAR30955973712.5540
2015Anquan Boldin, S.F.351116978911.4440
2014Malcom Floyd, S.D.33925285616.5640

--Andy Richardson

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