SIT: WR Odell Beckham Jr. and WR Rashod Bateman
Beckham and Bateman are back in Week 5 after missing two and one game respectively. That might be true, and they are officially the WR1 and WR2 of the team above rookie Zay Flowers, but that has simply not been the case this season.
Beckham has been good in limited playing time and participation. He's caught five of seven passes for 66 yards this season, which isn't bad but it's great either. Bateman has yet to get more than three targets in a single game, although he's caught seven of the nine targets thrown his way.
Bateman was expected to have a breakout year but it feels like he 1) was eased into the gameplan to start the year judging by his low usage, 2) has struggled with injuries and already missed Week 4 which has affected his play, and 3) has seen a drop in production going from 35 yards in Week 1 to 18 in Week 2 and lastly six in Week 3.
Beckham comes with a sky-high ceiling and we know he can do impressive things on a football thing. He's already grabbed a couple of long-yardage passes thrown by Lamar. The problem has been the volume, the volability, and the availability (OBJ is questionable to play Sunday but he said he will be on the field on Friday).
Bateman is starting to look like a possession receiver with limited upside in an offense that doesn't go for gaudy passing attempts or anything of the like. As is always the case with these two, it's better to wait at least a week to see where they stand in terms of health and usage and go from there.
The only thing that could convince me of starting them (no higher than at a FLEX spot) is the atrocious Steelers defense. Other than that there's nothing too positive about using any of these two on paper.