TRADING SPACES: Dorial Green-Beckham

By Shaun Laibe, DFW Writer @Shaunlaibe 



Dorial Green-Beckham is everything you ever wanted in a receiver, standing at 6’6″, 235 lbs, and running a 4.49 second 40-yard dash. My DGB7colleague Chris Hall pointed out here that the biggest draw to DGB has always been about his upside. Unfortunately, upside is all we have to go on at the moment. The hype began early for Green-Beckham, who was a two-time All-American in high school. He was also the first wide receiver to be named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year since 1989. Green-Beckham was a blazing track star in high school as well, posting a 10.59 personal best in the 100-meter dash. Needless to say, DGB was already a star before enrolling at Missouri.

Dorial Green-Beckham has had his fair share of trouble off of the field. His first incident came during his freshman year when he was arrested for drug possession. Around a year later, he was arrested again on another count of drug possession, but this time with the intent to distribute. He was layer released when the drugs were determined to belong to another passenger in the car Green-Beckham was driving. Several months later, DGB forced his way into an apartment and allegedly pushed a woman down some stairs. While this did not lead to any legal issues, it did ultimately cause his dismissal from Missouri. Green-Beckham then transferred to Oklahoma, but he declared for the NFL Draft before ever playing a single down as a Sooner. 

After entering the league as a 2nd round draft pick, the rookie campaign for DGB started rather slow. He eventually broke out against Jacksonville in Week 12, hauling in 5 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. He had another stellar game two weeks later against New England when he caught 6 balls for 113 yards. A two-game sample size can make any player look like gold, but that was all it took for dynasty nerds like me to drool over his potential future output.

On August 16th, Dorial Green-Beckham was traded from the Tennessee Titans to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for offensive lineman, Dennis Kelly. What caused the Tennessee management to move on from DGB for such a little return? We may never know for sure, but Titans Coach, Mike Mularkey, stated that this was a move based on need and not based on the team giving up on Green-Beckham. DGB was drafted by the former regime in Tennessee, so they likely wanted to cash in while his value is still high in the “upside” territory.


The fantasy outlook for DGB remains similar to what it was before the trade. If anything, his road to playing time is much more clear in Philadelphia than it was in Tennessee. Assuming he keeps his nose out of trouble, Green-Beckham will contribute to be a big time prospect with WR1 upside, ranked somewhere in the top 30 of dynasty WR rankings.


The Eagles are one of my favorite teams to follow because they are about as unpredictable as they come. The off-season began with the firing of Chip Kelly and the re-signing of Sam Bradford. Knowing that Bradford is one of the more injury-prone quarterbacks in the league, new Eagles Head Coach, Doug Pederson, brought in Chase Daniel to be the veteran backup. Daniel’s contract is worth $21 million over three years, so he didn’t come cheap. Not to be outdone, the Eagles then made the Browns an offer they couldn’t refuse, trading up to #2 overall to draft Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. With the plethora of QBs on the roster, it makes sense for the team to make a move for a receiver such as Green-Beckham. The main competition for the top receiving spot is third year receiver,  Jordan Matthews. The Eagles offense will have to create a new identity after the firing of Chip Kelly, but I think the addition of Dorial Green-Beckham helps mold that identity nicely. 


Tennessee had one of the more cluttered receiving corps in the league before the departure of DGB. The hot name thrown around dynasty circles is rookie Tajae Sharpe out of Massachusetts. Sharpe has impressed early in camp,  but the Titans receiver I like the most right now is Rishard Matthews. Matthews is coming off an excellent season in Miami and I expect him to step in right away and be a top target for Marcus Mariota. The player I am stashing from this squad is second year receiver, Tre McBride. After spending much of 2015 on the Titan’s practice squad, McBride will certainly look to take advantage of the increased reps in practice.