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Odell Beckham Jr. not interested in fantasy football

Odell Beckham #13 of the Giants celebrates his

Odell Beckham #13 of the Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Odell Beckham Jr.'s real life is its own form of fantasy football, but when it comes to the actual statistic-based game, the Giants' rookie receiver said he passes rather than catches.

"It's not my thing," he said on Thursday. "I don't have time to do substitutions or anything like that. It's too time-consuming."

That doesn't stop the rest of the world from playing and, if they have Beckham on their team, benefiting. According to, 39 percent of the teams in championship games in their fantasy leagues feature Beckham. That's the second-highest percentage behind DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell.

"People talk to me about fantasy all the time," Beckham said. "I don't really pay much mind to it. I don't play football to play for someone's fantasy team. I play because this is what I love to do. This is now my job."

Beckham wasn't always the darling of the "sport."

"I know earlier when I was hurt, there were a lot of people who [gave up]," Beckham said. "I would see the little tweets, 'I dropped you from my fantasy team.' That's on them, I guess."

He still gets tweets from fans asking if they should play him or sit him. (If you have to ask that, you probably shouldn't be playing fantasy football.)

"In the back of my mind I'm thinking, 'I'm not your coach, so you do what you need to do,' " Beckham said. "I didn't expect people to be so into fantasy. I guess you can see how serious it is for other people."

Miffed over muff

Not everyone is so enamored of Beckham. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn was upset that the rookie muffed a punt that was recovered by Washington late in last week's game.

"I told him he can catch the ball with one hand, you can do all these different things, but let's catch that with two hands and not have a muff," Quinn said.

Beckham also was flagged for a penalty for an insufficient signal of a fair catch.

"That's just a learning point for him," Quinn said.

Giant steps

Running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice and seems unlikely to play Sunday against the Rams . . . Linebacker Jameel McClain (knee) was a full participant in practice . . . Asked if he thinks Beckham should win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, Tom Coughlin chortled but did not answer.

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