Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley

Wide Receiver #11
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 177 lb.
Born:April 26, 1989
Drafted:2012 / UDFA

Cole Beasley: Working through back issue

Beasley was placed on the Active/NFI list on Wednesday due to an upper-back injury, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The team's No. 3 wideout should have plenty of time to recover ahead of the team's Week 1 game and already has the benefit of continuity with the team's offense and quarterback, but we'll keep an eye on the situation nonetheless. Assuming the issue subsides, the biggest question surrounding Beasley's value will be how much the presence of offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs affects the other receivers.

July 29, 2020 2:21 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Diggs not a threat?

Quarterback Josh Allen said last week that Beasley's production will be helped and not hurt by the addition of Stefon Diggs this offseason, The Buffalo News reports. "I think this is going to give them an opportunity to have more chances to catch the ball," Allen said on Sirius XM NFL Radio in reference to Beasley and fellow receiver John Brown. "They had career years and everybody talking about the addition of Stefon Diggs will hurt their value. I think it's the other way around ... Cole, on the inside, if you put a nickel on him, he's a tough cover in man-to-man."

Analysis: We're not completely sold on increased production for either Brown or Beasley, as the Bills prefer to maintain a strong running game to go with their top-level defense and there are only so many balls to go around for Diggs, Brown, Beasley, tight end Dawson Knox and running back Devin Singletary. However, Beasley is the clear slot guy and it's likely the other guys will be competing against each other with more frequency than the guy who sticks to short, over-the-middle patterns. Beasley put up an impressive 67-778-6 line last season, and while the career-high touchdowns may be tough to match, we also don't see a huge hit to his targets and effectiveness coming. He remains a consistent fantasy play with little upside for 2020.

July 4, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Still has top-three role

Beasley, Stefon Diggs and John Brown are expected to serve as the Bills' top three wide receivers in 2020.

Analysis: The Diggs trade is great news for the Buffalo offense but far less promising for Beasley's target volume. The former Cowboy was mostly limited to slot work in three-wide formations early last season, eventually progressing to a role in two-WR sets as he played more than 80 percent of snaps in five of his final six regular-season games. Beasley once again figures to be limited to three-receiver alignments now that Diggs is in the picture, so a reprisal of last year's 106 targets will be tricky if his teammates stay healthy.

March 30, 2020 9:47 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Disappointed after playoff loss

Beasley was disappointed with his lack of opportunities in a 22-19 playoff loss to Houston on Jan. 4, Matt Parrino of reports.

Analysis: Beasley was limited to 64 percent snap share and five targets in a game that saw Josh Allen throw 46 passes. The slot receiver played more than 80 percent of snaps in five of his final six games during the regular season, only to lose some work to Duke Williams -- 10 targets, 66 percent snap share -- in the playoff loss. Williams dropped a couple passes and was limited to 4.9 yards per target, so he didn't make the best case for himself heading into the offseason. Beasley will turn 31 in April as he prepares for the second season of a four-year, $29 million contract, likely serving as the second or third option in Buffalo's passing attack in 2020. Williams and John Brown also remain under contract, while Isaiah McKenzie is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

January 29, 2020 7:08 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Out for Week 17

Beasley is among the inactives for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Buffalo is locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and several of the team's veteran starters aren't even suiting up. Get Beasley out of your lineup, while in general Buffalo seems like one of those teams in a boat you're better off avoiding from a fantasy standpoint this week.

December 29, 2019 8:51 AM EST

Cole Beasley: May play only partial game

Beasley and other Bills starters could be rested in the finale against the Jets, The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Week 17 is always filled with fantasy landmines, so part of the task at hand for any owner still playing out their league is to figure out which NFL teams are playing to win and which teams are playing to keep guys healthy and fresh for the playoffs. While coach Sean McDermott tipped off that the Bills will probably use some or all of their starters for a portion of Sunday's game, it'd be a big surprise if they went the whole way or even into the second half, as the team cannot change its No. 5 seed no matter what this week. That makes Beasley a risky play compared to other receivers typically in the same value area.

December 26, 2019 8:51 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Tops 100 yards

Beasley hauled in seven of his 12 targets for 108 yards in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Beasley was one of only two Bills' receivers to record multiple catches and also accounted for seven of the team's 13 receptions in the contest. Though not regularly a part of his production profile, Beasley brought some big-play ability as well, gaining more than 10 yards on five of his touches. Overall, Beasley has had a productive first season in Buffalo and is nine receptions short of a new career high. However, he may not play a full complement of snaps in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Jets, as the Bills are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC.

December 21, 2019 6:13 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Limited to one catch

Beasley caught one-of-six targets for six yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: After three straight weeks with a touchdown, Beasley struggled Sunday, finishing with a season-low one catch. The rest of the Bills' passing offense struggled as well, however, against a tough Pittsburgh defense. Beasley will look to bounce back against the Patriots in Week 16.

December 16, 2019 4:39 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Scores for third straight game

Beasley caught four of seven targets for 29 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Beasley finished third on the team in targets, and although he finished second in receptions, his mark of 7.3 yards per catch was rather unimpressive. He did manage to haul in a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, however, giving him three scores in his last three games. Beasley is up to six trips to the end zone on the season and will look to add to his numbers next Sunday against the Steelers.

December 8, 2019 9:32 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Revenge game against Cowboys

Beasley caught six of seven targets for a season-high 110 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 26-15 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The former Cowboys slot receiver had plenty of experience playing in Dallas on Thanksgiving, and his comfort level with the national stage showed as he wound up leading both teams in receiving yards on the day. Beasley's 110 yards was only two shy of his career best, set in 2015, and he's emerged as one of Josh Allen's most trusted options since Buffalo's Week 6 bye, finding the end zone in five of the last seven games.

November 28, 2019 5:26 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Leads way for pass offense

Beasley finished Sunday's 20-3 win over Denver having caught six of nine passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Beasley led the Bills across receiving categories Sunday as Denver, for the most part, attempted to take away John Brown. Beasley stepped up to the challenge, gaining 30-yards on a catch-and-run crosser to set up a second-quarter field goal and then splitting the seam during the first drive of the second half to reel in an 18-yard touchdown. Beasley is finding a groove in Buffalo with at least four catches in each of his last three games and four touchdowns in his last six outings. Thursday brings a trip to Dallas' top-10 pass defense, but Beasley figures to be fired up to take on his old team.

November 24, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Snags four passes in win

Beasley caught all four of his targets for 38 total yards during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.

Analysis: Beasley's biggest play came early in the third quarter in which he beat his man to the inside from the slot and went for a 15-yard gain to set up a Buffalo touchdown. The veteran receiver had a nice three-game scoring streak in Weeks 7 through 9, but has not otherwise found the end zone this season and has topped 50 total yards just thrice. He remains at his best as a high-volume underneath target. Next up is Denver's top-five-rated pass defense.

November 17, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Worst game as a Bill

Beasley caught all three of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's win over Tennessee, seeing the field for 65 percent of the offensive snaps.

Analysis: This was the lowest output of the season for Beasley, who remains about the most dependable receiver for modest output but one that has a low ceiling as well -- he's been used as an effective chain mover for the Bills while still looking for his first TD with the team. Beasley only has one red-zone look all season, something that probably won't change with tight end Dawson Knox emerging in recent weeks and the large, athletic Duke Williams breaking into the game plan against the Titans. Still, Beasley should be a starter all season and remains a viable option for those in deep leagues seeking 5-50-0 type lines.

October 7, 2019 10:43 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Targeted 12 times in loss

Beasley caught seven of 12 targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Beasley edged out John Brown by one target, two catches and six yards for the team lead in each category. Starting quarterback Josh Allen got knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, but backup Matt Barkley proved capable of moving the offense effectively with 127 passing yards after coming in. While Buffalo's red-zone efficiency will likely suffer without the threat of Allen running the ball, the team's receivers could actually benefit from having a more accurate quarterback under center should Allen need to sit out against the Titans in Week 5 or beyond.

September 29, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Thrives underneath in Week 3

Beasley caught eight of 10 targets for 48 yards and added a two-point conversion in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Buffalo went for two after scoring the game's first touchdown, and quarterback Josh Allen was able to find Beasley. The slot receiver didn't have a single catch go for more than 10 yards but still delivered a quality performance for owners in PPR formats. He never caught more than 75 balls in a season with Dallas, but Beasley's on pace for 91 catches in his first year with Buffalo, having hauled in 17 receptions through three games.

September 22, 2019 3:05 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Burns Giants for 51-yard catch

Beasley caught all four of his targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Beasley did most of his damage on a 51-yard catch in the second quarter. With nine catches for 123 yards through two games, Beasley looks like the clear-cut second option in Buffalo's passing game after John Brown.

September 15, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Cleared for Week 2

Beasley (illness) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Beasley returned to practice Friday as a full participant, after sitting out Thursday's session. He'll now take aim at a Giants secondary that was torched by Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb last week.

September 13, 2019 11:11 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Back in business

Beasley is dressed for Friday's practice after missing Thursday's session due to an illness, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Perhaps the Bills will ake it easy on the veteran slot receiver during the final practice of the week, but Beasley looks like he'll be good to go for Sunday's game at the Giants. He posted a 5-40-0 line in his Bills debut last week, but missed a catch that resulted in a turnover. His nine targets were a good sign, as Beasley and Josh Allen had a good rapport for much of the summer.

September 13, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Picks up illness

Beasley didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: In his first appearance with the Bills on Sunday, Beasley started and earned the second-most offensive snaps in the receiving corps. While he was targeted nine times, he managed just five catches for 40 yards. It's unclear if this illness is merely a temporary concern, but his status on Friday's injury report bears watching for his Week 2 availability.

September 12, 2019 11:18 AM EST

Cole Beasley: New team, same role

Beasley caught five of nine targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Beasley played a familiar role with his new team, freeing himself up near the line of scrimmage while gaining no more than 10 yards on any reception. The former Cowboys slot receiver should serve as a safety valve for second-year quarterback Josh Allen, but there may not be enough volume in Buffalo's passing game for Beasley to do much more than he did in this one on a week-to-week basis. He'll face a familiar foe in Week 2, when the Bills stay downstate to take on the Giants.

September 8, 2019 3:43 PM EST

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