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WR Cole Beasley - Dallas Cowboys

5-8, 177Born: 2-26-1989College: Southern MethodistDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Beasley was quiet in a tough matchup with Captain Munnerlyn and the Vikings pass defense. The outlook improves against the Giants this week, but Dez Bryant is also making WR1-type plays and should see the clear #1 role in the target share in a low volume pass offense.

Week 14: at New York Giants

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 at PIT 35 0 0 0 9 5 33 0 0 3.3
11 vs BAL 44 0 0 0 6 5 59 1 0 11.9
12 vs WAS 35 0 0 0 6 5 56 0 0 5.6
13 at MIN 25 0 0 0 4 2 23 0 0 2.3
14 at NYG PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
14 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Beasley had his lowest statistical output of the season, seeing a season-low four targets and just two catches against the Vikings. Dallas threw the ball just 18 times in a defensive-minded affair, but Beasley still made a highlight play. On an out route reception, Beasley juked the defender after the catch for additional yardage and the first down. The Giants offer more shootout potential next week as all but Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott had stunted performances this week.

2016 Week 12 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)

While Jason Witten's volume took a hit in Dallas' ball-control victory over Washington this week, Beasley's was the clear secondary option to Dez Bryant with six targets, a hearty 25% of the team total. Beasley worked down the field more than typical games, converting two deep out routes, one a contested situation and another on third-and-long, in the first half. Beasley also iced the game with a key conversion in the closing minutes. With Washington on the ropes against the clock, Beasley burst through the defense with a slot screen catch-and-run to essentially ice the game.

2016 Week 11 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)

As usual, Beasley was efficient with his moderate target volume against Baltimore. Beasley's touchdown in the front corner of the end zone warmed a previously cold Dallas offense in the opening few drives. Late in the game, Beasley was at his best. The shifty slot receiver forced a missed tackle and gained nearly 20 yards to convert third down. In the closing minutes, Beasley iced the game with a slant reception into field goal range. After his worst game of the season in Week 10, Beasley was back to his efficient ways and 50 or more receiving yards this week.

2016 Week 10 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

While Beasley saw nine targets, the second-highest total of the season, his streak of eight straight games of 50 or more receiving yards came to an end this week. Beasley lacked his overall after-the-catch burst and wiggle plus logged an uncharacteristic drop on a third down target in field goal range, halting a Dallas drive. Beasley was stuffed on a slot screen as well, a staple play in the Cowboys offensive playbook. The Ravens and Vikings offer challenges for the Dallas pass game over the next three weeks, key rebound opportunities for Beasley patrolling the short and intermediate areas of the field.

2016 Week 9 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 56 / 1 rec)

Despite Jason Witten collecting more than half of Dallas' passing yardage in the comfortable win against Cleveland, Beasley still hit the 50-yard threshold for the eighth straight game to open the season. Beasley now has four touchdowns over the last four games as well. Beasley had a slow start but warmed up with a wide open red zone out route touchdown and a huge fourth quarter seam route reception, holding on through a big hit.

2016 Week 8 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Beasley had a lethargic start to the game against the Eagles, held without a target until the fourth quarter. The jitterbug slot receiver did manage to continue his streak of 50-yard games this season as a key element of Dallas' comeback win. Beasley corralled a low target of note as well as hauling in a 23-yard overtime reception as Dallas drove to victory. Beasley also attempted a pass -a throwback to Terrance Williams deep - which Beasley overthrew in the fourth quarter. With Dez Bryant back in the lineup, Beasley's upside is tempered.

2016 Week 6 vs GB (6 / 6 / 58 / 2 rec)

Beasley continued his outstanding start to the season with yet another game of at least 50 yards. Beasley caught all of his targets and maximizes his opportunities. He used his blockers well on a wide receiver screen early in the game and draw a defensive pass interference penalty. However, his route running was his finest aspect of this week. On both of his touchdowns, Beasley showed such control of defensive backs in coverage. Beasley motioned across the formation multiple times on a goal line snap before sprinting to the flat and converting for the short-range touchdown, diving for the score. Later, Beasley lulled the defensive back to sleep by slow-playing his route off the line of scrimmage, simulating a run play to the opposite side of the field, only to bolt away on an out route for the red zone touchdown. Beasley is proving to be one of the best slot receivers in the NFL and a security blanket for Dak Prescott.

2016 Week 5 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 53 / 1 rec)

Beasley, like the rest of the Dallas offense against Cincinnati, had an efficient game. He caught all of his targets, including Dallas' lone receiving touchdown on the day. Beasley optimizes his opportunities with strong hands and after-the-catch acumen. While Beasley did not see a target until late in the second quarter, his first reception was classic Cole Beasley, beating the coverage and turning up the field to the end zone. Late in the game, Beasley wiggled through after-the-catch contact to convert a third down. Beasley is one of three NFL receivers with at least 50 yards in all five games this season.

2016 Week 4 vs SF (4 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Beasley continues to maximize his opportunities within the Dallas offense. Against the 49ers, Beasley led the Cowboys in receiving yards, despite being fourth in targets and seeing his lowest volume of passes this season. Beasley converted two third downs, one a quality low catch, and salted away the late-game lead breaking away from San Francisco's defense on a catch-and-run, 47-yard jaunt on a slot screen reception in the closing minutes. Beasley has hit 60 or more receiving yards every game this season, one of only four pass-catchers in the NFL to achieve the benchmark through the opening month of the season.

2016 Week 3 vs CHI (7 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)

Two weeks can be a fluke, but three weeks is a strong trend as Cole Beasley continues to collect strong target numbers in the Dallas pass game. Beasley had 29% of the team targets and has caught 20-of-25 passes this season. Beasley had at least six targets in every game. Beasley was his usual chain-mover this week against Chicago, but added a long gain. Beasley shook free down the seam, gaining significant separation, and sped down to the one-yard-line after the catch nearly scoring on the play. Beasley also took a big hit in the contest, a crossing route where he fought for the first down marker on third down, coming up just short. Durability with his slight frame and consistent work on the interior, is Beasley's biggest concern going forward.

2016 Week 2 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec)

For the second week in a row, Beasley was a featured element of Dallas' pass game. Dak Prescott has fed Beasley inside of 15 yards as a chain mover. Beasley has upped his game as well to match. Beasley gained sizeable separation on a slant route from the slot, ducking under a defender after the catch en route to a 25+ yard gain into the red zone. Beasley also had a critical out route reception into field goal range in the fourth quarter. Beyond the box score, Beasley drew a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone, tackled by the defender, to stake Dallas at the goal line.

2016 Week 1 vs NYG (12 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec)

Beasley was a highlight player for the Cowboys passing game to open the season. Dak Prescott peppered Beasley with 12 targets, more than Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams combined. Beasley was at his best breaking tackles and converting third downs in the opening two-and-a-half quarterbacks. His highlight play came on third-and-long in the final minute as Dallas drove for the potential game-winning field goal. Beasley took a big hit and held on to convert the third down and continue the drive. While a low-upside weekly option, Beasley is a critical chain-mover for the Dallas passing game as Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams are more perimeter and down-the-field options.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Dallas not expected to rest starters (Tue Dec 6, 12:12 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Dak Prescott, WR Dez Bryant and WR Cole Beasley are expected to see their usual reps down the stretch, as team owner Jerry Jones stated it will be 'business as usual' even if his team clinches the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Our View: That's good news for fantasy owners who have been riding guys like Elliott into the fantasy playoffs. If you make it to the championship in Week 16, then it sounds like your Cowboys will be available.
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