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WR Cole Beasley - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tony Romo got back under center last week, and the Cowboys won a game! He wasn't perfect (18/28 for 227 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown) but he was good enough to get the 'W'. Terrance Williams (four targets for 4/79/1 receiving) and Dez Bryant (nine for 4/45/1) celebrated his return with TDs, while Jason Witten glided to a three for 2/27/0 performance as Romo threw to the wideouts mostly in Week 11. We'll see how the passes are distributed here in Week 12, but at least the passing game has some vertical element in Dallas again. The Panthers' pass D is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 228.3 net passing yards per game, and they have more interceptions (15, best in the NFL) than TDs allowed (12). The Panthers have 31 sacks, tied for third-most in the NFL, while Dallas is tied for 16th in the NFL with 22 sacks allowed. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is ranked in the middle of the NFL regarding fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (20 on average, 18th in the NFL); 15th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (9.3); and is 19th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (20). Last week, Kirk Cousins managed 22/30 for 172 net passing yards, one TD and one interception while taking five sacks for -35 yards. This is a tough matchup for the Cowboys' reborn passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs SEA 29 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs PHI 46 0 0 0 11 9 112 2 0 23.2
10 at TB 35 0 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 0.8
11 at MIA 36 0 0 0 3 1 14 0 0 1.4
12 vs CAR 40 0 0 0 7 6 44 1 0 10.4
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Beasley was minimally-involved against the Dolphins with Tony Romo back this week. After a critical drop on an end zone target in the fourth quarter, Beasley rebounded to convert a third down in the closing minutes to ice the game. Beasley used his blockers well on a slot screen, working his way beyond the sticks.

2015 Week 10 vs TB (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Beasley saw only one target against Tampa Bay, but made a quality play on the ball in the second quarter. Matt Cassel's throw on Beasley slant route was behind him and Beasley snatched the ball cleanly.

2015 Week 9 vs PHI (11 / 9 / 112 / 2 rec)

Beasley had a career day against the Eagles. Defensive backs were no match for his lateral explosion on option routes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. In his best Wes Welker or Julian Edelman impression, Beasley would break in and out, gaining early separation and accelerating with the ball in his hands. Beasley converts a goal line route in similar fashion for the short-range touchdown. Later in the game Beasley took over a Dallas drive, capping it off with another option route score. Beasley even corralled a Matt Cassel pass behind him late in the game on third down. Beasley nearly doubled his previous game-high for receiving yards and nine receptions is also a career best mark.

2015 Week 8 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Beasley saw a long target against Seattle, dropping a slot screen pass in the red zone against Seattle. Without Tony Romo under center Beasley has been an afterthought in Dallas' pass game.

2015 Week 7 vs NYG (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a nightmare game for Cole Beasley against the Giants. On a short crossing route, Beasley had yet to clear the zone coverage when the Matt Cassel pass bounced off Beasley's helmet. Later in the fourth quarter, Beasley muffed a punt, giving the ball back to the Giants and ending Dallas' comeback chances in the waning moments.

2015 Week 5 vs NE (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

In addition to a third down out route to convert, Beasley logged a drop this week against New England. Even a higher volume day from the short-range preference of Brandon Weeden did not help Beasley's production as Darren McFadden was the preferred check down option. Beasley continues to make more impactful plays than Jason Witten in the chain-moving role of the offense.

2015 Week 4 vs NO (6 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)

Beasley was active and efficient over the middle against the Saints. In addition to yards-after-the-catch with a spin move into the red zone early in the game, Beasley consistently gained ground post-reception throughout. Beasley busted loose down the seam for 10+ yards and turned a short slant into a sizeable gain in the second half. Beasley continues to win against single coverage, creating safe throws for Brandon Weeden on obvious passing downs.

2015 Week 3 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Beasley performed well out of the slot against the Falcons. Brandon Weeden eludes pocket pressure, delivering a strike to Beasley on a 20-yard crossing route to convert a key third down. Beasley was tackled at the one-yard-line, a missed scoring opportunity. Beasley also took advantage of solid screen blocking as he took a short target 15 yards late in the second quarter. With Brandon Weeden showing limitations down the field, Beasley stands to benefit near the line of scrimmage.

2015 Week 2 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)

Beasley had a tough game against the Eagles, consistently seeing tight coverage and few opportunities for yards after the catch. He saw a red zone slot screen target, only to be tackled immediately at the line of scrimmage. On another high-leverage reception on third down, the Eagles defense tackled Beasley immediately, short of the marker. Beasley's lone success after the catch came on a broken screen pass tackle for a first down.

2015 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Beasley had the low-light play of the opening half against the Giants for the Cowboys. After a decisive out route and cutting up field for additional yardage, Beasley fumbled which was returned for a touchdown. It was the culminating moment of Dallas thoroughly outplaying the Giants, yet trailing 10-6 at the time. Beasley rebounded in the fourth quarter, juking multiple defenders after the catch and down to the one-yard-line on a red zone target - a highlight play for the slot receiver.


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