WR Cole Beasley - Buffalo Bills

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Beasley was a beast in his revenge game at Dallas, and he scored in five of the last seven games. He'll be a big part of the game plan against the Ravens.

Week 14: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Buffalo's passing attack grades as an average-to-slightly-below-average unit across the board this season. The Bills lean towards a run-heavy approach, ranking 24th in total pass attempts this season, producing medial yardage, touchdown, and interception numbers to go along with their 6.3 net yards per attempt, ranking 17th in the NFL. Josh Allen has proven to be a competent quarterback here in year two, with definitive strengths and weaknesses to his game. Allen's athletic ability enables him to run frequently and successfully, yet remains behind the expected learning curve processing opposing defenses and making the proper reads. When Allen does air it out, he funnels the ball to John Brown and Cole Beasley the majority of the time. Brown leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards, making him the most valuable fantasy asset on the team. However, Beasley has emerged in recent weeks as a viable fantasy receiver, tallying back-to-back 6-catch, 75+ yard, 1-touchdown performances. Moving forward, these two should continue to dominate the production through the air, even in an unimpressive passing attack as a whole. Baltimore's pass defense grades as an almost perfectly-average unit this season, defending almost exactly the league-average number of pass attempts and allowing the 15th-best net yards per attempt mark in the NFL. The Ravens have, however, excelled in preventing touchdowns through the air and forcing turnovers, with a 10-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio allowed, that ranks 3rd-best and 7th-best in the league, respectively. On the season, the Ravens rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, which makes it exceptionally difficult for wide receivers to flourish as well. A more nuanced feature of a pass-defense, tight end coverage, is another place that the Ravens accel, also posting the fourth-best fantasy defense in that regard. Along the defensive line, Matthew Judon stands out as the team's most feared pass-rusher. Judon leads the team in sacks, with seven on the season, and he has more than twice as many pressures on opposing quarterbacks as any other Baltimore defender. Then, in the secondary, Marcus Peters and Earl Thomas top the charts as the team's best defensive backs. Peters, a mid-season acquisition, leads the way with five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the NFL, with three coming in a Ravens' uniform. Thomas, an offseason free agency acquisition, grades as one of the NFL's best pass-defending safeties once again this season, rounding out one of the NFL's best secondaries. In all, this is a unit that should give Josh Allen fits in Week 14, making Buffalo's quest to lock up a wild card spot exceptionally difficult down the stretch.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at CLE 46 0 0 0 6 4.0 74 0 0 7.4
11 at MIA 65 0 0 0 4 4.0 38 0 0 3.8
12 vs DEN 65 0 0 0 9 6.0 76 1 0 13.6
13 at DAL 59 0 0 0 7 6.0 110 1 0 17
14 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.6 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.6 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Cole Beasley's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs DAL (7 / 6 / 110 / 1 rec)

Cole Beasley had one of the best games of his season in a return to Dallas on Thanksgiving. Beasley was elusive after the catch throughout the game and was used on deeper routes than his typically short route tree. Beasley had a red zone catch for a touchdown over the middle on a play where Josh Allen created with his feet to extend the play. Beasley will get a tough matchup against the Ravens in week 14 at home.

2019 Week 12 vs DEN (9 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)

Cole Beasley was the leading receiver for the Bills on Sunday against the Broncos. Beasley was involved early in the offense and two long receptions, including a crossing route on play-action and then a slant from the slot in the red zone for a touchdown. Beasley also added a drop but is a reliable target for Josh Allen in the short game as a chain moving player in tight coverage. Beasley will get a revenge matchup against the Cowboy on Thanksgiving.

2019 Week 11 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley had another quiet game against the Dolphins on Sunday as John Brown had a strong performance as the leading receiver. Beasley caught all four of his targets which were primarily in the short passing game. Beasley's volume has waned in recent weeks as the passing game has revolved around John Brown, but he continues to be the clear second receiver in the offense. He will look to bounce back next week at home against the Broncos.

2019 Week 10 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley had a quiet first half against the Browns on Sunday before heating up late in the second quarter. He was quiet until late in the second quarter when he had a drop but added a nifty route on a slant route for a big run after the catch opportunity. He drew more deep work this game, with an overthrown deep ball to go along with a deep route down the middle that set up a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Beasley will get a good matchup against the Dolphins next week.

2019 Week 9 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

Cole Beasley had a low volume game against Washington with the offense producing well on the ground and only attempting 20 passes. Beasley caught both his targets, including a whip route near the goal line for a touchdown that salvaged his fantasy day. Beasley still has a strong role in the offense and should rebound in higher passing volume games.

2019 Week 8 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 41 / 1 rec)

Cole Beasley had a low volume but effective fantasy day against the Eagles on Sunday. Beasley had a touchdown in the first half on a crossing route in the red zone where Josh Allen extended the play with his feet and pulled the defense away from Beasley for an easy score. He had a quiet remainder of the half before catching an out route and extending the play with a run after the catch. The remainder of Beasley's work came in garbage time when Buffalo was trailing, including two errant passes by Josh Allen. Beasley will have a good matchup next week against Washington.

2019 Week 7 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 16 / 1 rec)

Cole Beasley had a slow start against the Dolphins, with his first reception coming late in the third quarter on a short pass over the middle. Beasley managed to salvage his fantasy day with a short touchdown on a quick flat route. Beasley will look to bounce back next week against the Philadelphia Eagles at home.

2019 Week 5 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley had a quiet game with only three receptions. All three were short routes, including two receptions on third down, one for a conversion and one a near miss. Beasley still has a strong role in the offense despite a down week. Beasley will be off next week before a good matchup in week seven against the Dolphins.

2019 Week 4 vs NE (12 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley was the leading target in the Buffalo offense in a loss to the Patriots. He was the target of multiple errant throws from Josh Allen early in the game, including a deep corner route and a deep route where a low pass went off his fingers. Beasley had some success when Allen settled down, including catches on RPOs and two catches on the final drive of the game with Matt Barkley at quarterback. Beasley will face a good Titans defense in week five.

2019 Week 3 vs CIN (10 / 8 / 48 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley led the Bills in targets and was effective in the short area of the field. Beasley has proven to be an effective short target for Josh Allen which was an area where Allen struggled last season. Beasley helped to move the chains and kept the offense on schedule on his receptions but was unable to break any big gains. He and John Brown had dominated the target share for Buffalo's wide receivers through three weeks for Bills. He will be an important target next week against the New England Patriots.

2019 Week 2 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 83 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley led the Bills in receiving in a week two win against the Giants. Beasley has been a strong target for Josh Allen in the short area of the field and was successful Sunday on multiple third downs. Beasley's big play was a busted coverage where he set the Bills up in the red zone with a big run after the catch. The Buffalo wide receiving corps has been centered around Beasley and John Brown through two weeks with minimal involvement from ancillary wide receivers. Beasley will look to continue his strong role in the offense next week against the Bengals.

2019 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)

Cole Beasley operated as a safety blanket for Josh Allen in a week one win against the New York Jets. Beasley worked his typical slot and underneath role, creating space and easy throws for Allen that he rarely saw last season. Beasley's performance did hold back Allen as he contributed to a Dallas pick-6 on a low throw that he should have caught. Instead of catching the pass, Beasley deflected it into the air, and it was easily intercepted by the Jets and returned for a touchdown. He also dropped an excellent touch throw along the sideline. Beasley will face the New York Giants defense next week.


Latest News

Bills | Cole Beasley surpasses 100-yard mark (Thu Nov 28, 08:11 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley caught six passes for 110 yards and one touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. He was targeted seven times during the game.

Our View: Beasley's big game fit the revenge narrative in his return to Dallas. He was roasting single coverage all week and should stay in lineups as WR3/Flex against the Ravens next week.
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Bills | Cole Beasley catches six passes (Sun Nov 24, 05:10 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley caught six passes for 76 yards and one touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. He was targeted nine times during the game.

Our View: Beasley benefited from playing a defense with a good #1 corner but weak coverage players beyond Chris Harris. Mike Williams could be a good play on this theory against Denver next week and Beasley will face his former Dallas team on Thanksgiving.
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