Cole Beasley just had a career season in 2020, and he should once again be productive this year. He's worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR. Last season, Beasley set career highs in targets (107), catches (82) and yards (967), and he also scored four touchdowns. He did this while playing through a fracture in his leg to close the season. He should be 100 percent healthy to open training camp, and Beasley should be No. 2 on the team in targets behind Stefon Diggs, even with the addition of receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Beasley is a trusted weapon for Josh Allen, which has proven to be a good commodity for Fantasy managers.
Beasley, who has been vocal about his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations and the league's protocols, was present at the team's first training camp practice Wednesday and shared some statements to explain his thoughts with both the press and teammates, Maddy Glab if the Bills' official site reports. Some had speculated that Beasley was so frustrated by the league's handling of virus protocols that he might be willing to sit out the season, but that won't be the case. He's also cleared the air with some of his teammates who may not share the same views. While Beasley could make some comments defending fellow players that choose not to get vaccinated this season, he appears set to go full steam ahead with the 2021 season as the Bills try to improve off last season's AFC Championship Game appearance.
Beasley, who played through a leg fracture at the end of last season, did not join team drills during this week's minicamp practices but participated in individual drills and appeared to be running at full speed, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports. It sounds like Beasley has a good chance at being close to full-go by the time training camp rolls around in July, though we'll keep tabs on his progress. Beasley posted career highs in catches (82) and yards (967) in 2020 and probably is the most important factor in the Bills' high-powered offense after Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.
Beasley played through a fractured fibula during the playoffs, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. The Bills listed Beasley with a knee injury from Week 17 through the AFC Championship Game, never revealing any details. The slot receiver missed only one game (the regular-season finale) but said the injury bothered him during the first two rounds of the playoffs. Beasley felt better during the AFCCG loss to Kansas City, and he expects to have a normal offseason after catching seven passes in his final appearance of the campaign. The 31-year-old should be safe in Buffalo for the third season of his four-year, $29 million contract, considering he finished 2020 with career highs for catches (82), receiving yards (967), targets (107), yards per catch (11.8), yards per target (9.0) and catch rate (76.6 percent).
Beasley caught seven of nine targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Beasley finished as the Bills' leading receiver on a night where the usually dominant duo of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs were held in check. The slot specialist took another step forward in his second season with Buffalo, setting new career bests in receptions (82) and yardage (967) while hitting pay dirt four times across 15 contests during the regular season. Even with consistent improvements, the veteran receiver was only a must-roster player in PPR formats, offering a high floor and consistent targets to offset a lack of touchdowns. The four-year, $29 million contract Beasley signed back in 2019 is starting to look like a bargain for one the game's top slot receivers.
Beasley (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Kansas City, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports. Beasley has been dealing with the same knee injury since late December, missing Week 17 before catching seven passes for only 57 yards in two playoff games. A return to full participation Friday suggests he'll be fine for his usual role, and he could even see a few extra snaps if No. 4 receiver Gabriel Davis (questionable - ankle) isn't able to play.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|5||10/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|10||11/14||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|12||11/25||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|13||12/06||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|14||12/12||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|16||12/26||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|18||01/09||New York Jets||18||23.13|
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|3 Year Avg||100||71||806||4||43||11.35||106|