Cole Beasley had a career year for the Cowboys in 2016, and he will look to build off that performance this year. Last season, Beasley had 75 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns on 98 targets. The receptions and yards were a career high, and he tied his career best in touchdowns. While it's a good sign that he had an instant rapport with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, keep in mind that most of his production came when Dez Bryant was at less than 100 percent with his knee injury. Beasley scored at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in six of his first 10 games, but he was at five points or less in each of his final six outings. Beasley will remain the slot receiver for the Cowboys between Bryant and Terrance Williams, and he's worth a late-round pick in PPR leagues. But owners in standard formats should only target Beasley in deeper leagues since it's unlikely he will repeat his production from 2016 as long as Bryant is healthy this year.
Beasley caught four of eight targets for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. With Dak Prescott unable to find anyone open down the field against a stingy Broncos secondary, the Cowboys' QB looked Beasley's way fairly often on short underneath routes, but the slot receiver wasn't able to do much with them. Unlike 2016, it's been a quiet start to the season for Beasley, but his numbers could begin to pick up next week against the Cardinals.
Beasley caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 19-3 win over the Giants. He filled his usual role as a possession option for Dak Prescott on a night when neither offense looked especially sharp, but Beasley's circus catch early in the fourth quarter -- when he juggled the ball and pinned it against the nameplate on the back of his jersey before tiptoeing along the sidelines to stay in bounds and get a first down -- will probably be in heavy rotation in highlight reels for a while. Don't expect much improvement in his numbers next week when the Cowboys faces the tough Broncos secondary.
Beasley hauled in both targets for 23 yards during Saturday's preseason win versus the Colts. After getting the benefit of veteran days off in the Cowboys' first two exhibitions, Beasley didn't make an impact in the team's initial drive for a touchdown. However, his presence in the slot was finally felt during the second possession, during which he logged a pair of catches. If Dez Bryant avoids the injury bug in 2017, as he has since Week 16 of last season, Beasley will be hard-pressed to lead the squad in targets, receptions and receiving yards for a second year in a row. However, repeating his 75-833-5 line on 98 targets is more likely with a healthy Bryant operating within the offense.
Beasley won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, NFL Network's Alex Flanagan reports. The Cowboys are simply resting their key offensive players, so Beasley's absence is not a concern. However, with Ryan Switzer (hamstring) not expected to play, it's unclear who will operate as the primary punt returner Saturday.
Beasley (hamstring) will have no restrictions as the Cowboys start training camp, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. Beasley was sidelined for the entirety of Dallas' offseason program due to a lingering hamstring issue, but the agile wideout has since recovered from that injury. As a result, Beasley will be able to take on a full workload to start practices, providing quarterback Dak Prescott with a trusted security blanket on underneath routes as the duo begins their second camp together.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||Los Angeles Rams||9||13.00|
|5||10/08||Green Bay Packers||17||17.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|9||11/05||Kansas City Chiefs||25||25.00|
|12||11/23||Los Angeles Chargers||24||24.00|
|14||12/10||@New York Giants||11||14.00|
|3 Year Avg||74||55||596||5||36||10.84||89|