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Cole Beasley 2020 Dynasty Outlook
Cole Beasley wasn’t always a WR, in fact, he was a QB in high school and was even named co-MVP in his conference. He was very much a dual threat, posting 1,570 yards and 12 TDs through the air and another 1,184 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. Even with these impressive stats, Beasley was only a 2-star recruit coming out of high school.
After not receiving many offers, Beasley accepted a scholarship to Southern Methodist University (SMU). They saw his potential not at QB, but at WR. During his first two years he was their WR3 and started more games than not. His breakout year came in 2010, his junior year, when he put up 1,060 yards on 87 receptions and 6 TDs. He continued this trend into his senior year, posting similar number with 1,040 yards on 86 receptions but only 2 TDs. He did add another 2 yard TD on his only rushing attempt in college.
In his draft profile, Cole Beasley was seen to be a shifty WR with natural hands and the ability to find the soft spots in the defense. Unfortunately, he is was undersized and restricted to the slot with no real blocking ability. Going to a small school, not many eyes were on him coming into the draft. Because of this, he went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Beasley was quickly picked up by the Dallas Cowboys. During training camp, he actually left for “personal reasons” and almost gave up football for good. In the end, he made the 53 man roster and decided to stick with his dream.
From his rookie season in 2012, he gradually improved his numbers year in and year out until 2016 when he posted the best numbers of his career. With 833 yards on 75 receptions, he had a 76.5% catch percentage–not bad for an UDFA. He topped off that season with 5 TDs.
Fast forward to the 2019 NFL season, and his first with the Buffalo Bills after signing a four-year, $29 million contract. After not seeing more than 6 starts in his career, the Bills better utilized him as he started 10 of 15 games and was an important factor in their offense. He had his second best fantasy season at the age of 30, posting 184.8 PPR points ranking as WR34.
With the addition of Stefon Diggs, where does Beasley fit in this Bills offense?
Cole Beasley Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020
Cole Beasley is set to retain his starting job as the WR3 for the Bills in the 2020 season. I find him to be a guy who’s slept on by many, but he continues to produce when given the opportunity. He had two 100+ yard games last year and always carries that kind of potential. He’s definitely nothing more than a flex play, but he could be a sneaky flex play depending on the matchup. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had similar numbers in 2020 as he did in 2019 due to the fact that Diggs and Brown are outside guys. His role in the slot shouldn’t be affected too much.
A big proponent to his success will be the continued development of Josh Allen. If he continues to trend upward, Beasley’s flex value isn’t too much to ask for. Yes, I know Beasley is continuing to age as he turned 31 this offseason, but he still has 2-3 solid fantasy seasons left in him. Look for Beasley to be a sleeper flex play in 2020 and beyond. He won’t win you a championship, but maybe he’ll help you get there.
Cole Beasley isn’t a very highly coveted player with an overall ADP of #215 and #74 among WRs in PPR formats. This is due to his lack of elite fantasy numbers throughout his 8 year career and his age. In both 1QB and SuperFlex leagues, his draft pick value is anywhere from a late 3rd rounder to a mid 4th rounder.
In 1QB leagues, his player comparisons are Boston Scott, Lamical Perine, Jordan Love, Devin Funchess, Malcolm Brown, Steven Sims, Randall Cobb and Jalen Hurts. I like both rookie QBs mentioned here if you’re looking to invest in that position for the future. Besides them, I think Beasley is the best option here with his sneaky value on that Bills offense.
Player comparisons for Cole Beasley in SuperFlex leagues include Ito Smith, Carlos Hyde, Gus Edwards, Trey Burton, Bryce Love and Chris Thompson. Then there are the familiar names in Devin Funchess, Steven Sims and Randell Cobb. Bryce Love is the only name that sticks out to me in this group because he’s got starter level talent. The only downfall to him is the crowded backfield Washington has.
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