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Cole Beasley gets no love from ESPN’s fantasy football experts

Beasley isn’t a top-50 fantasy option at WR per ESPN

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While the start of the 2021 NFL season feels like it’s in the distant future, fantasy football drafts will be here before we know it. This series will take an early look at the Buffalo Bills and some fantasy football expectations for this season.

If you’ve followed any of my work in the past, you probably know that I’m not one to play the “disrespect card” when it comes to the Buffalo Bills. With that said, I was surprised to see that Cole Beasley seemed to fall off the radar of ESPN’s fantasy experts this offseason.

Despite being a top-30 receiver during the 2020 season, Beasley is nowhere to be found on the ESPN consensus ranking of the top-50 wideouts for 2021. Beasley finished 2020 with 82 catches for 967 yards, while adding four receiving touchdowns and one passing touchdown. He is also a favorite target of quarterback Josh Allen, which should result in 100+ targets again this season.

Fantasy football rankings are not anything to get bothered about in early June, and maybe Beasley will slip in your drafts thanks to these rankings. He is a reliable WR3 or FLEX option, and should remain a consistent weapon in the Buffalo offense for 2021. Biases aside, I prefer a reliable option like Beasley to players ranked ahead of him on the list including Antonio Brown, Laviska Shenault Jr., Marquise Brown, and Sterling Shephard.

Be sure to share your thoughts on Beasley as a fantasy option in the comments section below, and where you see him fitting within the ESPN rankings.