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Fantasy Football: Start or Sit Cole Beasley in Week 4?

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Cole Beasley has been one of the Dallas Cowboys most underrated players for several years now. This season is no different, as Beasley continues to haul in the receptions. In three weeks, he has caught 20 balls for 213 yards, meaning he has been good for just under seven catches for 70 yards a week. In a PPR league, that is 14 points you will take any given week. Last week he did just that, as he had seven for 73 against the Chicago Bears at home.

This week the Cowboys will be on the road, traveling to the west coast to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Luckily for Dallas and Beasley, the 49ers are arguably the worst team in the NFL along with the Cleveland Browns. Over the past two weeks, the 49ers have allowed over 300 yards in the passing game to the Panthers and the Seahawks. During the Seahawks game, Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards, despite having two bad ankles. Then when Trevone Boykin came in, he completed seven passes for 65 yards.

Now Beasley is not a big play type of guy. He is your prototypical slot receiver who is going to load up on shorter catches that add up to solid fantasy numbers. And Boykin showed last week those short passes could be completed with ease against the 49ers defense. That will only help benefit Beasley.

Then we add in the Dez Bryant factor. Dez has a hairline fracture in his right knee and is considered day-to-day. He may play this week against San Fran. But he is questionable for sure. His absence would only mean more targets in Beasley’s direction. Even if he does suit up, it could very well be in a limited or decoy type of role, which would also benefit Beasley.

If that was not enough to convince you, Beasley leads the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards. This week they take on the crappy 49ers, and I am calling for eight catches and 90 yards. Start the man.

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