The Wild Card round is approaching rapidly and there are still plenty of variables you should consider when putting together lineups for together for this weekend’s four-game slate. The wide receiver could be especially difficult. Especially when selecting your second, third, and fourth option.
The Buffalo Bills’ Cole Beasley ($5,600) and Philadelphia Eagles’ Greg Ward ($5,200) could be solid choices to fill in wideout slots. Both have decent DFS upside, but we feel that the more experienced player should get the nod here.
Fantasy football analysis: Bills WR Cole Beasley, Eagles WR Greg Ward
Beasley hasn’t missed a beat since he decided to leave the Dallas Cowboys for Buffalo. The eighth-year veteran finished with his second most receiving yards (778) yards ever and recorded career highs in receptions (67) and touchdown catches (6). The 106 targets he got this year were only second to John Brown’s 115 on the Bills. Both Brown and Beasley played 15 games in 2019 and developed plenty of chemistry with Josh Allen. Either could serve as a WR1 on any given night, which will make it hard for the Houston Texans to key in on either on come Saturday.
Ward on the other hand is in this situation because DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery are on the IR while Nelson Agholor is out with a knee injury. Zach Ertz’ questionable status only adds to the poor condition of Philadelphia’s ragtag receiving corps. While Ward has been solid and reached double-digits in each of his last three appearances, he’s only played in three games and is one of the few options Carson Wentz has. If the Seattle Seahawks only have to worry about Dallas Goedert and Ward catching the football, it doesn’t bode well for Ward’s production.
Start Beasley and sit Ward. Beasley is only slightly more expensive and should have more room to operate because of Buffalo’s edge in offensive versatility.