Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley still remains out with the same hamstring injury that bothered him toward the end of the 2016-17 season, as Beasley has not participated in the Cowboys’ training camp.
“Expect Beasley to get an MRI on his hamstring,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University, said. “He should be ready to go for preseason training.”
Although Beasley was able to play through the injury last season, he apparently hurt it in Week 10, and it has been lingering since. The Dallas medical staff is referring to it as “hamstring tendinitis,” according to Beasley, and he alleges that he could play if the season started tomorrow.
Still, any lingering hamstring issues can sap Beasley of what he does best on the football field by finding tiny seams in the defense. After making his way to the NFL as an undrafted free agent, Beasley quickly became star rookie quarterback Dak Prescott’s favorite target, amassing a team-best 75 receptions for 833 yards and five touchdowns.
This injury should not affect Beasley’s fantasy value, regardless of how much of a nag it may be for him. If the Southern Methodist product can actually play if need be as he says he can, he should be more than fine for the regular season. Beasley should have no issue getting back in sync with Prescott after finding success so early into Prescott’s career.
Beasley is in an interesting option for fantasy drafts, though, because with the return of a healthy Dez Bryant, Beasley’s receptions may decline. However, Prescott gave Beasley just as much attention even when the star receiver was on the field, but that may be up in the air this season, especially if Prescott becomes more confident in his deep ball.
Beasley is definitely worth a later round draft pick at this point, especially in larger leagues. Although he does not fall within the crop of elite wideouts, Beasley’s strengths make him very valuable in points per reception formats, as he may have eight to ten catches for limited yardage due to his role as a safety valve at times for Prescott.