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How to handle Cole Beasley injury in the 2021 NFL Playoffs

Cole Beasley is on the Bills final injury report for the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

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Game status: Cole Beasley is ACTIVE for the playoff opener against the Colts.

Game day update: Cole Beasley is expected to play on Saturday, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is officially listed as questionable on the injury report for Wild Card weekend. He’s still dealing with the knee injury that kept him out of action in the regular season finale. Beasley suffered the injury late in the Bills’ Week 16 game against the Broncos. His status for Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts is an important situation to watch as it’s likely to have a trickle down effect on fantasy football production in Buffalo’s loaded offense.

Fantasy impact: Cole Beasley (knee)

Beasley was able to practice, on a limited basis, on Thursday; the first work he’s been able to get in since the injury. That’s a good sign, but it’s not a guarantee that he’ll be active on Saturday, or that he’ll be effective is he is in uniform.

He had a career year working out of the slot for the Bills this season, finishing with 967 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games. He was regularly seeing double-digit targets from Josh Allen over the last month of the season, and a solid fantasy presence.

Without Beasley, Isaiah McKenzie would likely see more work. He filled in as the Bills’ slot receiving in Week 17, catching six of nine targets for 65 yards and two touchdowns.