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Cole Beasley Leads NFL in Shocking Category

Isaiah De Los Santos
Cole Beasley leads the NFL in this shocking category.
Cole Beasley leads the NFL in this shocking category. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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The Buffalo Bills currently sit atop the AFC East with a record of 7-3, ahead of the second-place Dolphins (6-3). The Bills have destroyed opposing teams through the air, racking up the most passing yards (2,789) of any team this season. Part of the reason for that success has been the impressive play of wide receiver Cole Beasley.

In fact, Beasley leads the league in one shocking category: Highest rate of plays with positive Expected Points Added (EPA).

EPA measures the value of specific plays by accounting for down, distance, and field position at the beginning of the play and contrasting it with the situation after the play. This indicates that Beasley is often making plays that lead his team in the right direction. It's a great sign that he sits atop of a list with several marquee players, including his teammate, Stefon Diggs.

Even more impressively, the gap between Beasley and the No. 2 player in that category, George Kittle (68.0%), is an absolutely massive 6.6%. For reference, that's considerably wider than the gap between the second-place Kittle and fifth-place Diggs (64.0%).

Beasley is coming off his most productive of the season in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals, hauling in 11 catches for 109 yards and 1 touchdown. For the season, he's turning 6.7 targets into 5.5 receptions and 64.2 yards a game.

The 5-foot-8 receiver will get the chance to add to his already-impressive resumé against the 2-7 Los Angeles Chargers in Week 12. Los Angeles is currently giving up 232.3 passing yards per game, which ranks No. 16 in the league.


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