LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills: Fantasy Football Outlook

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LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #9 19.62 BUF Out 6 years 27 5'11 208 @CutonDime25

2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Oct-08-2015 by Shawn Childs


UPDATE (10/8): LeSean McCoy has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Now in his seventh season, McCoy was off to a decent start before his injury. He is not a full-blown workhorse, but Fantasy owners can depend on him for 15 to 20 touches every week. Even after he returns, hamstring injuries do have a tendency to flare up again. With the emergence of rookie RB Karlos Williams as a decent backup, he may be used more often as a change-of-pace option behind McCoy moving forward.

After leading the league with 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 yards from scrimmage in 2013, McCoy's struggled last season as he watched his yards per carry drop from 5.1 to 4.2. A lingering turf toe injury might have had a lot to do with that. Even with 339 touches in 2014, LeSean finished 12th among RBs in Fantasy Football World Championships scoring, averaging 12.85 fantasy points per game. His lack of explosiveness was really visible in the passing game (5.5 yards per catch in 2014; 10.4 in 2013). Over the last three years, McCoy has scored only 21 times after he recorded 20 TDs in 2011. For his career, LeSean is averaging 4.6 yards per rush with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The Bills completed 114 passes to the RB position in 2014, but their new coaching staff doesn't have the same philosophy. Jets and 49ers running backs combined for 101 receptions last year. McCoy is a very talented back with great change-of-direction quickness. The Bills don't have a great offensive line, and LeSean isn't a lock to get the goal-line carries. McCoy is a great player, but he may not be an elite RB1 in 2015.

SCOUT Fantasy: 2. There's a lot of skepticism in the Fantasy Expert community about LeSean McCoy. Even with the certainty that Rex Ryan will focus on a run-first scheme, is the skepticism justified? Isn't McCoy guaranteed to see a high volume workload both as a runner and receiver?

Talbot: I don't think the skepticism is justified. The team has said that they want to give McCoy over 300 carries in 2015. Last season, the run game couldn't get going due to the play of the offensive line. In the offseason, the team upgraded at both guard spots with rookie John Miller and Richie Incognito. Cyrus Kouandjio has also looked vastly improved at right tackle as well. In addition, the team has brought in two of the best run blocking fullbacks in the NFL in Jerome Felton and John Conner. While it's doubtful that the team carries both fullbacks, they've essentially added another blocker for McCoy. Right now, McCoy is going towards the end of round 1, and I believe that's exceptional value for McCoy in 2015.

Latest Update

Oct-09-15 Bills RB Karlos Williams has been ruled out for Week 5

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams has been ruled out for Week 5. He was put in the concussion protocol Monday night, did not practice this week and has not cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. He will not be out there Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis:

With both LeSean McCoy and Williams out, Anthony Dixon will get the start. The team also signed Boom Herron this week and he is expected to see significant touches. While neither guy is very easy to trust, Dixon has to be considered the better option at this point. However, neither guy is a great option. Nonetheless, they could be sneaky good low-priced DFS plays. Other than that, Dixon is a desperation flex option.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

10/9 - Bills RB Karlos Williams has been ruled out for Week 5 Injury
10/7 - Bills RB Karlos Williams did not practice Wednesday Injury
10/7 - Bills RB Anthony Dixon will be the starter if Karlos Williams can't play Injury
10/6 - Bills RB Karlos Williams is in the league's concussion protocol Injury
10/6 - Bills sign RB Boom Herron
10/4 - Bills RB LeSean McCoy expected to miss 3-4 weeks Injury
10/2 - Bills RB LeSean McCoy has officially been ruled out for Week 4 Injury
10/2 - Bills WR Sammy Watkins has officially been ruled out for Week 4 Injury
10/1 - Bills RB LeSean McCoy is all but officially ruled out for Week 4 Injury
9/30 - Bills RB LeSean McCoy 'doesn't look good' for Week 4 Injury

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
1.02 DLF - Pretty easy choice here, high tempo offense, great all around back and still getting better it seems
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