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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

5-11, 198Born: 7-12-1988College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 2

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LeSean McCoy suffered a hamstring strain in Wednesday, October 19th, practice. He did not practice on Thursday, but returned to a limited practice on Friday. He will reportedly be a game time decision for Week 7, and there is a strong possibility that, even if active, McCoy sees only limited snaps.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 24): McCoy (hamstring) said Sunday, October 23, that he felt 'a little pain in his injured left hamstring in the Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins while running a pass route in the third quarter. He and the team decided to sit him for the remainder of the game. 'I just tried to take off,' he said. 'The smartest thing to do (was to sit), instead of re-injuring anything or making it worse. I kind of felt it was a warning.' He'll be evaluated further on Monday to determine the exact nature and severity of the re-injury.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): McCoy played despite a hamstring issue, aggravated it, and did nothing to help fantasy teams. Even though he tore up the Patriots the first time the teams played it will be hard to trust him this week - if he plays.

Week 8: vs New England Patriots

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at NE 53 19 70 0 6 6 38 1 0 16.8
5 at LA 44 18 150 0 2 2 8 0 0 15.8
6 vs SF 49 19 140 3 3 2 2 0 0 31.2
7 at MIA 23 8 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs SF (19 / 140 / 3 rush, 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy is the best player on the Bills offense. He shows that week in and week out and showed it against the 49ers on Sunday. In one of his earlier carries, McCoy followed a blocker downfield. McCoy does not tend to do this as a runner but it made for a good look. He took a few direct snaps but with radically varying results. His second direct snap had McCoy squeezing through a small hole to score a TD. But the other direct snaps tended to have him taken down immediately as the 49ers knew it was a running play. McCoy even made a big play in the passing game; he caused a DPI while running a route in the endzone for a big yardage gain. It must be noted that McCoy still struggles pushing through the pile in short yardage situations.

2016 Week 5 vs LA (18 / 150 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had a great game breaking tackles and making guys miss in the open field. The offensive line was able to open up some big holes for him and he was excellent with the space. His best play of the game was an amazing cut that completely knocked down a defender and then a quick switch of direction to spin around another player for a big run. McCoy still suffers from an inability to push the pile, he was not effective in short-yardage situations, but his overwhelming talent in space makes up for that shortcoming.

2016 Week 4 vs NE (19 / 70 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 38 / 1 rec)

LeSean McCoy now is the undisputed holder of the "best player in the Bills' offense" title. Without Sammy Watkins, the team will turn to McCoy more and more before the year is out. McCoy has consistently been a fast and elusive back but has been occasionally encountering issues with the offensive line. The new OC has turned to direct snaps and read option plays in order to give McCoy more space with which to work. It's been a good use of his abilities and McCoy has been running well. However, with no strong deep threat, defenses will have their sights on not letting McCoy break the big yardage so the yards will not be there every game.

2016 Week 3 vs ARI (17 / 110 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)

Unlike previous games when LeSean McCoy performed well on the edge and poorly in the middle, the Bills' offensive line opened up big holes that McCoy jetted through. Plus, he still played well on the edge runs. This is the type of game that the Bills expect from McCoy and he delivered. Unfortunately, as the game went on the blocking faltered. The second half showed more of the hits behind the line of scrimmage that McCoy is used to taking. However, if the Bills can block as they did in the first half, McCoy is in for another big year. He still could benefit from a bruising back to spell him though.

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (15 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was the only Bills' RB that had a carry against the Jets. And, other than a late 4th quarter target (which was turned into a TD), McCoy was also the only RB to be targeted for a pass. The Bills are part of that shrinking group of teams that avoid running by committee. It's easy to see why McCoy is trusted. Considering how many Bills' running plays start with a defender in the backfield, it is impressive how many carries do not involve significant loss of yardage because of McCoy's elusiveness. McCoy is very effective coming out of the backfield running routes as well. On the other hand, it is obvious that the Bills still need a back that can push the pile to supplement McCoy; multiple conversions failed with less than 1 yard to go. E.J. Manuel even came into the game twice to QB sneak because of McCoy's inability to get the short, hard yards. McCoy, a veteran, also made a rookie mistake at the end of the first half. With around 30 seconds remaining, he stayed in bounds to pick up an extra yard instead of getting out of bounds. This caused the Bills to spike the ball on 2nd and 1 which caused the rest of the drive to fizzle. This is a mistake that no player should make.

2016 Week 1 vs BAL (16 / 58 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy is a great running back that showcases his talent every game he plays. He is a speedy, elusive runner and his ability to bounce to the outside helps him pick up massive chunks of yards. He is a threat to take it to the house every time he runs a route out of the backfield. Unfortunately, with Karlos Williams no longer on the roster, McCoy must also be the RB that runs up the middle of the field into the pile. This is not one of McCoy's strengths. Multiple times against the Ravens, McCoy decided the middle was too clogged and tried to make it to the edge instead. When this high-risk, high-reward strategy hits the risk, McCoy loses big yards. If the Bills are not able to find a between-the-tackles runner over the course of the season, McCoy will have to start taking the guaranteed 3 yard runs instead of trying to make the big plays.


Latest News

Bills | LeSean McCoy likely questionable (Mon Oct 24, 04:55 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will probably be questionable for Week 8 after aggravating his hamstring injury in Week 7, according to a source.

Our View: Same as it ever was. The reports out of Buffalo seem to indicate we're going to deal with the same thing we did on Sunday in regards to McCoy and his primary backup Mike Gillislee. Add Reggie Bush to the mix, and you can see how this Bills RB situation is a messy one for fantasy owners.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy felt pain in hamstring (Sun Oct 23, 06:48 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) said Sunday, Oct. 23, that he felt 'a little pain in his injured left hamstring in the Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins while running a pass route in the third quarter. He and the team decided to sit him for the remainder of the game. 'I just tried to take off,' he said. 'The smartest thing to do (was to sit), instead of re-injuring anything or making it worse. I kind of felt it was a warning.'

Our View: The Bills took the loss today and have the dreaded Patriots up next. Their bye isn't until Week 10, so they will have a similar decision on McCoy next week, and fantasy owners will too if McCoy's practice schedule is similar to this week. He shredded the Patriots a few weeks ago, but it will hard to trust him this week.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy leaves game (Sun Oct 23, 03:37 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) left the team's Week 7 game early because of his hamstring injury and is considered doubtful to return.

Our View: McCoy shouldn't have played today. He was ineffective and now the Bills could lose him for a lot longer. Mike Gillislee will get most of the work for any game that McCoy misses, but the running game as a whole will take a hit, beginning against the Patriots next week.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy active for Week 7 (Sun Oct 23, 11:55 AM) - Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is active for Week 7's game against the Miami Dolphins.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy warming up (Sun Oct 23, 11:12 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is taking part in warmups before the team's Week 7 game and is looking good, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

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