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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): McCoy was just fine after thumb surgery, breaking off a long touchdown run and even catching a few passes. Consider him a strong RB1 again heading into a matchup at Oakland.

Week 13: at Oakland Raiders

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. LeSean McCoy (19/103/2 rushing with two targets for 2/31/0 receiving) and Tyrod Taylor (7/38/1) poured it on the Jaguars' defensive front last weekend, with a little help from Jonathan Williams (3/12/0 rushing with one target for zero receptions). Over his last three games played, McCoy has gone over 100 yards combined in two of the contests, and he has scored at least one TD in two of the last three as well. He looks solid heading into the final 1/4 of the season. The Raiders' rush defense allowed 25/129/3 to the Panthers in last week's narrow 35-32 win - they allowed 33/124/1 to Houston on Monday Night Football two games ago. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Oakland averages 19.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (eighth-most in the NFL). To date, Oakland averages 116.9 yards rushing per game (26th in the NFL) with 12 rushing scores handed over during 11 games played. This is a good matchup for McCoy and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at SEA 64 21 85 0 5 4 35 0 0 12
11 at CIN 20 5 33 1 3 2 12 0 0 9.5
12 vs JAX 40 19 103 2 2 2 31 0 0 25.4
13 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 4 * * * *
13 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 3 * * * *
13 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 19 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs JAX (19 / 103 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

The Bills' offense continues to be the LeSean McCoy show. For the most part, his offensive line did not do McCoy many favors. The start of the game especially is a litany of plays ending with McCoy getting tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. McCoy even seemed to fumble at one point. His first good gain of the day got called back for holding. But the next chance McCoy got he turned into a TD; the Bills called up the read-option play that works so well with the talents of Tyrod Taylor and McCoy. As the defender focused on Taylor, the ball was tossed to McCoy and he ran into the endzone untouched to effectively end the first half. On the opposite side of halftime, McCoy took the first play to the house. There was a small hole in the line that was about to be closed; McCoy performed a little hop through and was gone. It didn't require much effort compared to some of his other highlight-reel runs but the vision to find the hole, the legs to get through it upright, and the killer speed to finish the play are all part of the McCoy package. The remainder of the game involved much of the o-line seepage that happened in the beginning; McCoy started to dance around behind the line to avoid defenders without much success. However, he did manage to catch a Taylor escape throw and break a tackle for a big gain, score a 2-pt conversion, and get 9 yards off of a pitch play to end the game. McCoy continues to be the real deal.

2016 Week 11 vs CIN (5 / 33 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy suffered a thumb injury late in the second quarter that ended his afternoon. Before the thumb injury, McCoy was dynamic. Showcasing his elite lateral agility and burst, McCoy made some absurd cuts that left defenders flat on their feet. McCoy did reward his fans with an easy 7-yard touchdown run off left tackle in the first quarter. Thanks to some devastating blocks Cody Glenn and Richie Incognito, McCoy made one cut to avoid a linebacker and waltzed untouched into the end zone. In the second quarter, McCoy followed a pulling Incognito on a ŽBlast' play call for a 21-yard gain. Both Incognito and McCoy showed elite explosiveness on the play to get around the edge. After suffering a thumb injury, McCoy was shown sprinting into the locker room with trainers at his side.

2016 Week 9 vs SEA (21 / 85 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had another great game. While McCoy did not break out any carries for massive yards, he was effective taking everything the defense offered and then a little extra. The man shakes tackles like no other with many yards after contact/near-contact. He wasn't utilized that much as a rusher in short-yardage situations; Mike Gillislee or Tyrod Taylor were taking those carries. McCoy is back to being healthy and a serious weapon for this Bills offense.

2016 Week 7 vs MIA (8 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was clearly not himself this game, even before he was ruled out. Most of his runs were short pushes up the middle for a few yards. He did try to reverse the field once or twice and got a few extra yards but nothing significant. An injured McCoy is not a useful McCoy. The Bills need McCoy to get healthy quick; otherwise this offense will go nowhere.

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 has big game (Sun Nov 27, 09:00 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) posted 19 runs for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also added two receptions for 31 yards on his two targets.

Our View: McCoy was sharp in his jump cuts to create big plays and power the Bills offense for a good part of the game. He should be a strong RB1 against Oakland next week.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy to wear splint (Sun Nov 27, 11:06 AM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) will wear a splint on his injured thumb during the team's Week 12 game, according to a source.

Our View: It could affect his pass-catching ability, but in a very winnable game for the Bills, McCoy should still get a high enough volume of carries to make him an RB1 this week.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy to play Sunday (Sun Nov 27, 10:46 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) will play in Week 12's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is expected to see a heavier workload than normal because RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) will not be active.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy officially questionable (Fri Nov 25, 05:51 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 25, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy set for heavy workload (Fri Nov 25, 02:22 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) will be 'ready to get the majority of the reps' in Week 12, according to head coach Rex Ryan, who added, 'I think (McCoy's) thumb is fine.'

Our View: McCoy is a solid RB1 on volume and matchup alone. The Bills should stick with the run in a game against the Jaguars that is very winnable.
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