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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 Sep 18): You saw the downside of McCoy this year. When the Bills face a good defense, the offense will struggle to get anything going and McCoy will stay stuck in neutral. At least his receptions will keep him afloat in fantasy leagues. Look for a similar performance against Denver in Week 3.

General News (Fri Sep 22): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Wed Sep 20): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 3: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Bad matchup. LeSean McCoy had a rough game last week, rushing 12 times for only nine yards. The Panthers stacked the box and prevented McCoy from finding any running room at all--a concern that has been well-noted this season due to the Bills lack of weapons in the passing game. McCoy was already dealing with a sore groin from Week 1, but he also appeared to re-aggravate an old wrist injury last week. The Bills offensive line lost their left tackle Cordy Glenn to an ankle injury last week as well--a loss that certainly did not help McCoy as Glenn's loss was quite visible with the left side of that line struggling for the remainder of the game. Tyrod Taylor was a bright spot for the Bills rushing offense as he racked up 55 rushing yards. The matchup for a banged-up Bills rushing offense is quite bad this week against the Broncos. Denver absolutely shut down Ezekiel Elliott last week against the league's best offensive line. Denver's line played extremely well for this entire game, particularly their defensive ends as Von Miller was well into the backfield on nearly every snap while Shaquil Barrett racked up an impressive five run stops. With the Bills weak passing offense, expect the Broncos to rely on man coverage and stack the box again this week against the run-heavy Bills offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NYJ 54 22 110 0 6 5 49 0 0 15.9
2 at CAR 40 12 9 0 7 6 34 0 0 4.3
3 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs CAR (12 / 9 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had little room to run on the day finishing with nine yards on 12 carries. McCoy faced eight-man boxes with regularity, particularly when the Bills lined up in 12 personnel. The left side of the offensive line struggled, with LT Cordy Glenn leaving the game with an ankle injury and being replaced by rookie Dion Dawkins. McCoy was an asset in the passing game and on two occasions had nice runs after the catch while forcing Carolina LB Luke Kuechly to miss tackles. He led the team with seven targets, and caught six receptions for 34 yards. Like last week, McCoy appeared to be in pain in his hand at the end of the third quarter, but returned for the next play at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (22 / 110 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was the focal point of the Buffalo Bills offense from the start. He had 27 touches, and produced big plays in both the running and passing game. Those included three carries over 20 yards and receptions of 18 and 21 yards. McCoy got some good blocking against the Jets' defensive line, and capitalized with runs into the second level, showing off his elusiveness. The key question for McCoy from the game is his goal line usage. On two red zone trips, the Bills threw for two one-yard touchdowns, and on a third, the Tyrod Taylor threw an interception on a pass intended for Charles Clay. McCoy appeared heading for a scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter when he carried the ball from the four-yard line down to the one-yard line on first and goal. However, McCoy ran off the field holding his hand and was replaced by Mike Tolbert, who scored a one-yard rushing touchdown on second down. While the box score may show what appears to show Tolbert vulture a touchdown from McCoy, it is notable that McCoy was running inside the five before his injury. McCoy returned to the game on the next series and showed no ill effects from the injury.

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Latest News

Bills | Buffalo's Week 3 injury report (Fri Sep 22, 02:54 PM) - Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 3 versus the Denver Broncos. S Colt Anderson (foot), WR Kaelin Clay (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (wrist), LB Matt Milano (hamstring) and TE Nick O'Leary (hamstring) all logged a full practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest) has yet to practice this week, but he also is no longer on the injury report.

Our View: Glenn being out won't help the case of the Bills passing game against the Broncos pass rush and corners, and in turn will make it easier to shut down LeSean McCoy.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy back on the field (Thu Sep 21, 03:13 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: This is a brutal matchup for the Bills, as Denver will key on McCoy and the run game. That said, he should still put up OK numbers, and produce RB2 value. There is the chance the team tries to change things up and throw more, hoping to catch the Broncos off guard, but really, that isn't a viable option. Expect them to try get McCoy going.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy gets day off to rest (Wed Sep 20, 04:27 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (rest) was given the day off to rest on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Our View: McCoy was bottled up against the Panthers in Week 2...just like the Broncos bottled up Ezekiel Elliott this past weekend. Denver's defense is once again going to try and contain an elite-level rushing attack by taking on McCoy in Week 3. Fantasy owners should start him as an RB1 but lower expectations due to the matchup.
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Bills | Buffalo practice report for Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 04:17 PM) - Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. S Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring) and LB Matt Milano (hamstring) were each limited participants in practice.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy bottled up in Carolina (Sun Sep 17, 06:45 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy carried 12 times for just nine yards in Week 2 against the Panthers and he added six receptions for 34 yards.

Our View: McCoy will have some days like this when the Bills offense can't string any kind of drives together. Next week against Denver could be a problem for McCoy again, although his involvement in passing game can save his weeks in PPR leagues.
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Schedule

3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8vs Oakland Raiders
9@ New York Jets
10vs New Orleans Saints
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12@ Kansas City Chiefs
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17@ Miami Dolphins