RB LeSean McCoy - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 198||Born: 7-12-1988||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2009|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): McCoy was a healthy scratch for Week 10. The team says it was for rest, but that is dubious with a Week 12 bye coming. He's droppable, although this backfield remains difficult to project despite the high ceiling with Patrick Mahomes leading the offense.
Week 11: at Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Chiefs ground game had a decent showing against the Titans last week as Damien Williams led the way with a season-high 19 carries for 77 rushing yards. This was notable for Williams to see such a heavy workload as he was used as a true bell-dow last week given the surprising healthy scratch of LeSean McCoy and allotment of just two carries for Darrell Williams. Damien Williams did commit an ugly turnover last week, however, as he fumbled a ball that the Titans returned for a touchdown. Williams hadn't had ball security issues of note as he had yet to fumble at all coming into last week, so it remains to be seen if that could impact his usage in the eyes of this coaching staff given how they reacted to McCoy's fumble from Week 8 (he has seen 3 carries in two games since then). Regardless, Williams did look decent last week and was spectacular in Week 9 against the Vikings. What remains troubling about this rushing offense is the health of their offensive line. Tackle Eric Fisher and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are both battling injuries that have kept them sidelined, while two more offensive linemen were banged up in last week's game. Guard Martinas Rankin ended up suffering a season-ending knee injury while tackle Mitchell Schwartz returned to the game and is absent from the injury report. With this many injuries in the mix, the Chiefs offensive line would need a spectacular game to qualify for an average ranking. The Chargers run defense held Josh Jacobs relatively in check last week as he rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown from 16 carries. It was nothing like the spectacular showing of Week 9 against the Packers though, and this run defense was terrible for many of the preceding weeks. They have given up a rushing touchdown in six of their last eight games and are allowing opposing running backs to score the eighth-most fantasy points per game against them this season. Their defensive line did get healthier last week with the return of interior lineman Brandon Mebane, and while Justin Jones remained out, he could very well suit up this week. Having both Jones and Mebane in the lineup will certainly help this run defense, but they still have glaring issues in the second level--particularly at linebacker as they lack a consistent playmaker against the run. Denzel Perryman has played poorly whether healthy or not, and while Thomas Davis does lead the team in tackles (78), he is showing his age and been just average against the run. If Justin James does indeed suit up, this Chargers defensive line should have the edge over a banged-up Chiefs offensive line--however, big plays could still be had against this Los Angeles defense as we have seen on multiple occasions in 2019.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
LeSean McCoy's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs MIN (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed three times for nine yards and caught one pass on one target for zero yards. After fumbling at crucial points in the game in weeks past, McCoy is looking like he might be phased out of his time share with Williams. It is not that Williams is the more effective runner, because he is not, McCoy has been very efficient this season and looks spry for a player with so many miles on him. McCoy has always carried the ball like someone running to give a cell-phone call to another person, with one hand and no semblance of protection. This was less of a problem when McCoy was the featured back on the Eagles and Bills, and was churning out big plays and 1,000 yard seasons. Now, he is the second man in a platoon of running backs, and any fumble is going to be criticized and looked at closely. His fumble last week was avoidable, and it came at a crucial point in the game, so it is not surprising that Andy Reid has turned to Williams to head his rushing attack. I don't see McCoy being completely phased out going forward, but the chances of him becoming the lead back have come and gone, barring injury.
2019 Week 8 vs GB (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed nine times for 40 yards and caught four passes for 23 yards on four targets in the Chiefs loss to the Packers. McCoy led the Chiefs backfield in total touches and look to be the preferred option, gaining solid yards for an offense that was keeping pace with the Packers explosive offensive unit. However, McCoy later fumbled on a key possession late in the third quarter, which ended up giving the Packers the lead. It was the second time McCoy has fumbled in a critical situation in the Chiefs losses, and despite his consistency on early down running plays, Andy Reid will not continue to put up with McCoy's lack of ball security. It was obvious from then on that Reid looked to Damien Williams to lead the Chiefs in the fourth quarter. McCoy is still running like the best option for the Chiefs, but there's a limit to his upside because he isn't seeing enough touches to really pop and Williams is seeing the red zone carries.
2019 Week 7 vs DEN (12 / 64 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed 12 times for 64 yards and caught two passes on two targets for an additional 12 yards in the Chiefs win over the Broncos. McCoy was by far the more effective running back over Williams, and it has been that way all season. McCoy has doubled Williams carries over the last two weeks and with Mahomes going down, it looks as though he the offense will rely more on his ability to run between the tackles. McCoy looked very good in this game, getting to the line of scrimmage quickly and decisively following his blockers. When he reached the second level of the Broncos defense, he was able to his cutback ability to gain extra yards. It will be interesting to see if McCoy is given the entire workload as opposed to sharing carries with two Williams.
2019 Week 6 vs HOU (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed eight times for 44 yards and caught two passes for zero yards on two targets in the Chiefs loss to the Lions. McCoy was the only Chiefs running back to receive more than one carry, as the Texans did a good job of preventing the Chiefs from being in advantageous situations where they could run the ball effectively. McCoy's total yards per attempt was very good at 5.5, but his total was boosted by 15 and 17 yard runs. Four of his carries went for two yards or less, so it wasn't like he was having a lot of success running against the Houston defensive line. McCoy has been productive as a complement to Williams, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and giving the Chiefs offense a spark running the football. The way this backfield is shaping up, McCoy is going to be leaned on as the primary ball carrier on first and second downs, while Williams will see a lot of work on third downs and perhaps in the red zone. Darrel Williams will pick up the remaining scraps, but this backfield has full-blown timeshare written all over it for now.
2019 Week 5 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy did not record a rushing attempt in the Chiefs loss to the Colts, but he did catch two passes on two targets for 23 yards. It is hard to tell whether McCoy was just a victim of bad game-flow, as the Chiefs were not only playing from behind most of the game, but they were also getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage when they attempted to run. The Colts did a good job of keeping the ball out of Mahomes hands, limiting the Chiefs to 53 offensive plays, their lowest of the season. It was not a great situation for McCoy, as Williams is the Chiefs preferred passing down back, despite McCoy playing very well in the passing game this season. Next week should be a good indicator of how the Chiefs backfield will play out, as this was just one game with a wonky game script for the Chiefs offense.
2019 Week 4 vs DET (11 / 56 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed 11 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 33 yards on four targets. McCoy continued to look very good in this contest, with 51 of his 56 yards coming in the first half before Williams came in and got most of the second half work. McCoy had a long run of 39 yards, which looked like vintage LeSean McCoy, juking and cutting in his distinctive style of running. McCoy also was involved in perhaps the most impressive play of the day where Kelce caught a ball in the middle of the field and as he was being brought to the ground he lateralled the ball to McCoy for a 23 yard gain. The play was not drawn up that way, but was the product of two veterans who know the play is not dead until the whistle blows. McCoy's touchdown run came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal from the Detroit one yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and handed to McCoy who started right and then jump cut to his left before running through the line for a touchdown. McCoy is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the year and looks to have carved out a significant role for himself in the Chiefs offense.
2019 Week 3 vs BAL (8 / 54 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed eight times for 54 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. With the Chiefs managing his touches McCoy has looked quite spry this season, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 29 rushes. McCoy came into this game with an ankle injury but played through the first three quarters before reinjuring his ankle late in the period. McCoy was able to make his presence felt in both the running and the passing game before his exit though. McCoy scored the Chiefs first touchdown on an easy punch-in from the one yard line. He also scored the Chiefs final touchdown to put the game away for Kansas City. With the Chiefs facing a second and goal from the Ravens nine yard line, Mahomes took the snap and faked the handoff to McCoy in the backfield before fading onto his backfoot and throwing a screen pass to McCoy as the Ravens defensive line started to get pressure in the backfield. From there, McCoy did the rest, weaving once to the middle of the field and then back towards the sideline before being touched for the first time by a Ravens defender. McCoy was able to fall forward from the two yard line for the 14 yard touchdown.
2019 Week 2 vs OAK (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed 11 times for 23 yards and caught three passes for zero yards in the Chiefs 28-10 win over the Raiders. Unlike in week one, McCoy was unable to find any running room against a Raiders defensive front that was attacking the Chiefs running backs in the backfield. McCoy took over the lead back duties after Williams injured his knee, but McCoy did not las long either, exiting the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. McCoy underwent an MRI on Monday which showed no significant damage to his ankle and he has a chance to play on Sunday against the Ravens. If he and Williams are both out with injuries, rookie Darwin Thompson would be in line for first team duties.
2019 Week 1 vs JAX (10 / 81 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed 10 times for 81 yards and caught his only target, for 12 yards in his debut with the Chiefs. McCoy showed that he still has plenty left in the tank, displaying the vision and cutting ability that has made him one of the best running backs of the current generation. McCoy may not have the durability to be a 300+ carry running back, but with the Chiefs he doesn't need to be. The Chiefs will constantly put him in advantageous situations and with opposing secondaries forced to play the pass in almost every situation, McCoy is in a great position to be successful alongside Damien Williams this season. McCoy was able to take advantage of the Jaguars linebackers, as he was basically gifted the second level because Jacksonville could not match the Chiefs speed from sideline to sideline.
Latest NewsChiefs | Kansas City resting LeSean McCoy (Sun Nov 10, 12:04 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy has been declared inactive for the Week 10 game. The team has decided to rest him this week so he can be fresh for the late stages of the season, according to a source. link to story Chiefs | Week 10 Kansas City Chiefs inactives (Sun Nov 10, 11:30 AM) - The Kansas City Chiefs have declared LB Alex Okafor, QB Chad Henne, CB Kendall Fuller, OT Eric Fisher, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RB LeSean McCoy and DT Mike Pennel inactive for Week 10. Our View: McCoy being inactive could mark him falling out of favor. Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson have speculative bench value and Damien Williams has a strong hold on the starting job for now.
link to story Chiefs | Only four touches for LeSean McCoy (Sun Nov 3, 08:20 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy ran three times for nine yards and he had just one catch for no gain in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. link to story
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