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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

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

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LeSean McCoy may not feel as though he was wanted in Philadelphia with the Eagles, but there are still questions about why he struggled so much last season. Even after their offensive line was healthy, McCoy still had issues, running the ball outside too often and dancing behind the line way too frequently. Despite that, McCoy still managed to top 1,300 yards, though his per-carry-average fell almost a full yard, from 5.1 to 4.2. His touchdown totals also took a severe hit, and he caught far fewer balls in 2014 than he did in almost any year previously. Can McCoy turn things around and get back to the back we saw previously? On the plus side, he's behind a decent line (if not quite as good as the one the Eagles have), has a coach who wants the run the ball as much as possible and just enough talent at the receiver position perhaps keep the defense from just stacking the box against the run. He will also see plenty of use in the pass game as whatever quarterback ends up under center is likely to use him on a lot of screens. In terms of negative, neither Matt Cassel nor EJ Manuel are huge threats at quarterback, so the passing offense will only hold the defense off so long. McCoy also will split at least some portion of carries with Fred Jackson or rookie Karlos Williams, though how much is unclear. In the end, McCoy doesn't seem like quite the elite back he used to be, and his situation is shaky. He should still be a solid player and a fringe first rounder in most ten-team leagues, with a bump in any league which awards points for receptions. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 10, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16
Overall Redraft - 20, 13, 13, 13, 16, 16, 18, 19, 19, 21, 21, 22, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 27, 31, 32, 32, 34
RB Redraft PPR - 10, 6, 6, 7, 7, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16
Overall Redraft PPR - 20, 13, 13, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 19, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 30, 30, 30, 32, 32, 32
RB Dynasty - 9, 5, 5, 8, 10, 10, 22
Overall Dynasty - 30, 21, 22, 31, 64

Stats and Projections

2012 PHI 12 200 840 2 67 54 373 3
2013 PHI 16 314 1607 9 64 52 539 2 1
2014 PHI 16 315 1319 5 38 29 155 0 3
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 240 * * 42 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 265 * * 30 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 270 * * 40 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 15 250 * * 63 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 19
RB: 10
Overall-PPR: 20
RB-PPR: 10

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Footballguys Articles

Fantasy Impact: LeSean McCoy Traded to the Bills
  Alessandro Miglio - March 3
2015 Most Significant RB Movement
  FBG Staff - May 10
10 Things We Learned in 2014
  Sigmund Bloom - May 22
Free Agency Winners and Losers - RB
  Sigmund Bloom - March 30
Dynasty State of the Union: AFC East
  Jeff Tefertiller - May 18
Tremblay's Notebook
  Maurile Tremblay - May 11
Gut Check No.340: Players I'm Wary Of
  Matt Waldman - August 5
What if LeSean McCoy is Lost for the Season?
  Cian Fahey - August 5
Offensive Skill Position Injury Report
  Mark Wimer - September 2
Hidden Value or Damaged Goods
  Jene Bramel - August 30

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  Patrick Daugherty - May 21
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  Joseph Hutchins - August 20

Latest News

Bills | LeSean McCoy could limited in Week 1 (Wed Sep 2, 01:35 PM) - Updating an earlier report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) may not be in great 'football shape' once Week 1 rolls around, according to a source. He's not at full speed in practice but is doing rehab work including light footwork, agility and cardio conditioning. A source told ESPN's Josina Anderson McCoy's MRI showed, what was described internally as, a 'small tear,' adding: 'They say it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better for us. It tore in a spot that is kind of high up, surrounded by stronger muscles in the glutes and things like that.'

Our View: The Bills could ease McCoy into action at the start of the season. Fantasy owners need to watch this situation closely before plugging McCoy into their Week 1 lineup.
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Bills | Concern LeSean McCoy won't be ready? (Wed Sep 2, 12:32 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) seems to be in some danger of missing the season opener Sept. 13. 'Well we certainly expect him to be ready to go, I hope,' coach Rex Ryan said Monday, Aug. 31. 'If not then the next man has to step up. Boobie (Anthony Dixon) got a lot of reps out there today. Bryce Brown got a lot of reps today. So we will see. I am not going to put that all on one man. If he is not ready to go, he won't be in there.'

Our View: The Bills earlier expressed confidence that McCoy would be ready to start the regular season. Now, it seems like he's in danger of missing the season debut. Stay tuned as we will know more about his availability next week in practice.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy still working on side (Thu Aug 27, 12:16 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is doing conditioning drills on the side at practice Thursday, Aug. 27.

Our View: They'll be careful with him as they cannot afford to have him injured to start the season, not with the quarterbacks they have to work with. We still think he has something left in the tank and the struggles last year were a bit of an aberration, though we're not sure how much he might struggle with a worse offensive line and offense than what he had with the Eagles. We consider him an RB1, but a shakier, lower-end one.
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Bills | Buffalo optimistic about LeSean McCoy (Fri Aug 21, 01:42 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) injured his hamstring in practice earlier this week, but head coach Rex Ryan is 'cautiously optimistic' that the running back will return in time for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts. The team didn't reveal the results of McCoy's MRI exam, but Ryan said that McCoy's hamstring was intact and hadn't separated from the bone.

Our View: The key to whether to start McCoy in his nice week 1 matchup vs the Colts is whether he practices in the week leading up to the game. Ryan's words aren't nearly as important as McCoy's actions, or lack of actions on the practice field.
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2015 Schedule

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