RB LeSean McCoy - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 198||Born: 7-12-1988||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2009|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Jan 17): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Jan 16): did not practice on Thursday (due to illness).
General News (Wed Jan 15): did not practice on Tuesday (due to illness).
Week 20: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs backfield was handily led by Damien Williams in their win over the Texans last week. Williams played all but two snaps and accounted for 47 yards and two rushing touchdowns as no other running back got a single touch. The regular season for this backfield was far less clear-cut than last week as Kansas City leaned on a plethora of faces amidst constant injuries. LeSean McCoy had been a consistent contributor, but always at relatively low volume with more than 10 carries in just four games and no touches in the last two games to close out the season. Rookie Darwin Thompson only saw any real usage when Damien Wiliams was off the field. Late-season addition Spencer Ware seems to truly have been more of an insurance-policy given the injury-prone nature of Williams. If things play out as they did last week, and as they did during last year's post-season, this will be the Damien Williams show. With that said, no Chiefs running back has had a particularly high level of success as this team finished the regular season averaging 98.1 rushing yards per game (24th) and 4.2 yards per carry (20th). Their offensive line has been an above-average unit led by strong tackles, but starting left guard Andrew Wylie hasn't played since Week 15 and remains questionable for this game. With that said, however, quarterback Patrick Mahomes elevates anyone in this offense, as we saw with Williams last week as he scored three times despite seeing just 12 carries with 47 rushing yards. The Titans run defense gave up over 180 yards on the ground to the Ravens last week, but 143 of those went to Lamar Jackson with a chunk of yards coming in garbage time. Specific to the Ravens running backs, this Titans front seven did a great job shutting down lead back Mark Ingram, who rushed six times for just 22 yards. This Tennessee run defense was strong during the regular season, giving up an average of just 3.9 yards per carry (eighth-fewest) to opposing running backs. Their strength lies at the interior of this defensive line as Jurrell Casey, Jeffrey Simmons, and DaQuon Jones compose a stout front that will have a distinct advantage over the weaker interior offensive line of the Chiefs. They have a question mark at linebacker though, as the Titans' top run-defending linebacker Jayon Brown remains questionable with a shoulder injury that sidelined him from last week's Divisional Round. Brown has been excellent against the run and would certainly be an uplifting force if he were to return, however, the combination of David Long and Wesley Woodyard was a serviceable one last week that could likely hold their own in the middle of the field. Safety Kevin Byard has also been an impressive run-stopper, playing as one of the best at his position. All in all, the Titans should have the advantage in the trenches and a decent shot at stopping the Chiefs ground game after initial contact, especially if linebacker Brown is back on the field.
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 15 vs DEN (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed six times for 16 yards in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. McCoy took a backseat to Thompson and Ware in this game, finishing third in carries and not seeing any targets in the passing game. With Williams still injured, Reid is playing it safe with McCoy and making sure that he is healthy come playoff time. It will be hard to trust McCoy over the final two weeks, as Thompson will most likely see a majority of the rushing attempts while Ware is taking over on passing downs.
2019 Week 14 vs NE (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed 11 times for 39 yards and caught one pass for four yards in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. With both Darryl and Damien Williams missing this game due to injury, McCoy was given every opportunity to have the majority of the Chiefs rushes to himself, but he was unable to get much going against a Patriots defensive front that has been very good all season. With McCoy unable to gain yards on the ground, Andy Reid turned to Spencer Ware and rookie Darwin Thompson, giving them nine carries to McCoy's 11. Unfortunately, those two fared even worse than McCoy, averaging only two yards a carry. With Damien Williams expected back next week, McCoy effectively has missed his best chance at having a big game this season and we should see Reid turn back to a committee approach against the Broncos on Sunday.
2019 Week 13 vs OAK (5 / 10 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
McCoy had surprising burst for his age and got good gains on most of his touches. The offense moved the chains consistently when he was on the field. His touchdown was basically unopposed. It appears his touches will stay at the same level if Darwin Thompson replaces Darrel Williams in Week 14 as expected.
2019 Week 11 vs LAC (7 / 29 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy rushed seven times for 29 yards and one touchdown, while also catching four passes for 28 yards on six targets. A week after being a healthy scratch, McCoy was playing well while sharing time with Damien Williams. In the first half, McCoy scored the lone Chiefs touchdown, and looked very good with respect to his speed and quickness. Unfortunately for McCoy, he had to leave the game in the second half with a suspected concussion, which led the way for Darrel Williams to come in and have the Chiefs backfield all to himself. McCoy's touchdown run came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Chargers six yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and handed off the ball to McCoy on an off-tackle right play. McCoy took his time and waited for his blockers, allowing them enough time to open a hole which he easily broke through for a six yard touchdown. While McCoy looked very fresh in this game, he did have another fumble, which came on the play where he was concussed. Luckily for McCoy, the fumble in the red zone was recovered by the Chiefs. Still, it is unnerving that McCoy fumbled again, especially at a time when he was going to see the majority of the touches with Williams injured. McCoy will have two weeks to clear the concussion protocol before the Chiefs next game in week 13.
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 | AFC Championship injury report for Chiefs (Fri Jan 17, 03:51 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness), QB Matt Moore (illness) and DT Chris D. Jones (calf) were limited during practice Friday, Jan. 17, and are listed as questionable for the AFC Championship game. DT Khalen Saunders (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Kendall Fuller (knee), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck), C Austin Reiter (wrist) and OG Andrew Wylie (ankle) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Chiefs | LeSean McCoy still sidelined (Thu Jan 16, 05:31 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness) remained out of practice Thursday, Jan. 16. Our View: We'll see if McCoy can get in some work on Friday. The Chiefs are at home to take on the Titans in the AFC Championship on Sunday.
link to story Chiefs | Wednesday practice report for Chiefs (Wed Jan 15, 05:21 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness), QB Matt Moore (illness) and DT Chris D. Jones (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 15. DT Khalen Saunders (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Kendall Fuller (knee), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck), C Austin Reiter (wrist) and OG Andrew Wylie (ankle) fully participated in practice. link to story
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