RB LeSean McCoy - Kansas City Chiefs

5-11, 198Born: 7-12-1988College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 2, pick 2009

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): McCoy was clearly the team's best runner heading into Week 6 and they used him as such despite the presence of Damien Williams. The overall struggles of the offense and line make him a dicey play against Denver on Thursday, but holding onto McCoy until the offense gets back on track is a good plan.

Week 7: at Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Tough matchup. What has happened to the Chiefs rushing offense? The past two weeks have been far from kind to this unit as their trio of running backs has amassed just 73 rushing yards from only 18 attempts. It is clear that this coaching staff will be quick to put the game in the hands of Patrick Mahomes and abandon the run when the going gets tough. The Chiefs have been a pass-first team all season though--it has just been magnified in these last two weeks with the losses. On the season, they rank 24th in rushing yards per game (82.7) and 28th in rushing attempts per game (20.5). Injuries have not helped as both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams have been banged up at times. Both were playing last week though, and neither looked to be effective at all. McCoy has actually seen the majority of rushing attempts in two of his last three games, including last week as he rushed eight times to just one rush from Damien Williams. McCoy has looked like the better back and is averaging over five yards per carry compared less than two yards per carry from Damien Williams. Williams did lead the backfield in snaps, but he can't be expected to shoulder the load for this backfield with how well McCoy is playing right now. Either way, however, this is a low-volume backfield running behind an offensive line that may again be without starting left guard Andrew Wylie. Denver's run defense has had two outstanding showings in back-to-back weeks, holding Derrick Henry to just 28 yards on 15 carries last week and holding the duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to just 38 yards on 15 carries the week prior. Recent changes on the defensive line continued to pay dividends last week as Mike Purcell is excelling at nose tackle while Shelby Harris fits well on the end. A.J. Johnson is also proving to be a spectacular addition to this linebacker group as he has looked sharp in his first two career starts and has solidified his starting role for the remainder of this season. Their slow start to the season can't be ignored though, as this group did give up that huge game to Leonard Fournette in Week 4 after allowing five rushing touchdowns in the three games prior. However, outside of the big game to Fournette, Denver has held every other lead running back they have faced to less than 3.7 yards per carry. This is a run defense on the rise while the Chiefs low-volume rushing offense comes into town on the struggle bus.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs BAL 26 8 54 1 3 3.0 26 1 0 20
4 at DET 32 11 56 1 4 2.0 33 0 0 14.9
5 vs IND 14 0 0 0 2 2.0 23 0 1 1.3
6 vs HOU 29 8 44 0 2 2.0 0 0 0 4.4
7 at DEN 26 12 64 0 2 2.0 12 0 0 7.6
7 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 11 * * 2.1 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 2.0 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

LeSean McCoy's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Chiefs | LeSean McCoy tops KC in rushing (Fri Oct 18, 12:18 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy carried the ball 12 times for 64 yards during the team's win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Oct. 17. McCoy also caught two passes for 12 yards.

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Chiefs | LeSean McCoy gashing defenses on first down (Tue Oct 15, 02:57 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy leads all rushers - minimum 20 rush attempts - with 6.79 yards per carry on first down. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ranks second at 6.32, while Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (5.87), Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (5.83) and San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (5.71) round out the top five.

Our View: McCoy can still play at a high level...provided he hangs onto the rock and does a good job in pass protection. The Chiefs travel to Denver to play the Broncos on Thursday night. McCoy has flex appeal in that matchup.
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Chiefs | LeSean McCoy totals 10 touches (Sun Oct 13, 07:35 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy rushed eight times for 44 yards with two grabs for no gain in Week 6 against the Houston Texans.

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Chiefs | LeSean McCoy not on injury report (Fri Oct 11, 08:31 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Chiefs | Week 6 injury report for Kansas City (Fri Oct 11, 05:31 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (groin), DT Chris Jones (groin) and LB Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 6 versus the Houston Texans. WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) also did not practice all week, while OG Andrew Wylie (ankle) did not practice Friday, Oct. 11; both players are listed as doubtful. WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder) was downgraded to a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable. LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) remained a limited participant in practice Friday but was taken off the injury report. OT Cameron Erving (knee), DE Alex Okafor (hip), FB Anthony Sherman (shoulder), QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle) and RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) were full participants in practice Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

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