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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): The Bills defense is reaching elite levels and that will keep McCoy in the game plan for longer - if he isn't traded to the Eagles (which is looking unlikely). He should be a solid flex play, if not an RB2 against the Colts this week.

Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Doing all he can to carry this atrocious Buffalo offense, LeSean McCoy looks too good for his situation. It was great to see him run roughshod over the Texans' stout front last week. He's 30 and not as explosive as he once was, but McCoy continues to run hard and generate extra yardage consistently. He's typically forced to create all of his numbers by himself, working with an inept passing game and running behind one of the league's worst front lines (our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it 26th). He's definitely spry enough to turn a real workload into usable fantasy output, as he's done over the last 2 weeks, averaging 3.95 yards per carry and 79 per game. McCoy remains an easy fantasy RB2 every week, and it's not just for his volume. There's still juice to be had there. The Colts run defense isn't quite as bad as it's historically been. Last year's unit showed real promise, allowing the league's ninth-fewest yards per carry, and they've picked up decently here in 2018. They've at least assembled a nucleus in the middle: tackles Denico Autry and Al Woods are solid space-eaters, and middle linebacker Darius Leonard has been a rookie revelation. Injuries have hit this group almost as hard as the offense, with both Autry and Leonard missing time already. But Leonard has since returned, and altogether this has been an above-average group. Last week they neutralized the red-hot tandem of Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell, allowing just 99 yards over their 29 rushes. New safety signee Mike Mitchell was especially active, and the run specialist has likely worked his way into a starting role.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
4 at GB 35 5 24 0 6 3 13 0 0 3.7
5 vs TEN 47 24 85 0 3 2 23 0 0 10.8
6 at HOU 47 16 73 0 5 3 21 0 0 9.4
7 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 4 * * * *
7 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 4 * * * *
7 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 3 * * * *

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

2018 Week 6 vs HOU (16 / 73 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy continues to look elusive in and out of his cuts, despite playing in a poor offense. There are rarely large areas for McCoy to run but McCoy tends to get better opportunities when he runs from shotgun formations. While McCoy looks elusive, the offensive line and the passing game do little to create room for McCoy to get big gains. McCoy is still capable of creating offense if he should find himself in a better situation.

2018 Week 5 vs TEN (24 / 85 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had his best performance of the season. Buffalo played a close game with a lead through much of the game, which allowed McCoy to see steady volume. McCoy did not break a big gain but was elusive throughout the game and consistently forcing missed tackles. McCoy had his best success on interior runs downhill runs, where Buffalo's offensive line had success creating running room. McCoy was also used in the passing game on quick flat throws on high percentage opportunities for Josh Allen, including a critical conversion on the game winning drive where he forced a missed tackle to convert a first down. Chris Ivory rotated with McCoy and handled the short yardage runs throughout the game.

2018 Week 4 vs GB (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy returned after missing last week with a rib injury. McCoy showed his short area explosiveness, making cut backs on runs and in the screen game. The problem for McCoy is low volume where he had only 8 touches in negative game script. McCoy's elusiveness in the short area is not able to create more because there is rarely opportunities for big plays by the offensive line's blocking.

2018 Week 2 vs LAC (9 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had a better day than week one, but still struggled against the Chargers and was forced to leave the game with a rib injury. He saw a total of 13 touches for 68 yards despite limited usage in the second half. McCoy looked quick and elusive on two perimeter runs but was unable to get high leverage usage. McCoy was used in the quick passing game on some flat routes on early downs where he was able to get positive momentum for the offense. The Buffalo offense only saw one goal line carry and it was Chris Ivory not McCoy who was called upon.

2018 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

McCoy got very little opportunity to run with no extended drives in the first half for Buffalo. The lack of success created second and long opportunities that limited McCoy's opportunity. He did manage a vintage McCoy run, cutting back across the formation for an 11-yard gain, showing his speed and elusiveness. There should be better days ahead for McCoy.

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Latest News

Bills | LeSean McCoy totals 94 scrimmage yards (Sun Oct 14, 09:11 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed 16 times for 73 yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans and he added three receptions for 21 yards on five targets.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy not expected to return to PHI (Sun Oct 14, 11:20 AM) - Updating a previous report, the Buffalo Bills appear unlikely to trade RB LeSean McCoy to the Philadelphia Eagles. There was no discussion of compensation during talks between the two sides last week and the Bills appear interested in holding on to McCoy through at least the 2019 season, according to a source.

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Eagles | Philly interested in LeSean McCoy (Tue Oct 9, 12:20 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy interests the Philadelphia Eagles, who have reached out to Buffalo to feel out a possible trade, a source said Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Our View: McCoy is under contract through the 2019 season and going back to Philly would be a boost for his fantasy value. The Eagles lost Jay Ajayi for the year with a knee injury and McCoy would provide an upgrade over guys like Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy totals 108 scrimmage yards (Sun Oct 7, 04:27 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed 24 times for 85 yards in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans and he added two receptions for a team-high 23 yards on three targets.

Our View: Sadly this is a ceiling game for McCoy. He ran well despite his so-so yards per carry and the passing game isn't generating much offense for him. He's just a flex play at Houston next week.
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Schedule

7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs New England Patriots
9vs Chicago Bears
10@ New York Jets
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Jets
15vs Detroit Lions
16@ New England Patriots
17vs Miami Dolphins