RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills
|5-11, 198||Born: 7-12-1988||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2009|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Jan 23): believes he and the Bills will bounce back after a personally and collectively trying season. McCoy had his worst season as a professional football player, he was the subject of accusation in an alleged domestic incident, and he was benched in Week 16.
Week 21: bye week
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
2018 Week 17 vs MIA (10 / 26 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy started the final game of the season at home against the Dolphins. McCoy's season has largely been a disappointment, but McCoy showed he still has ability as he enters the offseason. McCoy was elusive getting to the edge on his patented cut backs across the formation but has struggled throughout the season to get consistent positive yardage. He did score a touchdown on an interior run from the 9-yard line. McCoy too frequently does not take what is there in terms of interior holes and tries to make big plays to the perimeter, a style that is a poor fit for Buffalo's offensive line. McCoy is a potential cap cut in the offseason, but still has elusiveness that would attract a team in free agency.
2018 Week 16 vs NE (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy did not start the game because of a disciplinary issue but received the second carry of game and maintained a lead role in the offense. McCoy was largely ineffective at the end of what has been a lost fantasy season. McCoy did not get any red zone opportunities and caught only three short passes. McCoy still has the ability make defenders miss but has struggled to run behind the Buffalo offensive line all season and is not a great fit for Josh Allen's passing style. McCoy will look to rebound in the season finale against Miami next week.
2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy left the game early with a hamstring injury and never returned. In his short time in the game, McCoy dropped a screen pass and had a red zone carry from the 6-yard line that was stopped for no gain. McCoy will look to recover during the week to allow him to play at home next week against the Lions.
2018 Week 13 vs MIA (15 / 52 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy struggled against Miami to create running room and finished with 64 yards on 19 touches. McCoy's big play, an 18-yard rush, was against Miami's defense in prevent at the end of the first half. Outside of that, McCoy struggled to make big plays. McCoy is still shifty but has lost his top gear to make big gains where he avoids first contact. McCoy was the clear lead back in the game and handled the lone running back attempt inside the 5-yard line, an interior run that was stopped for no gain. McCoy will look to bounce back next week against the Jets.
2018 Week 12 vs JAX (17 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy had a quiet fantasy day with only 53 yards of total offense on 18 touches. Buffalo's offense was largely fueled by Josh Allen's arm and legs, while McCoy was never able to get a rhythm against a tough Jacksonville defense. McCoy got two red zone opportunities late in the game and nearly shook free for a touchdown but was dragged down prior to scoring. While Allen got more opportunities in the red zone, it is notable McCoy did not lose the playing time to Chris Ivory.
2018 Week 10 vs NYJ (26 / 113 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy had his best game of the season against the Jets. McCoy benefitted from Buffalo's right side of the offensive line dominating the Jets defensive line. McCoy's first carry of the game was a 26-yard touchdown behind the right side of the line where he was untouched. The touchdown was one of the few chunk plays in the running game McCoy has managed all season. The run was a sign of things to come as McCoy reeled off multiple chunk gains through holes generated on the right side of the offensive line. McCoy benefitted from the best game script of the season where Buffalo was ahead early and was able to get positive yardage on first down to establish the running game. With Chris Ivory missing the game with an injury, McCoy got two goal line opportunities. He got stopped just short of the goal line on the first carry but was able to punch the ball in two plays later. McCoy will look to continue the positive momentum against Jacksonville in two weeks.
2018 Week 9 vs CHI (10 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy had little success against a tough Chicago Bears defense in a lopsided loss where game script got out of control. McCoy has struggled running this season as the offensive line has given up interior pressure frequently, and Sunday was no exception. Notably, Chris Ivory has run better in the offense with a more north-south style than McCoy and was the primary back ahead of McCoy on multiple first half drives. McCoy was used in the short passing game on four targets, and caught all four passes, but was unable to create after the catch. McCoy did get a goal line carry after Chris Ivory left for the game but was stopped for no gain. McCoy will face the New York Jets next week.
2018 Week 8 vs NE (12 / 13 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
McCoy struggled against New England as his constant attempts to bounce plays outside and reverse field to hit home runs resulted in negative plays. Where McCoy did find success was as a receiver and in the wildcat formations. McCoy snared a beautiful wheel route pass with a full extension and showed a nice juke move in garbage time to gain nearly 20 yards on a reception. McCoy also had a 30+ yard gain on an outlet reception called back by penalty. While still the unquestioned lead back, Chris Ivory exhibited a more no-nonsense running style this week and found more success on the interior than McCoy.
2018 Week 7 vs IND (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
LeSean McCoy got knocked out of the game early in the first quarter. He saw the first two carries of the game but took an awkward hit along the sideline on the second one. He left the game with a head injury and is in the concussion protocol.
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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