RB LeSean McCoy - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 198||Born: 7-12-1988||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2009|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): McCoy enters Week 14 as one of only two healthy Chiefs backs, but Andy Reid isn't showing an inclination to give him feature back touches to manage his workload for the long haul. He's still a flex play against the Patriots.
Week 14: at New England Patriots
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs running back situation continues to be a revolving door as Darrell Williams was injured early in the game last week with a knee and hamstring injury that will likely keep him out this week. Damien Williams looks like he also is unlikely to play with a rib injury leaving just LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson as the two running backs for the Chiefs. This caused the Chiefs to go out and sign Spencer Ware this week. Ware who knows the offense after spending the last four years in Kansas City should be able to immediately come in and contribute after the Chiefs. It will likely be a rotating backfield as LeSean McCoy just does not look like he can handle a workload any longer after having just five carries for 10 yards last week, and Darwin Thompson has just 16 career carries with 11 of them coming out of necessity last week. The Patriots run defense outside of a few performances has held opposing running backs in check as they have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the season. They did a tremendous job shutting down Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson holding the pair of running backs to just 53 yards on 19 carries. This has been a theme for the Patriots as they are near dominant against average to below-average run games as they have only allowed five running backs to rush for over 40 yards. When the Patriots want to sell out to shut down the run particularly in the red zone they are one of the best at it as they have only allowed one rushing touchdown on the season. This is by no means a dominant defense as they have allowed 4.4 yards-per-carry on the season, but where they have been vulnerable have been in games that they have in control such as the Jets, Bills, or Browns this season and teams committing to the run while the Patriots have their dime prevent defense to stop the pass.
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 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 | LeSean McCoy finds the end zone (Mon Dec 2, 12:53 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy ran five times for 10 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 20 yards in Week 13 versus the Oakland Raiders. link to story Chiefs | LeSean McCoy avoided injury in Week 11 (Mon Nov 25, 01:51 PM) - Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy was never placed in the concussion protocol near the end of the team's Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. link to story
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