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Monday, September 29, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL CRISIS POINT: LeSEAN McCOY RB PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The sky is falling for all fantasy football owners of Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy who wound up being the number 1 pick in a good number of leagues this season and justifiably so.  After all McCoy was fresh off a fantasy football MVP-type season in new head coach Chip Kelly's offense and more of the same was expected for 2014.  After a decent but not great start the first two weeks of the season, McCoy proceeded to hit rock bottom the last two games.  How about these rushing totals in each?

Week 3:  19 carries for 22 yards VS. Washington
Week 4:  10 carries for 17 yards VS. San Francisco

Wow.  Clearly McCoy has ruined his fantasy football owners' chances the last two weeks and panic is firmly setting in.  The word bust is also starting to be thrown around as well.  No doubt about it McCoy has been pretty miserable but this is a situation that is very complicated and not so much the player's fault.  The first thing that has to be understood before any rash decisions are made about McCoy is the fact that THREE of the Eagles' starting offensive lineman were out against San Fran.  Going against that type of defense, there was no way McCoy was going to be able to have even a decent game.  And even if the line was stout, both the Redskins and 49ers are near the top of the league in run defense.  So really McCoy was done before he even started in Week 4. 

However there is hope on the way in the form of Lane Johnson's return to the line next week which can do nothing but help.  In addition Kelly will no doubt find a way to get McCoy into space and find his missing yardage.  The worst thing you can do as a McCoy owner is to sell low as you will be doing a major disservice to your team.  It would be crazy to give up on McCoy only a month into the season and especially off his two rough games.  McCoy is still as talented a player as there is in the game and he will turn it around soon enough.  The flip side of course is that I suggest you try and buy low and attempt to steal McCoy away from a panicky owner.  The numbers will be there eventually, even if they don't approach last season.  Stay patient.

 

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