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McCoy could be a fantasy bargain

LeSean McCoy could be a steal if he falls in fantasy football drafts

July 31, 2019 - 3:42 am
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Louie DiBiase
Twitter: @DiBiaseLOE

 

The 2018 season was not kind to LeSean McCoy on the football field.

His 10th season in the NFL resulted in career-lows for rushing yards, yards per-attempt, yards per-game, and receiving yards.

The Buffalo Bills adding three new running backs this offseason in Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, and Devin Singletary, along with the poor season, have many wondering if McCoy has anything left in the tank. 

A consistent top running back in the league has suddenly been placed on career life support, and it has certainly effected his fantasy football value. While the instinct for fantasy owners may be to follow the consensus and avoid the red flags with McCoy, those factors significantly lowering his stock could present a bargain addition to your fantasy football team in 2019. 

It all depends on what the owner believes caused McCoy's ineffective 2018 season. Some saw the lack of production as a sign the 31-year-old didn't have the same playmaking ability. The same ability that made him the all-time leading rusher in Philadelphia Eagles history, and the Bills' best weapon on offense the past four seasons. 

The fantasy football community appears to be part of this group as McCoy is averaging out as the 37th running back taken in drafts. In standard, re-draft leagues, McCoy's average draft position is the eighth round. 

This fall, his value could present a great value-selection if you are on the side of the abysmal 2018 performance being a direct result of poor offensive line play. 

It looks like the majority of Bills fans agree with this sentiment. 

Buffalo's front office felt the same way about the trenches. They spent significant resources on the offensive line this offseason adding veterans Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe, and LaAdrian Waddle in free agency. The Bills also selected Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Despite the additions of Gore, Yeldon, and Singletary, Bills general manager Brandon Beane is on the side of McCoy having enough in the tank. Even if it's just enough for the 2019 season. 

“I think LeSean still can play. If not, we would have made the decision to move on. I think he’s embraced the competition this spring,” Beane said. "He’s very confident, when you talk to him, that he still sees himself up here. And I don’t think you’re changing that. And I wouldn’t want him to think any different. But we’re focused on this year. That’s what we have him under contract for, and I definitely think he’s got enough left in the tank to help us in 2019.”

McCoy likely isn't the 1,300-plus yards a season kind of running back he has been in the past, but he is only one season removed from having over 1,500 yards from scrimmage in 2017. 

Fantasy owners shouldn't select him as an RB1 anymore, but picking up the veteran in the middle of the draft could end up being a steal. 

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