If you drafted Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in the first or second round of your fantasy football league, you were hoping for big things. As it turned out, McCoy was a large disappointment, making matters even worse when he suffered a concussion against the Washington Redskins on November 18. He has not played since.
If you held on to McCoy – or were able to pick him up off of the waiver wire when his original owner dropped him – you may be able to reap the rewards during Week 16, which is championship weekend for many fantasy football leagues. Others play through Week 17, so McCoy could be a valuable asset over the final two games.
Then again, he may be part of a time share where he barely picks up any points for his owner. After all, fantasy football is always a craps shoot, and the Eagles area very large mess. Can you trust anyone on this team to give you solid production at any position?
The last time McCoy did face the Redskins’ defense, when he suffered his concussion, he did not exactly light it up in the first place. In that game, McCoy carried the ball 15 times for 45 yards. He did not score, and his three-yards-per-carry average did not likely help fantasy owners that week.
This time around, head coach Andy Reid has announced that McCoy will start for the Eagles on Sunday, but added ”It won’t be a normal workload like you’d see.” He also said that ”I’ll keep a close eye on McCoy.” McCoy is expected to rotate with fellow backfield mate Bryce Brown, who has come back down to earth after setting the fantasy world ablaze during his first two games filling in for the concussed McCoy.
So, what will that mean for McCoy? he will start, but will be monitored and see a decreased workload. But does that mean 15 carries and a few receptions? Does it mean that McCoy and Brown will simply alternate every other series, meaning both could be decent plays? Will McCoy receive just a total of 8-12 touches while being spelled often?
Unfortunately, you are going to have to make your best educated guess, as Reid is not going to help any of us out this weekend. If you feel confident that McCoy must be healthy enough to start, so the Eagles will give him enough touches to make him a worthy and viable starter, then trust your gut.
If you do not believe that McCoy will do much against a Redskins team who has been a vastly improved squad over the past few weeks, and you have a better option, then keep your first or second round pick on the bench. I wish I could help you more, but remember the No. 1 rule in fantasy football.
Do your homework and check into what others are saying, but, ultimately, trust your gut and make your own decision.
And then hope like hell you made the right one.