Most fantasy football leagues will be playing their final game in Week 16. If your team drafted Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, you haven’t had him available in recent weeks while he was dealing with concussion symptoms. McCoy will return to the Eagles lineup this week as Philadelphia gets set to take on the Washington Redskins in a game with serious playoff implications for Washington.
However, just because McCoy will return this week to the lineup, fantasy owners should be tempered in their expectations of his production on the field. Head coach Andy Reid said that McCoy’s role will be limited and the Eagles will be rotating the use of both McCoy and rookie Bryce Brown.
“I’m going to keep a close eye on him. It won’t be a normal workload like you’d see during the season when he’s fresh. He’s coming off an injury. I understand that, so I’ll keep a close eye on him. He’ll work in as a starter and then Bryce has some valuable experience that he’s gained over the last few weeks so we’ll get him there,” Reid told reporters.
Brown has filled in nicely for the Eagles, rushing for 347 yards and four scores in his first two games as McCoy’s replacement. Fumble issues have plagued Brown though in his short career.
One has to wonder why McCoy would risk further injury this season. The Eagles have no playoff hopes and with just two games to go while coming off a serious concussion, why not just hang it up for the remainder of the season?
When asked by reporters why he wouldn’t sit out for the remaining two games, McCoy responded, “That’s crazy. Why wouldn’t I want to play? They pay me to play this game. I love to play this game. So, why wouldn’t I play? I don’t live like that.”
Fantasy Implications- McCoy was averaging nearly 100 yards per game prior to his injury, but he hasn’t played in five weeks. Washington is currently ranked 6th overall against the run. If you have reached your championship game and you have done so with McCoy sitting on your roster, I’d suggest McCoy as a RB2 or flex player this week. If you have both McCoy and Brown on your roster, I’d suggest starting McCoy.