LeSean McCoy Fantasy News
Monday, November 18, 2013, 10:19am
McCoy described it as a "sharp pain" after his leg gave out. He said it might have been a cramp.
"It just grabbed really tight," McCoy said. "I was cutting and running, and it kind of just gave out. But I went back there and did some stretching and different treatment and I was back."
McCoy was able to return, but during the telecast when grabbing his leg you could read his lips as he said "it's my hammy." McCoy also went down against the Chiefs grabbing his ankle in what looked like it might be a major injury. If you own McCoy but not Bryce Brown, now is the time to pick him up...
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Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:52am
The Eagles have 25 offensive TDs this season, and are averaging an astondingly low 1:48 in time of possession on those drives. They are the fastest scoring team in the NFL, by a mile.
Amazingly, the Eagles' longest drive of the season was 3:58. There are 5 teams who average at least 3:58 per scoring drive.
The story points out the Eagles hurry-up offense has a lot to do with faster drives. However, the Eagles have more explosive plays (plays of 20+ yards) than any other team in the NFL, and the next closest team, the Broncos, is 12 plays off the Eagles' pace (The Eagles have not yet had their bye, which also factors in). Unfortunately for the Eagles, they have been inconsistent, going two full games without an offensive score. Any kind of consistency this season and who know what we'd be seeing from guys like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy in terms of fantasy production. But under HC Chip Kelly for just his first year, the consistency could eventually come...
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 12:37pm
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 7:57pm
With the work that RB Bryce Brown has put in, HC Chip Kelly thinks Brown can be a valuable asset for the Eagles. In their 33-27 win over Washington on Monday night, Brown carried the ball nine times for 25 yards.
Although McCoy gets most of the carries in the backfield, Kelly said before practice Thursday he would like to see Brown get more, ultimately reducing the heavy workload on McCoy.
"No, we don't talk about it. Just how the game is going to express itself," Kelly said. "We know we need to get other guys in there, but we've got to see Bryce a little bit more, but we haven't talked about, 'Are there a certain number of carries for him?' "
Brown exploded onto the scene last season but did have some fumbling issues. There's no way the Eagles are going to give the ball to LeSean McCoy 30 times a game, every game, and if the Birds are going to run as many plays as they did last Monday night - or more - then Brown will have to get more involved. Will he be fantasy worthy in your typical league - that remains to be seen. But in deeper leagues he may be a guy to think about playing. There is still a lot to figure out with the Eagles offense and how everyone is going to be used.
LeSean McCoy: 'We can do a better job rotating...'
Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:08am
“I didn’t mind it Monday night,” he said. “I think we can do a better job rotating because it’s a long season. I don’t think I need to have the ball 31, 32 times in a game for us to be a successful offense. We have too many different weapons. I think the running backs we have here can definitely play. Bryce Brown showed you last year he’s definitely a talented back. So I think we have to do a better job of monitoring the reps.”
McCoy said that while there are some packages that don’t include him, the majority of the time the coaches give him the option of whether he stays in the game or not. So some of the snap management falls on his shoulders.
Fantasy owners didn't mind it either, but McCoy is right -- it's a long season and he's going to have a tough time holding up if he's getting 32 touches per game. Bryce Brown is a player to target even for owners who do not have McCoy on their rosters.
Bryce Brown 'obviously' the RB2 in Philly
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 11:04am
Given the tempo of the offense and the amount that Kelly is going to run the ball, expect all three to see action on gamedays. The pecking order is obviously LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk. McCoy is set for a monster season, Brown has shown big-time talent if he can hold on to the ball, and Polk looks much-improved from the player we saw a year ago.
Brown is the player McCoy owners want to acquire in a handcuff situation.
Felix Jones traded to the Steelers
Friday, August 23, 2013, 4:31pm
Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:49pm
On offense, Eagles RB Chris Polk bounced back after a subpar first game. He ran five times for 24 yards, but … he fumbled as the Eagles were driving. Not good. Bryce Brown didn’t play because of a quadriceps injury and I still believe he has the nod as the backup, but Polk could make headway next week. He’s just got to secure the ball.
This is a situation to monitor for LeSean McCoy owners. Brown should have the edge, but Polk has been turning heads at camp.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:13pm
KC Star predicts at least 70 catches for Jamaal Charles
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:06pm
Here’s a prediction. Running back Jamaal Charles will not rush for 1,509 yards this season, as he did in 2012. He may not rush for much more than 1,000 yards.
But he still may gain close to 1,500 yards from scrimmage as a rusher and as a receiver. New Chiefs coach Andy Reid loves throwing to his backs, and Charles, who caught 35 passes for 236 yards last year, will more than double that this season based on what we’ve seen in training camp.
Charles splits out wide in some formations, and has caught the ball on screens as well as flares to the flats and on check-downs when receivers downfield are covered.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for me,” Charles said. “And my future is bright. When my opportunity has come to catch the ball, I have to step up and do it. I love football, and now I love it even more because of the coach we have, with his confidence and his belief of me … I have to prove I’m up to high expectations.”
If history is a guide, LeSean McCoy averaged 17.5 carries and 3.8 catches in his last 27 games. That works out to 280 carries and 61 catches over a full season. We currently have Charles projected for 274 carries and 57 receptions. The Star is projecting at least 70 receptions. He's our #3 RB in PPR formats, but we wouldn't have any problem with an owner drafting him ahead of Arian Foster if they're worried about Foster's health/workload.
Monday, August 5, 2013, 3:48pm
Jamaal Charles has been very active in passing game
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:31pm
After running for more than 1,500 yards last season in his return from a devastating knee injury, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles now is getting a chance to showcase his versatility. He's been catching plenty of balls out of the backfield while also lining up at wide receiver for new coach Andy Reid.
Charles is now running plays that are designed for him to catch passes from new QB Alex Smith, which means a whole lot more studying. He no longer has to learn only the blocking schemes and when to pick up blitzes -- like he would if he lined up exclusively in the backfield -- but he also must read pass coverages and find open spaces down the field.
"Jamaal is a big part of it," Reid said. "He's capable of doing the same things [Brian Westbrook] did (and) [LeSean McCoy] did, as far as the passing game. He's a legitimate threat with his speed, his route-running ability and his hands. He catches the ball very easily."
We currently project Charles to catch 57 passes in 2013, which would be a career high. It sounds as if he'll be a very busy running back.
Refs could slow down Eagles up-tempo offense
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 10:12am
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been plotting a football revolution since he was hired this winter to turn around the team's fortunes.
His plan is to continue the philosophy he perfected as the coach at Oregon: to run every play as quickly as possible with no huddles and no stoppages in play, all aimed at leaving the defense doubled over in exhaustion. This "up-tempo" strategy, already popular at the college level, looks like it could change the pro game forever. There's just one small problem standing in Kelly's way: referees.
As Kelly mans his first full week of NFL training camp, installing a high-revving Ferrari engine into the Eagles' offense, league insiders say there are exactly zero indications NFL referees will be willing participants in the Kelly era. The NFL, they say, has a long-standing pace at which they do things between plays and the referees "aren't going to change just to accommodate someone's offense," said Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now an analyst for Fox Sports.
"We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo, our officials do," said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino. "We're going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren't going to rush [unless] it's in the two minute drill."
No reason to drop the value of any Eagles due to this, because, chances are Kelly has already accounted and adjusted. But, it may be interesting to watch what kind of effects it has on what Kelly wants to do offensively. As it stands right now, LeSean McCoy is really the only highly-valued Eagle from a fantasy perspective.
Friday, July 26, 2013, 11:52am
McCoy said he should be able to accomplish both under new coach Chip Kelly, who’s expected to emphasize the running game more than previous coach Andy Reid.
“The last few years, I’ve had good years, but I don’t think I was dominant,” McCoy said upon reporting to training camp Thursday. “In this offense, [I’ll have] the ability to run the ball more, where I can take over a game. There have been flashes of it in the past, but having the ability to do it day in and day out and game in and game out has been a different story.
“Chip has shown that he runs the ball tons, so I think that’s the difference.”
Kelly ran a run-heavy offense in college, but may not have that luxury in the NFL, in which the games will be far more competitive. Still, the Eagles are going to run the ball more than they did under Andy Reid, and this can only help McCoy.
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:35pm
It was all passing, all Wednesday morning for the Chiefs’ quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans. The Chiefs have not attempted a running play during the team portions of the first two days of camp. Quarterback Alex Smith wasted little time finding his favorite target, rookie tight end Travis Kelce, on several routes.
Kelce is a deep sleeper at the TE position, but the more important thing to note is that the Chiefs are not focused on the running game right now. That might be because they know Jamaal Charles is very capable in that part of the offense and they want to work on the passing game. We wouldn't worry too much about Charles's usage -- LeSean McCoy got plenty of run under Andy Reid in the last few years.