LeSean McCoy, RB Buffalo Bills

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Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) iffy for Week 1

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 12:47pm

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Bills beat writer Mike Rodak on the Week 1 status of LeSean McCoy: "Well we certainly expect him to be ready to go, I hope," coach Rex Ryan said Monday. "If not then the next man has to step up. [Anthony Dixon] got a lot of reps out there today. Bryce Brown got a lot of reps today. So we will see. I am not going to put that all on one man. If he is not ready to go, he won’t be in there." If McCoy -- who did rehab work in practices Monday and Tuesday -- can't play in Week 1, then the Bills will most likely turn to Brown or Dixon as their primary ball carriers. In my view, the favorite for that job would be rookie Karlos Williams. The fifth-round pick might not be available for the opener -- he began rehab work Tuesday at practice after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure last month -- but down the road could be the better option to replace McCoy than Brown or Dixon.

Fantasy Impact:

Two things to note here: 1) McCoy may not play in Week 1 and it looks like the primary replacements would be Dixon and Brown, and 2) Rodak believes that, when healthy, Williams is the best option to back up McCoy. Williams is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
The Bills acquired 'Shady' McCoy and gave him $26 million for a reason. They expect results. McCoy put up some impressive numbers in Philly over the years. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards four of the past five seasons and until last year, he caught at least 40 passes every season. No doubt McCoy can make big plays and that is what attracted the Bills to him. Most fantasy experts predict he can continue to put up those numbers in Buffalo and is a consensus top 10 back.

Fantasy Downside
There were reasons Chip Kelly shipped one of this best offensive players away. McCoy has put up good numbers as previously mentioned, but he also was in the top 5 in negative rushes last season, which happened 13% of the time. There are also the TD totals. He is not a great goal line back (Only 16 rushing TDs over the past three seasons), and there is solid depth behind him on the Bills' roster. Fred Jackson will still get plenty of touches and they also like Boobie Dixon, Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams.

Shady will be the man in Buffalo, but will he be the full time guy? McCoy is the No. 9 back per 4for4 and his ADP is 15. The TDs hurt his value and keep him out of the top 5, plus the Bills depth should worry fantasy owners as Jackson always seems to end up a major factor in Buffalo's offense. McCoy will give you RB1 numbers but he is not a first round pick.

2015 Strength of Schedule - BUF
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
19
IND
18
NE
4
@MIA
21
NYG
30
@TEN
29
CIN
25
@JAX
BYE4
MIA
6
@NYJ
18
@NE
16
@KC
8
HOU
26
@PHI
9
@WAS
20
DAL
6
NYJ

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1JAX2174003.52641066.8358/8767%
2IND2079103.95423055.7549/6872%
3WAS1922001.160003-54/7374%
4SF1017001.700000-45/6075%
5STL2481013.3845041.2554/7374%
6NYG22149006.7725022.5042/7258%
7BYE------------
8ARI2183003.95314054.6778/9285%
9HOU23117005.0926023.0054/8365%
10CAR1219101.581-203-2.0045/6273%
11GB2388003.831180118.0048/7862%
12TEN21130106.1911011.0047/8754%
13DAL25159116.360000-48/7762%
14SEA1750012.940000-35/4676%
15DAL1664004.0011021.0034/5562%
16WAS2288104.00328049.3347/9052%
17NYG1799005.821150115.0037/7351%
Totals3131319534.21291550395.34775/117666%

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