LeSean McCoy, RB Buffalo Bills

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Ravens Beat: Don't forget about Justin Forsett

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Terrance West stole the show in Monday night's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium with his big runs. Kenneth Dixon became the star of Saturday night's workout before 25,000 at the stadium with his open-field moves.

The one Baltimore Ravens running back that few are talking about this training camp is the one who has led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Justin Forsett finds himself in the peculiar position of being atop the depth chart while flying under the radar.

"Justin is quietly having an excellent camp," coach John Harbaugh said.

Forsett's 1,907 yards rushing the last two seasons are the eighth-most in the NFL. But unlike some of the others ahead of him on that list -- DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell -- Forsett hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot.

Harbaugh declined to name his No. 1 running back in February, and the Ravens drafted a running back in the fourth round for the third straight year. That put a huge question mark at the running back position for the offseason and training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

What Forsett has working for him is the best track record in this running back group. Since Forsett surprisingly filled Ray Rice's starting spot in 2014, his 22 runs over 20 yards (first), 4.9-yard rushing average (fifth) and 2,323 yards from scrimmage all rank in the top 10 among running backs the last two seasons. He is five years older than any back on the roster, the story said, and those other guys are all just making bigger plays right now. If the trend continues, it's hard not to see this turning into a committee or hot-hand situation.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Even though he is a seven-year veteran, LeSean 'Shady' McCoy continues to still be one of the better running backs in the NFL. He will begin hit second season as the Buffalo No. 1 back and will receive most of the carries on 1st and 2nd down. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and still manage five touchdowns despite missing a quarter of the season.

Fantasy Downside
McCoy is 29 and missed four games, although he has been healthy for most his career. The question is will he see the ball on 3rd down and will the Bills spell him more in 2016 with two young talented running backs behind him. He did only have three rushing touchdowns so the goal line situations might go to one of the other backs.

2016 Bottom Line
If he stays healthy, McCoy should have at least one more season as a top 10 running back. The fact that he might not see 300 carries might help him stay and fresh and injury-free. But he still is the No. 1 guy and will be a vital part of Buffalo's offense. He has an ADP of 26, but don't be afraid to take him on the tail-end of the second round or early third round. He still has some of the 'Shady' left in him.

2016 Strength of Schedule - BUF
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
14
@BAL
2
NYJ
6
ARI
9
@NE
22
@LA
30
SF
32
@MIA
9
NE
1
@SEA
BYE16
@CIN
24
JAX
12
@OAK
4
PIT
23
CLE
32
MIA
2
@NYJ

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

2015 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1IND1741002.413460415.3342/5971.19%
2NE1589005.93327039.0049/7268.06%
3MIA1116001.451101310.0034/6552.31%
4NYG------------
5TEN------------
6CIN1790105.2924042.0057/7081.43%
7JAX1868013.782360418.0067/7885.90%
8BYE------------
9MIA16112107.0027023.5034/5561.82%
10NYJ19112005.89547059.4052/6580.00%
11NE2082104.106410106.8360/7184.51%
12KC1970013.683311510.3362/7286.11%
13HOU21112005.330001-46/6274.19%
14PHI2074003.70435078.7564/7486.49%
15WAS1029002.9018018.0031/6746.27%
16DAL------------
17NYJ------------
Per game16.9274.580.250.174.412.6724.330.174.089.1349.83/67.5073.19%
Totals203895324.41322922499.13598/81073.19%

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