Fantasy Start/Sit Week 3: RB LeSean McCoy


LeSean McCoy burst onto the scene once again in week 1, but struggled against the Cowboys’ defense in week 2. Start/Sit?

It was more than expected for LeSean McCoy to show out against the New York Jets. Buffalo Bills’ fans expected a similar showing in week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, but the fan base did not get what they wanted.

All statistics and fantasy projections per ESPN standard scoring leagues.

Here is how LeSean McCoy performed in recent weeks:

  • Week 1 vs. New York Jets:
    • 110 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards
    • 0 touchdowns
    • 15.9 fantasy points
  • Week 2 @ Carolina Panthers
    • 9 rushing yards, 34 receiving yards
    • 0 touchdowns
    • 4.3 fantasy points.

LeSean McCoy has yet to find the end-zone this season, but it is inevitable sooner than later. The Bills #1 running back will meet a defense that boasts the likes of Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, and Aqib Talib.

If LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills thought the Panthers defense was good, wait until they see the Denver Broncos. Here is how the Denver Broncos fared against opposing running backs in recent weeks:

  • Week 1 vs. LAC (Melvin Gordon)
    • 64 yards
    • 0 touchdowns
    • 16.7 fantasy points
  • Week 2 vs. DAL (Ezekiel Elliot)
    • 16 yards
    • 0 touchdowns
    • 3 fantasy points

Ezekiel Elliot. Shut down. That is what the Denver Broncos are capable and hope to do against the talented LeSean McCoy. The Bills’ running back was fending off a minor hamstring injury last week that could have affected him in the game against the Carolina Panthers, but now that he is 100% he may have a better showing this week.

Here are LeSean McCoy’s ESPN projections for week 3:

79.4 rushing yards – 26.8 receiving yards – 0.5 touchdowns – 13.6 fantasy points

Of course, this is a tough match-up for LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills’ offense, but McCoy is a #1 RB in any situation. His projected statistics are the 7th highest in the NFL for week 3 ahead of running backs such as Marshawn Lynch and Leonard Fournette.

The defense could be a brick wall, and 99% of fantasy leagues would start LeSean McCoy. He is a first-round pick for a reason. There is no reason he should be out of any starting lineups at any point this year unless he gets bitten by the injury bug.



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