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LeSean McCoy is still a top five player

Updated on March 28, 2015

LeSean McCoy has been one of the most productive football players over his six year career. He has been especially relevant to fantasy football players over the span of his career. During the off season of the 2015 NFL season McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills. For some players a trade of this magnitude represents an end to their career. McCoy is only twenty-six years old, his best years are in front of him. The question that is on everyone's mind; Is Mccoy still a relevant fantasy football player?

Eagles Offense Versus Bills Offense

The Eagles and the Bills are two polar opposite teams. The Eagles score a lot; they average 29.6 points per game. The Bills Average eight points less a game, giving them reason to go out and pick up a player the stature of McCoy.

During McCoy's time in Philadelphia he had quarterbacks that were a threat to opposing defenses. In Buffalo that is not the case, the quarterback will have to prove that defenses will have to be afraid of him. The Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is a decent quarterback, but he is young and has not had strong players around him until this year.

Since Manuel is unproven and his back up Matt Cassel is exactly that, a back up McCoy may have to deal with defenses that focus on him. The challenge for Fantasy team managers; Do you take a chance on him with a weak quarterback, or will McCoy's presence on the field make Manuel an all pro quarterback?

 
Eagles Offense
Bills Offense
Difference
Passing Yards
272.2 yds/g
225.9
Eagles + 46.3 yds/g
Rushing Yards
124.5 yds/g
92.6
Eagles + 31.9 yds/g
Points Scored
29.6 pts/g
21.4
Eagles +8.20 pts/g

Statistical Strengths

McCoy is a very good receiver out of the backfield. He averaged fifty receptions a season for his entire career. Since he is a good receiver that will help the quarterback considerably, since the quarterback will be able to throw him to avoid being sacked.

Another strength that McCoy has is that he does not turn the ball over. He has averaged less than two fumbles a season for his entire career.

Other Significant Additions

McCoy is a great player, but in football even great players need some help otherwise the defense will build their strategies that focus specifically on him. When McCoy was in Philadelphia he had plenty of teammates that were complimentary. Buffalo did not have the player the stature of McCoy, but since they added him to the team the Bills also signed Charles Clay. The former Dolphin Tight End will help Manuel in the passing game. When the passing game is working the run game has a greater chance to succeed.

Wide Receiver Percy Harvin was signed to a three year contract. He is an explosive player, with big play capability. The addition of Harvin will help McCoy because defenses will have to game plan around him; taking the focus off of McCoy.

Injury History

The good news is that McCoy has had a relatively injury free career. One season he had a challenge with concussions. He has seemed to improve quite well from those injuries, also there are ongoing improvements with equipment every year. Nothing is certain in life, but McCoy has proven that he can stay relatively healthy.

Long Term Performance

Fantasy managers like to look at the future. Predicting the future is difficult, but McCoy has proven that his future is very bright. He will probably get a fantasy manager 1300 yards a season, and he will score seven touchdowns.

Age thirty is believed to be a bad age for running backs. The body changes and the effects from all of the pounding that the player took starts to show. The good news for the fantasy manager is that McCoy is only twenty-six.

LeSean McCoy has been an outstanding player for his six year career. For most of his career fantasy managers have drafted him in the top five picks in the draft. Sometimes when a player is traded it is a sign that the players career is over. In McCoy's case he is in his prime as a football player. Even though he is on a new team McCoy is a player that should still be drafted in the top five picks of any draft.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Glad my Cowboys won't be facing him as often as before. One view! Thanks for an interesting article. Keep them coming! ;-)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Robert.

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      Robert Beyer 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thank you Kristen

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Robert on this football player. Well informative and interesting. Voted up!

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Awesome hub, I don't understand the rules of the game that much, but it is so attractive to watch it :)

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think McCoy will still light it up for a while at Buffalo.

      Great article.