The Buffalo Bills should have star running back LeSean McCoy ready against the Indianapolis Colts at home in week one. There’s just one problem. He won’t be 100% recovered from a nagging hamstring injury.
LeSean McCoy after prax Wed: “I’m not sure if I’ll b exactly 100 percent, but I feel good enough to go out there & compete.” #FromThePlayer
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 10, 2015
McCoy at less than 100% can still be productive, especially at home against a Colts run defense that has been very porous without Arthur Jones (on IR). Of course, anyone considering using Shady in DFS or season long fantasy football leagues have to worry about him being limited one way or another – or worse – making his condition even worse.
There have already been whispers about McCoy being part of a rotation and being “eased in” in his first game back, which could call for a lot of Karlos Williams and/or Bryce Brown. Is it worth it to roll with McCoy when he personally has said he’s not going to be his normal self? It’s at least open for debate.
The line is tried and largely true: start your studs.
You did draft LeSean McCoy to be a stud RB1 or at worst a high-end RB2. You didn’t draft him to get cute and start Ameer Abdullah over him. The matchup is good, McCoy will be out there and the Bills want to run the ball. Because of that, you have to start him in season long leagues.
Paying up for McCoy on DFS sites is probably not the best idea, however. The price might be a little too steep for a guy who relies on cutting and explosiveness. One wrong move could render him useless for the day or a rotation could cap his upside. For season long leagues it doesn’t matter. You drafted him to be the guy and your alternatives just aren’t great. In DFS, your alternatives are whoever the heck you want. Instead of paying for Shady, go with the likes of C.J. Anderson or Jeremy Hill in week one. You’ll be glad you did.