LeSean McCoy’s troublesome hamstring issue hasn’t gone away. The star Buffalo Bills running back left practice on Thursday at less than 100% and was limited again in Friday’s session. Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan admitted he was “concerned”, while Shady is listed as questionable going into week two’s massive showdown with the division rival New England Patriots.
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Ryan said just a day ago he was “hopeful” McCoy would be able to suit up against the Pats, and there is still a decent chance that is the case. However, the Bills will have to prepare for the very real possibility that McCoy either can’t go at all or could end up being severely limited. If McCoy is out, backup running back Karlos Williams would stand to carry the rushing load. Third string running back Bryce Brown was released earlier in the week, leaving just Anthony Dixon as the only other Buffalo rusher.
Cue the fantasy sleeper alarm for Karlos Williams. Even if Shady plays, Williams is very likely to be in line for the role we saw out of him in week one, when he turned six carries into 55 yards and a touchdown. Williams won the backup job due to a nice blend of power and speed, while he looks decisive in his cuts. He also made Brown expendable, so you know Buffalo isn’t worried about using him a lot if they have to.
Williams is looking like an interesting Flex play across all leagues, but if McCoy is suddenly out he’ll be a full-blown RB2 with some serious upside. For one, New England let DeAngelo Williams drop 120+ rushing yards on them in week two. Secondly, Williams is more explosive at this point and given Buffalo’s system, could be in line for a huge day. He’d especially be a good bet in daily fantasy football leagues, as his price on DraftKings right now is a paltry $3.3k. By comparison, Shady is double that price. Yeah.