LeSean McCoy didn’t exactly look like himself in week one, as he failed to score a touchdown and mustered just 41 rushing yards on 17 carries. He salvaged his day with 46 more yards on three receptions, but McCoy definitely disappointed folks in fantasy football.
He’s gearing up to let you down again.
Per reports, McCoy was pulled out of practice on Thursday due to another issue with his hamstring. It’s not known the severity of the hamstring issue, if an actual setback occurred or if the Bills are just messing with the Patriots. It could be nothing, but the mere blip of more news around LeSean McCoy’s hamstring is absolutely concerning.
Rex Ryan says Bills had to “back out” LeSean McCoy from practice today after he experienced tightness in his hamstring.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 17, 2015
Hamstring issues are tough to shake, especially when you rely on speed and sudden movements as much as someone like McCoy does. Already facing a defensive mastermind in Bill Belichick, McCoy is shaping up to be a fantasy football bust for the second week in a row.
New England actually doesn’t look like the worst matchup on paper. DeAngelo Williams carved up their run defense for 120+ rushing yards in week one and McCoy is far more talented and more explosive. At 100%, anyways. Even if McCoy is totally fine, there is a decent chance Bill Belichick does what he does best – shuts down Buffalo’s top weapon. It is open for debate who the Pats envision that being – McCoy, Percy Harvin or Sammy Watkins.
However, with Tyrod Taylor being inexperienced, it’s highly likely the Patriots sell out to stop the run and see what Taylor is made of. Taylor wasn’t pressured much or really tested last week, and there’s a good chance that happens in week two. After seeing the Pats get to Ben Roethlisberger (he didn’t really explode until late in the game), that has to be their plan to take down the Bills.
Of course, there’s the other possibility of McCoy simply being limited or sitting this one out. We don’t know anything for sure, other than he’s still not 100% and that Rex Ryan “hopes” he’ll play. Whatever that means. Shady is shaping up as a fade in daily fantasy football leagues and a potential sit candidate in season long leagues, provided you have a solid alternative option. Considering McCoy only got you about 8.7 fantasy points in non-PPR formats last week, let’s hope your bench is loaded. Stay tuned.