Buffalo Bills star running back LeSean McCoy is said to be playing on “one and a half legs” and could be nearing a week off to get some rest. Backup running back Karlos Williams could be headed for a bigger role even if McCoy is fine going into next week.
Rex Ryan says that LeSean McCoy is playing on “one and a half legs,” and fighting through a lot of pain with the hamstring.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 27, 2015
Williams has been beyond impressive through the first three weeks of his NFL career, as the Florida State product has found the end-zone in every game so far this year and put his potential on full display in week three with a staggering 110 rushing yards on just 12 carries.
Buffalo was supposed to struggle with McCoy at less than full strength to start the year, but Williams has been quite the blessing, putting up 186 total yards and three scores on the ground. Williams has proven to be an extremely decisive and controlled runner that not only is patient for his blocks, but also has the burst and speed to pull off large chunks of yardage. Williams even has displayed solid ability as a receiver out of the backfield, but has not yet been used heavily in that role. With McCoy admitting he may have to take a game off at some point to get his ailing hamstring back to 100%, it’s possible the Bills could fully unleash their impressive rookie rusher in week four.
Go, go gadget waiver wire pickup. Holy balls does this guy look good. We don’t want to overreact, but he truly looks better than McCoy at this point and the early signs suggest that Williams is going to keep a solid role even if/when Shady is at full strength. The Bills shouldn’t want it any other way, either, as they would prefer to run their opponents into the ground anyways, while keeping McCoy fresh is obviously something they’d love to accomplish. For now, Williams is really just a nice stash that you can consider using as a Flex on a weekly basis. The Bills are using him in the red-zone and with 6+ touches in every game, he has a decent (and growing) role. He’s touched the ball more every week and if McCoy actually takes a step back to rest up, he could end up being the sleeper to target in week four. He’s a strong waiver wire pickup given McCoy’s situation, but the real play is in daily fantasy football leagues. If McCoy sits out this week, Karlos Williams is going to be the top value over at DraftKings, where he’s just $3.3k. Keep an eye on this situation as it develops all week.