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All-Mancrush: Salivary glands work overtime for LeSean McCoy

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Over the past decade, the fantasy faithful has witnessed the rapid deterioration of several revered 30-year-old running backs. Shaun Alexander(notes), Ahman Green(notes) and Eddie George are prime examples. Though there are always exceptions to the rule (i.e. Thomas Jones(notes) last year), a number of prized geriatric rushers could potentially fall-off quickly giving rise to the next generation of fantasy drool inducers.

With brittle Brian Westbrook(notes) nearing breakdown age, rookie LeSean McCoy(notes) could be this season’s biggest mid-round sensation.

The second-round pick's meritorious skills meld perfectly with Andy Reid’s West Coast brand. Although his blitz pick-up is still a work in progress, he’s routinely flashed the elusiveness, vision, versatility and burst scouts were awestruck by during his college tenure at Pitt (Visual propaganda here). Challenged by first-string defenses in three preseason contests, the baby-faced 21-year-old has totaled a laudable 150 yards on 36 touches (26 rushes, 10 catches) with one touchdown.

More importantly, veterans, especially Donovan McNabb(notes), have been impressed with the quick study’s humility and work ethic. From CSN Philly:

“We all know he was a guy coming out of college that can make you miss and pick up big yards after a move, and you don’t want him to change that." McNabb said."You want him to keep that same style and also understand that in some situations, you have to put your shoulder down and run a guy over for an extra two yards. I think he’s learning that right now.”

Based on his stirring play and blue-collar approach, Eagles insider David Jones of the Patriot News believes McCoy’s precise role will be larger than that of a traditional down-spelling backup:

This much is certain: The Eagles' role for McCoy is defined and substantial. It is clear they know how they want to use him and are counting on his contribution, at least in abundant relief of still-untested Brian Westbrook and maybe much more.

Westbrook is clearly the No. 1 option in the Eagles backfield, but its apparent McCoy will be leaned on at least moderately to open the regular season. It wouldn’t be a shock if he netted roughly 8-12 touches per game. But as the season progresses, the youngster will inevitably be thrust into the spotlight. In his renowned career, Westbrook has never played a full 16-game slate. When that opportunity arises, Shady will become the ultimate object of fantasy desire. The Eagles offense is a fertile, nourishing environment for a running back. The stalwart O-line, deadly vertical attack and talent-maximizing system would instantly catapult McCoy into the RB2 upper-echelon when, not if, he’s pressed into starting action.

Until the injury imp feasts on Westbrook, virtual pigskin's "McDreamy" will only be useful as an occasional flex option in deeper formats. But in approximately 2-4 spectacular starts, he certainly will exceed his current 106.03 ADP (RB42).

Fearless Forecast (16 games, 4 starts): 196 rushing attempts, 862 rushing yards, 43 receptions, 339 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns

RB All-Mancrush honorable mentions: Felix Jones(notes), Donald Brown(notes), Rashard Mendenhall(notes), Ahmad Bradshaw(notes), James Davis and Peyton Hillis(notes)

Who are you crushing on at RB this season? How many starts do you think McCoy will net? Where have you drafted him? Discuss below.

Previous All-Mancrush selections: QB: Matt Schaub.

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