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Is LeSean McCoy the Best Fantasy Running Back?
With his 185-yard rushing performance against the Dallas Cowboys in week 8 of the National Football League season, the Philadelphia Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy, is staking his claim as the best rusher in fantasy football. When McCoy was drafted out of Pittsburgh with the 21st pick of the second round in the 2009 NFL Draft, it was clear that the Eagles were going to make him the next Brian Westbrook(notes). The impact Westbrook had on the fantasy game was high, and I had my doubts about the ability of McCoy to reach that level. I think it is now safe to say, after 38 games in the NFL, McCoy is the best running back in fantasy football.
Over the course of his brief career, McCoy has been a menace to opposing defenses, rushing for 2,471 yards on 497 carries, good for 5.0 yards per touch. He has scored 19 touchdowns and has done a great job of protecting the football, losing just two fumbles during his career. He has rushed for more than 100-yards seven times during his career, with his performance against the division rival Cowboys setting a new career high.
Like Westbrook was, McCoy can be effective catching passes out of the backfield. Despite not being used in that capacity as much this season, McCoy has hurt opposing defenses. He has made 141 catches for 1,038 yards, good for 7.4 yards per catch. His career high for one week was 12 catches for 110 yards in week 4 of the 2010 season against the Washington Redskins.
Another thing McCoy does well which doesn't help his fantasy play is picking up blitzes. While the Eagles offensive line problems are well noted, McCoy has protected Michael Vick(notes), Kevin Kolb(notes) and Donovan McNabb(notes) over the course of his career from getting slammed to the turf countless times.
Many fantasy players claim that Arian Foster(notes) or Darren McFadden(notes) may be the best backs in fantasy, but they have both suffered from injury problems, something McCoy has been able to avoid thus far. Adrian Peterson is another name at the top of the list, but he has struggled at times this season, as has Chris Johnson and Ahmad Bradshaw(notes). The once dominant fantasy position has seen its stock drop compared to some wide receivers, and it is the struggles of some of these players that caused this.
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