Fantasy Football 2012: Start LeSean McCoy In Week 16

By Adam Pfeifer
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Guess who’s back? Back again. Shady’s back. Tell a friend.

I deeply apologize for that. But fantasy owners, LeSean McCoy is back just in time for your fantasy championship. You should be singing too! McCoy has been sidelined with a concussion since the Week 11 contest against his division rival Washington Redskins. What a coincidence, as the Philadelphia Eagles will play those very Redskins on Sunday.

After being cleared to play by medical staff in the beginning of the week, McCoy will not only play on Sunday, but will be the starting running back. Rookie Bryce Brown will still be used in a rotation, but you have to think his amount of carries may subside after his recent fumbling issues.

From a fantasy perspective, if you have made it this far without the luxury of having McCoy in your lineup, you are probably thrilled. I look at McCoy as an RB2 this week, even if carries are distributed. The ceiling is far too high for him to be benched and is still one of the more elite backs in all of football. Is the matchup great? No, not really. Washington is the 6th-ranked run defense in the league and has only surrendered 10 touchdowns all year. However, “Shady” is still a matchup proof player in fantasy football.

This situation is quite similar to that of Dez Bryantlast week. If he is healthy enough to play for his respective team, he is good enough to be in my fantasy lineup. Don’t expect productivity resembling the McCoy of 2011, but I would one hundred percent, without a doubt play him in my fantasy championship.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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