After racking up back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and coming off a 20-touchdown campaign in 2011, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy had very high expectations heading into 2012.
Highly regarded as a top-three running back in many fantasy football circles, Shady proved to be anything but that this season, piling on just 1,213 total yards with five touchdowns in 12 games and finishing 21st at his position in total points in standard scoring leagues.
His decline in production may be attributed to the horrendous offensive line play all season, but even then, Kelly has a different vision for his star running back.
After Shady was forced to the bench after suffering a concussion late in the game in Week 11, rookie backup Bryce Brown was forced to the field, and boy did he catch the fantasy universe by storm. In Shady’s four-game absence, Brown averaged an eye-popping 27.6 fantasy points (average of 173.5 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns) in his first two NFL starts before cooling down a bit in the next two games.
Regardless, Brown did enough in those four games to earn some attention from the newest group of Eagles coaches, including new head coach Chip Kelly.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise as Kelly has proven to be a firm believer in two-back rotations during his time at Oregon, from LeGarrette Blount and Jeremiah Johnson, to LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, to Barner and De’Anthony Thomas.
That being said, despite McCoy’s proven track record, I would refrain from selecting him in the first round for a few reasons. Firstly, no one likes a running back who operates in a committee because a committee means less touches, and unless your C.J. Spiller, I won’t even look at your name in the first round.
Secondly and lastly, 2013 will continue to have a scarcity at the running back position overall, however, the upcoming class runs deep enough to avoid a committee back in the early rounds.
If you have an early draft pick this season, don’t waste it on LeSean McCoy.
2013 Fantasy Football: LeSean McCoy No Longer A First-Round Option
February 13, 2013 5:12 pm EST by