Fantasy Football Week 4: LeSean McCoy Faces Toughest Test Yet

By Dan Freeman
LeSean McCoy
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This Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles travel to an uncomfortable altitude to take on the Denver Broncos in what will surely be the game of the week.

The two teams are arguably the most exciting to watch in the NFL, and seeing them play each other will be a dream for fans. The scoreboard may overload because points are going to keep piling up at lightspeed as fantasy’s top-two quarterbacks duke it out.

Obviously the game won’t be lacking in excitement, but in addition to that, there’s also a very compelling sub-plot: fantasy’s top RB, LeSean McCoy, will take on the top-ranked rush-defense in the league.

McCoy truly has been an unstoppable force through the first three weeks. He’s averaged a staggering 6.4 yards per carry on his way to 395 rushing yards — over 100 more than Adrian Peterson — adding six receptions for 119 yards and two total touchdowns. He’s electric almost every time he rushes, dizzying defenders with nasty open-field jukes.

At the rate the Eagles are feeding him the ball, there’s no reason to think that anyone else will overtake him for the league lead in rushing at any point. Right now, it’s his title to lose, and I don’t see it happening.

Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

The Broncos’ defensive line is an absolute brick wall. They’re giving up only 43.3 rushing yards per game and 2.3 yards per carry, both the best marks in the NFL. They held Ray Rice to 36 yards, David Wilson to 17 yards and Darren McFadden to a laughable nine yards.

Part of their success can also be attributed to the fact that all opponents the Broncos have faced so far have been playing from behind and throwing at the end of games, on account of Denver’s offense steam-rolling defenses on basically every possession and jumping out to insurmountable leads. Either way, that D-line is coming up big and making life very difficult for opposing runners.

It will be very, very interesting to see how Shady handles his business against the Broncos’ formidable front-seven. So far, he’s looked like he can’t possibly be contained, while the Broncos have looked like they can’t possibly be run on.

The result will be very telling; if McCoy has the same success he’s had so far and manages to put up big numbers in this game, he’s the realest deal there is and has a strong chance of finishing first overall in the 2013 fantasy season. Similarly, if the Broncos manage to shut the league’s rushing leader down, you can bet that nobody else will have a chance of finding any serious running room against them all season.

It will make a strong case for sitting almost every single running back that has to face them over the next 13 weeks. This game can’t get here fast enough.

Dan Freeman is a Fantasy football writer for Follow him on Twitter @DanFreeman88.

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