3/4/2015: The Bills have reportedly acquired RB LeSean McCoy from the Eagles in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso. While the trade isn’t yet official, it’s been confirmed all over the place, so get ready for the impact that it’s going to have in fantasy leagues everywhere. Here is the bottom line… Read Spotlight
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SMITTY: The Eagles are on a bye this week, but this is good news for LeSean McCoy owners, who want to see him in the 15-20 carry territory in Week 8. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Do I worry about Nick Foles being an elite talent? Absolutely not. Do I worry about him getting injured behind a beat-up Philly offensive line? Yes. That said, anyone freaking out and jumping ship on Nick Foles needs to look at the facts. Depending on your scoring, Foles was the 4th-ranked fantasy football QB heading into Week 3, and he accomplished all that with some strange starts to Weeks 1 and 2, and in Week 3, that Eagles offense didn’t even touch the field once in the first quarter due to the flow of game and a Philly DST score. To put this into an even clearer perspective, Foles, again depending on your scoring format, was roughly 4-10 points off Peyton Manning, who through three weeks of play was roughly 2-3 overall for QBs in almost all leagues. Does Philly need to make some changes and secure up their offensive line? Yes, no question, but they should have RT Lane Johnson back for Week 5 against the Rams, and you can bet that Chip Kelly will be getting LeSean McCoy more involved in his offense moving forward. Some might be jumping ship on McCoy, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for selling high if that were even possible (which it likely is not)… but, selling low is a big mistake, as you just won’t likely get anything near what you deserve if you put him on your trade block. Keep the faith, as McCoy would still be a top 5RB if drafting for Weeks 5-16. Well, that’s how I see it. Could that change after another 2-3 bad weeks? Of course, but that still doesn’t mean selling low is smart management right now. Testing the trade waters isn’t unwise, but pulling the trigger on a bad deal isn’t going to change things for you if McCoy has been holding your back thus far. To put McCoy’s season into perspective, he had a solid first two weeks of the season, totaling 100 yards in each contest, and he scored in that Week 2 game. Those are not bad numbers, folks, not at all. His Weeks 3 and 4 were awful, as he ran 19 times for 22 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 3, and he ran 10 times for just 17 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 4. Those are pathetic stat lines for a top 2 overall pick. But, those first two games, where he averaged over 100 total yards and 0.5TDs, those games should be factored into your thinking here if you are a semi-panicked McCoy owner… Our Week 5 Buy-Low Candidates will be out Tuesday, so sign up for Smart Alerts to ensure you get that list emailed right to you!
SMITTY: Great news considering McCoy gave us all a concussion scare in Week 3. McCoy is on our Buy-Low List heading into Week 4… find out why!
SMITTY: It looks like Davis has a real shot at playing Week 4 against the Eagles. This will be an afternoon game, so hopefully we know his status prior to the morning set of games (and how will you find out? Smart Alerts!). For now, check out where we have Vernon Davis and all those Eagles offensive players Ranked on our Week 4 Power Rankings. This game could be a shootout, and look for Nick Foles to carry his Week 3 momentum into Week 4. Also, expect LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles to bounce-back in Week 4.
According to numerous reports, x-rays on the thumb of Eagles RB LeSean McCoy came back negative; the injury is not considered to be serious.
SMITTY: This is great news, but if you plan on investing in LeSean McCoy this year, be certain to handcuff him to Darren Sproles, as that offense is so explosive, Sproles would play well if forced to take on a significant workload. McCoy, despite some very minor toe and thumb issues, remains locked into our top 2RBs heading into 2014, as seen here via our Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections.
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is already back on the field after suffering what looked like a severe knee injury. LeSean McCoy headed to the locker room for x-rays on his thumb.
SMITTY: Great news, as it appears Maclin just hyperextended the knee. Look for him to rest it a bit after this one. For those clinging to Maclin’s health when trying to predict how this Eagles’ passing attack does in 2014, it would survive without Maclin. While the team is clearly better off with the guy on the field, keep in mind that this passing attack has two 50-60 reception rushers in LeSean McCoy (thumb/toe) and Darren Sproles, and Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper are severely-underrated possession types. Jordan Matthews is a rookie, so I fully expect inconsistency, and maybe even a slow start, but he has huge upside if the offense ever needs to turn to him in place of Maclin. Nick Foles is in for a huge 2014, and if you want to see some crazy-bold predictions, just view Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections. We will keep you updated on LeSean McCoy’s thumb! Hopefully it’s minor.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left Thursday’s preseason contest with a thumb injury; he has headed to the locker room for x-rays. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a knee injury in the contest (looking like an ACL).
SMITTY: We will keep you posted on LeSean McCoy, but clearly not great news. Hopefully this ends up being minor, but it’s a reminder that Darren Sproles is a must-own for all McCoy owners in 2014. As for Jeremy Maclin, the guy just can’t stay healthy. He has a grip of upside, but this looked bad, like a torn ACL. We will keep you posted on this one as well, but give Zach Ertz, Jordan Matthews and Riley Cooper a knee-jerk bump on your rankings for the time being.
According to csnphilly.com, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (toe) is fine. When a reporter asked Chip Kelly about McCoy’s injury, Kelly wise-cracked, “I don’t think he’ll ever play again.” After some laughs, Kelly responded: “No, he’s fine,” Kelly added. “He practiced full [Monday]. He’s fine. It’s not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be.”
SMITTY: This is exactly what Russ Bliss and I discussed below in last night’s fantasy football radio show, where we discuss this topic and also breakouts and sleepers. Take a listen below:
The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies