Damien Williams Injury Gives LeSean McCoy Fantasy Value Huge Boost in Week 3 Against Baltimore

Jason Schandl
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The Kansas City Chiefs have the best offense in the NFL, and that has them at the center of the fantasy football conversation every week. That's especially true with their Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, which has a hefty 52-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Kansas City's running-back-committee approach has clouded the value for both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy in fantasy football. However, Williams was ruled out this week and McCoy looks set to play in full, so we can expect big things out of Shady in Week 3.

Williams hasn't exactly been the fantasy stud he was being drafted as this summer, and across two games he's turned 33 opportunities (22 carries and 11 targets) into only 121 yards and one touchdown, tallying 27.1 PPR fantasy points, and only 18.1 in standard scoring.

McCoy has been far more effective, with 104 yards on 21 carries and 12 yards on four receptions. He hasn't found the end zone like Williams did, but he's been much more productive with the ball in his hands.

The Ravens' defense makes for a touch matchup, but this offense also throttled the Jacksonville Jaguars' elite defense for 40 points in Week 1, and no opponent is good enough to take KC's offense out of the game.

If you're in a deep league or are looking for a sleeper RB, you should also keep an eye on Darwin Thompson, who could soak up some of Williams' receiving volume. In the unlikely even that McCoy also sits, Thompson would also be elevated to must-play status.

McCoy's role in the KC offense was already trending up, playing 40.8 percent of the snaps in Week 2 following a low 29.4 percent debut in Week 1, and now we should get a chance to see what Shady can do as the team's lead back.

The potential for a workhorse role in an offense that always has a shot to be the highest-scoring unit of the week puts McCoy 20th at RB in our Week 3 fantasy football rankings.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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