In less than three days, LeSean McCoy has gone from one of the worst offenses in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills to what might be the league's best with the Kansas City Chiefs.
McCoy was a mid-round fantasy football pick in Buffalo, with an average draft position (ADP) of RB38 (101st overall), according to FantasyPros.com. His value doesn't seem to be climbing much as he settles in to his new home, and that leaves the door open for some massive 2019 fantasy football upside.
The top concern that stands out with the signing is that McCoy joins a somewhat crowded backfield. Damien Williams has been projected as the team's lead back all offseason after replacing Kareem Hunt in that role late in 2018. Rookie Darwin Thompson has also impressed and flown up the depth chart.
McCoy was already dealing with a ton of competition in Buffalo though, competing with another rookie in Devin Singletary, as well as Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon.
For as good as Williams was in a small sample last season, he has never proven himself over a large body of work in the NFL. He never topped even 66 touches in any of his first four NFL seasons (all with the Miami Dolphins), averaging an inefficient 3.6 yards per carry in that time. That being said, it's hard not to attribute a large part of his 2018 success to the quality of the offense around him.
A one-year, $4 million deal for McCoy is also a good sign that the Chiefs might want him as their lead back — a role we have seen is capable of elevating backs to new heights for fantasy production. For comparison, the Chiefs also extended Williams' contract last year, but in the next two seasons combined, Williams is set to make less than McCoy is guaranteed for one season.
With the way we saw Williams feast in the KC backfield down the stretch in 2018, the Chiefs' investing No. 1 RB money in McCoy is a strong indicator that McCoy has a huge ceiling for fantasy production in 2019. This makes him a potential steal for fantasy football drafters as Week 1 rapidly approaches.
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