LeSean McCoy Fantasy Outlook Points to Little PPR Value With Buccaneers in 2020

LeSean McCoy's fantasy football outlook suggests decent PPR value.
LeSean McCoy's fantasy football outlook suggests decent PPR value. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Even after joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LeSean McCoy never looked like the most intriguing fantasy football target this year. His value took yet another hit late on Monday night, when the team signed Leonard Fournette to a one-year deal.

Though he could be third or potentially even fourth in line for the early-down rushing work, McCoy could offer some value in PPR leagues as a pass-catcher.

LeSean McCoy Fantasy Football Outlook

McCoy carries an average draft position (ADP) of RB57, per FantasyPros. On average, he's the 184th player off the board, so he's likely either an end-round flyer or is going undrafted. That's about right considering McCoy is probably behind Fournette, Ronald Jones and Ke'Shawn Vaughn for an early-down role.

Where he could make an impact is as a pass catcher. Fournette handled 100 targets and caught 76 balls, but that was his first year seeing even 50 targets. Plus, it's not like he did a great job with that volume, averaging a career-worst 5.2 yards per target.

As for the other backs, Jones is not a proven pass-catcher, Vaughn is just a rookie, and Dare Ogunbowale is no guarantee to make the team now that there's such a logjam at running back.

McCoy absolutely has a chance to carve out a role in the passing game, and some reports have surfaced indicating that is indeed the team's plan.

As James White's fantasy managers can attest, serving as Tom Brady's pass-catching back can lead to a lot of volume. White, for example, averaged 109.0 targets year year for 79.5 catches over the last two seasons.

However, with so many mouths to feed in this backfield, it's unlikely that anyone emerges as the team's sole third-down back. This is likely to be a platoon on the ground and through the air.

McCoy does carry some upside on the off chance that he becomes the team's leading receiver out of the backfield, but he's not likely to be fantasy relevant in 2020.

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