Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was limited to 12 games in 2015 because of hamstring and knee injuries.
McCoy, however, still managed 1,187 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. Those numbers are particularly important for fantasy owners, and Wednesday night McCoy placed 26th on NFL Network's "NFL Fantasy Live: Top 50 Fantasy Players."
In NFL.com leagues, McCoy had 146.7 fantasy points, averaging 12.23 points per game.
"Certainly you think about his time in Philadelphia when Chip Kelly arrived and Shady made a lot of fantasy owners awfully happy," host Matt Smith said. "We got excited when he went to Rex Ryan knowing how much he likes to run the ball and feature a back. Injuries kind of caused that to get sideways a little bit, but we feel (he’s) healthy and back and we know what Rex likes to do, and we all feel pretty good about Shady now."
NFL Network fantasy guru Michael Fabiano said McCoy is no longer "an RB1," fantasy lingo for one of the top running backs, "but I would love to get Shady somewhere in the second or third round as an RB2. People are concerned about the presence of Karlos Williams, who oh by the way put on about 25 pounds in the offseason, and his ability to score in the red zone. But McCoy still was given plenty of opportunites down there in the red zone. I still think he is the centerpiece of this offense."
Panel member Marcas Grant said the Bills run the ball enough that McCoy could still be a top running back option for fantasy owners in 2016.
"There will be plenty of opportunity, even when Karlos Williams gets back into shape," he said.
"He was pretty consistent," fellow panel member Adam Rank said. "You talk about the injuries, too, he’s missed just eight games in the past five years. There just seems to be a perception that he misses a ton of games, but he’s consistent. I think that the Bills run enough that both these guys can be affective. I like him as an RB1 just because I grabbed wide receiver-wide receiver, so in that third round, fourth round, that’s kind of where I’m looking.
"It’s like a Nordstrom Rack pick. I don’t want to pay high prices for it, but you put it at a discount, I’m fine."
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