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What To Do With The Chiefs Backfield After Signing LeSean McCoy

What to do with the Chiefs backfield after McCoy’s signing

The Saturday before week 1 is always crazy and some big named player gets cut. This year is was LeSean McCoy. McCoy was cut from the Buffalo Bills which was something I have been saying all offseason. I will admit I thought he would go to either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Houston Texans. McCoy ended up signing a 1 year deal $3 million guaranteed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Earlier in the day the Chiefs traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Texans for an offensive lineman. Hyde was someone I thought would get cut so the fact the Chiefs flipped him for another player is a great move.

With Hyde on the Texans, it left the Chiefs with Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson, and Darrel Williams at the running back position. None of those players have experience being the guy at the NFL level and the “starter” Damien Williams has never had more than 15 rushes in a regular season game.

The Chiefs adding McCoy is a great move by the team. They are bringing in a winner and a potential Hall of Fame running back, who was played with head coach Andy Reid before in Philadelphia. So, what in the world do we do as fantasy owners now? Do we trade low on Williams? Do we trade for McCoy? Is Thompson still draft-able? We will go through the top 3 backs (Williams, McCoy, Thompson) and discuss what you should do now.

Darwin Thompson

6th round rookie running back Darwin Thompson was on track to be the backup running back for the Chiefs in year one. With LeSean McCoy joining the team I see Thompson dropping his workload to around 20% of the running back work. Thompson could be a good 3rd down option and he could also get 1-2 drives a game where he is the featured back.

Darwin Thompson is currently being drafted at the 7.02 as the 33rd running back off the board. STOP DRAFTING HIM! If you still have a draft you have to stop it, with him being the 33rd running back off the board I cannot see a way he finishes above that with his workload if everyone stays healthy. If you have him on your team already I would recommend holding him through week 1. After week 1 we will have a good idea of what his workload truly is and if he will be fantasy relevant or not.

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is reuniting with his former head coach Andy Reid in Kansas City. This is a great move for not only the Chiefs but McCoy as well. McCoy is added to a Super Bowl contender and has an opportunity to be involved.

The question is, does McCoy have anything left to give the Chiefs? Last season in Buffalo, McCoy submitted the worst season of his career with 752 yards from scrimmage while averaging only 3.9 yards per touch. But it’s worth noting that McCoy was playing with a rookie quarterback who struggled mightily as a passer, and behind an offensive line that was among the worst units in the league in terms of both pass and run blocking. McCoy will now be playing alongside the reigning MVP in Patrick Mahomes, and behind a significantly better offensive line.

Is it worth drafting McCoy? I think yes! I predict McCoy will receive close to 35% of the running back work. McCoy is being drafted as the 48th running back off the board at the 10.10. I am drafting McCoy in the 9th if I have to, just to make sure I get him late. McCoy is the number two in a great offense with a coach he spent a majority of his career with. He is going to get some goal line work and steal touchdowns away from Williams. McCoy could be a flex play on most weeks with top 12 running back upside. If Williams were to get injured, McCoy instantly becomes a top 12 running back and at the very least a top 20 back.

Damien Williams

Damien Williams has been one of the most talked about players the whole offseason. There have been many debates about his draft price, talent, usage, and much more. Before McCoy signed with the Chiefs Williams was looking like a solid running back 2 with weekly running back 1 upside. Now it is looking like Williams is running back 2 that could finish as a running back 3 on some weeks.

Williams is currently being drafted as the 12th running back off the board at the 2.09. I am selling Williams at that draft price. You are drafting him at his ceiling there. I think Williams is going to get around 45% of the work and that will not equate to a running back 1. If you are getting low ball offers for Williams I wouldn’t accept them. I would wait a week or maybe even 2, or 3 to really get a good idea of what his work could be. If after a couple of weeks he is a liability on your fantasy team then look to make a move.

What to do with the Chiefs backfield after McCoy’s signing

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