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LeSean McCoy was the preferred first overall pick in Fantasy drafts by some this summer. After leading the league in rushing and playing in a frenetic offense that maximizes the effectiveness of their running backs, why wouldn't McCoy be popular?
But through four games, McCoy has looked more like LeSean Astin, averaging 2.7 yards per carry (192 yards on 70 carries) with a touchdown and another 64 yards on 10 catches. Jamaal Charles has more touchdowns in almost two fewer games. Matt Asiata had more touchdowns in Week 4 alone. Steven Jackson has a better rushing average.
It's a nightmare, but is it forever? That depends on what every individual owner sees in McCoy. Over the last two weeks we've all seen a running back play behind a patchwork offensive line and get zip in the way of receptions. In the two weeks prior, they saw a back with explosiveness pick up over 100 total yards per game with a score -- behind a mostly first-string offensive line and against two weak defenses.
Philadelphia has some tough matchups coming up, but at least it is getting back starting right tackle Lane Johnson this week. That will definitely help. So might a re-dedication to McCoy after playing him on 100 of 134 snaps over the last two weeks (call it the Sproles effect after Sproles' red-hot start to the season). Head coach Chip Kelly proclaimed McCoy healthy this week, so no injury can be blamed.
Has the time come to part with McCoy? There wouldn't be a shortage of Fantasy owners interested in trading for McCoy in every league, myself included. I'd rather have McCoy than not have him. The key to the equation is what people would be willing to give up for him -- as you'll see, some trades are worth making if you're giving up McCoy.
Let's see who's moved what for McCoy after four weeks in CBSSports.com leagues.
LeSean McCoy for Donald Brown and Philip Rivers: Well, some people have already made up their minds and think McCoy is going to be a bust. Brown's done nothing to impress this season and while Rivers is great, he's not considered quite as valuable as a potential No. 1 Fantasy running back. Someone got real lucky to get McCoy.
LeSean McCoy and Andrew Luck for Brandon Marshall and Peyton Manning: Here's a trade where the owner giving away McCoy made a good move. Marshall's been underwhelming over the last two weeks but in the end should still finish as a Top 5 or 10 Fantasy receiver. Can we say the same about McCoy? The quarterbacks are basically a wash -- at least Peyton's already had his bye and played his toughest game on the schedule.
LeSean McCoy for Wes Welker, Mike Wallace and Trent Richardson: The chart says it's too much for McCoy, but it's still one of the ugliest trades ever. How can anyone feel good about getting Welker and Richardson knowing just how much risk there is to them? Wallace has gotten off to a great start but is he even the best player in this trade? It's a flaming dumpster fire for Shady.
The Trade Value Chart is designed to help you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring or PPR league. The values assigned to the players below are a long-term measurement of their Fantasy value. By adding two players' values you could determine what one player you might be able to get in return. This list should also work as a "Rest of Season" Rankings.
|DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL||35||38||Terrance Williams, WR, DAL||17||19||Ryan Mathews, RB, SD||9||10|
|Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||35||37||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU||17||19||Knile Davis, RB, KC||9||10|
|Antonio Brown, WR, PIT||34||38||Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND||17||19||Khiry Robinson, RB, NO||9||10|
|Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||34||37||Philip Rivers, QB, SD||17||17||Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN||9||10|
|Julio Jones, WR, ATL||33||38||Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI||16||19||Ben Tate, RB, CLE||9||10|
|Jordy Nelson, WR, GB||32||36||Andre Johnson, WR, HOU||16||19||Seahawks DST||9||9|
|A.J. Green, WR, CIN||32||36||Vincent Jackson, WR, TB||16||18||Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL||9||9|
|Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT||32||35||Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF||16||18||Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||9||9|
|Jimmy Graham, TE, NO||31||35||Frank Gore, RB, SF||16||17||Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE||8||10|
|Dez Bryant, WR, DAL||31||35||Russell Wilson, QB, SEA||16||16||Jason Witten, TE, DAL||8||10|
|Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||31||34||Nick Foles, QB, PHI||16||16||Dwayne Allen, TE, IND||8||10|
|Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN||31||34||Larry Donnell, TE, NYG||15||18||Torrey Smith, WR, BAL||8||9|
|Matt Forte, RB, CHI||31||33||Joique Bell, RB, DET||15||16||Terrance West, RB, CLE||8||9|
|Eddie Lacy, RB, GB||30||32||Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||14||17||Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA||8||9|
|Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN||29||33||Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||14||16||Donald Brown, RB, SD||8||9|
|Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI||29||33||Reggie Bush, RB, DET||14||16||Carlos Hyde, RB, SF||8||9|
|Julius Thomas, TE, DEN||29||32||Lamar Miller, RB, MIA||14||16||Anquan Boldin, WR, SF||8||9|
|LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI||29||31||Doug Martin, RB, TB||14||16||Mark Ingram, RB, NO||8||8|
|Randall Cobb, WR, GB||28||32||DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS||14||16||Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE||8||8|
|Peyton Manning, QB, DEN||27||27||Eli Manning, QB, NYG||14||14||Pierre Thomas, RB, NO||7||9|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB||27||27||Wes Welker, WR, DEN||13||16||Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT||7||9|
|Andrew Luck, QB, IND||26||26||Eric Decker, WR, NYJ||13||16||Heath Miller, TE, PIT||7||9|
|Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN||24||27||Marques Colston, WR, NO||13||15||Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND||7||9|
|Michael Crabtree, WR, SF||23||26||C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF||13||15||Eddie Royal, WR, SD||7||9|
|Drew Brees, QB, NO||23||23||Antonio Gates, TE, SD||13||15||Allen Robinson, WR, JAC||7||9|
|Alfred Morris, RB, WAS||23||23||Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF||13||13||Steven Jackson, RB, ATL||7||8|
|Victor Cruz, WR, NYG||22||25||Vernon Davis, TE, SF||12||14||Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN||7||8|
|Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||22||22||Travis Kelce, TE, KC||12||14||Carson Palmer, QB, ARI||7||7|
|Montee Ball, RB, DEN||21||24||T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND||12||14||Andy Dalton, QB, CIN||7||7|
|Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI||21||24||Golden Tate, WR, DET||12||14||Alex Smith, QB, KC||7||7|
|Arian Foster, RB, HOU||21||24||Brandin Cooks, WR, NO||12||14||Kendall Wright, WR, TEN||6||9|
|Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI||21||24||Stevan Ridley, RB, NE||12||12||Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE||6||9|
|Matthew Stafford, QB, DET||21||21||Matt Asiata, RB, MIN||12||12||Malcom Floyd, WR, SD||6||8|
|Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG||20||23||Rueben Randle, WR, NYG||11||13||Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI||6||8|
|Michael Floyd, WR, ARI||20||23||Greg Olsen, TE, CAR||11||13||John Brown, WR, ARI||6||8|
|Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR||20||23||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN||11||13||Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC||6||8|
|Jay Cutler, QB, CHI||20||20||Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ||11||11||Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||6||8|
|Julian Edelman, WR, NE||19||23||Cam Newton, QB, CAR||11||11||Owen Daniels, TE, BAL||6||7|
|Mike Wallace, WR, MIA||19||22||Zach Ertz, TE, PHI||10||12||Niles Paul, TE, WAS||6||7|
|Keenan Allen, WR, SD||19||22||Shane Vereen, RB, NE||10||12||Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN||6||7|
|Roddy White, WR, ATL||18||21||Fred Jackson, RB, BUF||10||12||Eric Ebron, TE, DET||6||7|
|Steve Smith, WR, BAL||18||20||Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN||10||11||Tom Brady, QB, NE||6||6|
|Percy Harvin, WR, SEA||18||20||Josh Gordon, WR, CLE||9||12||Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC||6||6|
|Andre Ellington, RB, ARI||18||20||Brian Quick, WR, STL||9||12||Darren McFadden, RB, OAK||5||6|
|Tony Romo, QB, DAL||18||18||Justin Forsett, RB, BAL||9||11||Bobby Rainey, RB, TB||5||6|
|Reggie Wayne, WR, IND||17||20||Delanie Walker, TE, TEN||9||11||Shonn Greene, RB, TEN||5||5|
|Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS||17||20||Darren Sproles, RB, PHI||9||11||Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL||5||5|
|Zac Stacy, RB, STL||17||19||Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ||9||11||Alfred Blue, RB, HOU||5||5|