McCoy rushed 26 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns while catching his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 41-10 blowout win over the Jets.
The game script finally favored McCoy, as the entire Bills offense came alive under the direction of Matt Barkley. McCoy capped a two-play opening drive with a 28-yard rushing score and backed his way into the end zone from one yard out in the second quarter. Owners hoping this is the beginning of a late-season scoring outburst will have to wait to find out, as Buffalo's on bye in Week 11.
According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, McCoy's 41 percent snap share was his lowest mark in any game in which he's exited a contest with his health intact. Considering the Bills were facing a 28-0 deficit at halftime, it's not too surprising McCoy's workload was limited, as Marcus Murphy handled most of the snaps in garbage time when top backup Chris Ivory (shoulder) was pulled in the fourth quarter. McCoy seems to have moved past the cracked rib cartilage that sidelined in Week 3 as well as the concussion that threatened his status for Week 8, but the Bills' porous offensive line and anemic quarterback play have been significant drags on his fantasy value. The 30-year-old has managed just 24 yards on 24 carries over the last three games, plunging his season yards-per-carry average to a career-worst 3.1
McCoy rushed 10 times for 10 yards and caught all four of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Bears.
McCoy remains the most talented player on Buffalo's offense, but no member of the group can be trusted in fantasy, especially with interception machine Nathan Peterman under center. The veteran running back has been bottled up on the ground of late, with 24 yards on 24 carries in his past three appearances. McCoy's still looking for his first touchdown of the season ahead of a Week 10 meeting with the Jets.
General manager Brandon Beane told Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News that McCoy is "definitely" part of the Bills' 2019 plans. "LeSean is still a very good player in this league. Our offense is not where we want it, but LeSean is still playing well," Beane said. "He's a talented player. We like what he brings, to the point we'll have him back in 2019."
McCoy is averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry and has yet to score a touchdown this season, but the Bills believe the six-time Pro Bowler is still a viable lead back even though he's now on the wrong side of 30 years old. Given his place on the aging curve along with the 2-6 Bills' status as a non-contender, there was some thought the team might exploring trading McCoy prior to Tuesday's deadline, but no advanced talks emerged despite several teams expressing interest, per Jeff Darlington of ESPN. The Bills could more seriously entertaining moving McCoy -- who will carry a $9 million cap hit in 2019, the final year of his contract -- if they remain firmly out of the mix for a playoff spot at the same point next season.
Coach Sean McDermott stated Tuesday that the Bills did not make any deals on the NFL's deadline day, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. McCoy and receiver Kelvin Benjamin had been possible trade targets.
McCoy owners would have probably been happier with almost any other team but the Bills, as the shifty star simply can't find much room to run this season. At the halfway point, McCoy has just 257 rushing yards and 167 receiving yards, and surprisingly hasn't found the end zone yet through either path after scoring eight touchdowns last season and 14 the season prior.
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