LeSean McCoy is on his way to Buffalo after the Bills and Philadelphia Eagles completed a deal that will send linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia in exchange for the running back. The deal will reunite Alonso with his former college coach, Chip Kelly.
Filed to ESPN: Bills have notified LB Kiko Alonso he is going to be traded to Philadelphia for RB LeSean McCoy. Trade official next week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2015
From an NFL perspective, both sides seemed to do well in this trade. The Eagles land much needed help at inside linebacker while saving ten million dollars against the cap. Coach Kelly and the Eagles feel confident in their ability to plug in other players in McCoy‘s vacated role and see production. The Bills land an elite running back that should see a nice workload. Rex Ryan leans heavily on a running game and defense to win games. McCoy should be able to provide the rush attack Ryan covets.
That said, fantasy owners are less worried about what a trade means for the teams involved and more concerned how it affects their fantasy teams. McCoy saw back to back 300 plus carry seasons under Kelly. He also averaged 35 catches in that stretch. Both of these totals should continue in Buffalo. Not only does the Bills head coach utilize the rush attack, but new offensive coordinator Greg Roman made his mark in San Francisco with the rush attack. McCoy could run many of the same plays Frank Gore ran with the 49ers. McCoy will only be turning 27 when the season starts.
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Behind McCoy will be Fred Jackson, but will likely not provide the same fantasy goodness as in previous seasons. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon fill out the running back depth chart and are still on the roster as of now. That could change as the season approaches.
For the upcoming fantasy season, McCoy is no longer in the top two or three discussion, like in past seasons. However, he will likely still be in the top 10 for me at running back heading into drafts. He will be in the back end of the top 10. Its safe to expect McCoy to produce 1,100 plus rushing yard and close to 10 total touchdowns.
As for the Eagles backfield, it will likely be a running back by committee. Darren Sproles should see most of the third down work as well as spot carries. Chris Polk has the potential to take the reigns as the feature back. He has the skill set to produce in Philadelphia.
The Eagles could and probably should add a running back or two in free agency or the draft. Depending on Eagles view on Polk, the potential to get lost in the shuffle is a real proposition. They ideally have a plan, when moving on from a running back of McCoy’s caliber. Only time will tell what may happen in Philadelphia.