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Previewing LeSean McCoy for Super Bowl DFS

Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy has been on the outs in recent weeks in Kansas City. We break down his performance to date, his DraftKings and FanDuel salaries, and what to expect for Super Bowl 54.

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy runs the ball as Oakland Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers square off in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, February 2nd. We’ll be breaking down everything you need to know to prepare your daily fantasy football lineups on DraftKings for the big game. We’re starting with a player-by-player preview for the skill position players on the two teams.

LeSean McCoy is one of the most accomplished active NFL running backs, making the Pro Bowl six times and being named First Team All-Pro twice throughout his 11-year career. Now on the wrong side of age 30, McCoy is not the same player he once was, and his rushing efficiency suffered badly in 2018 behind a poor Bills offensive line. McCoy rebounded well in a limited role with the Chiefs during the regular season, but he is not trending in a good direction heading into the Super Bowl.

DFS Super Bowl price

DraftKings Captain: $2,100
DraftKings Flex: $1,400
FanDuel: $6,000

DFS opponent position ranking

DraftKings: 3rd
FanDuel: 3rd

Season performance

McCoy began 2019 with the Buffalo Bills, but was released shortly before the regular season started and signed with Kansas City as a free agent, re-uniting with his former coach Andy Reid. McCoy started nine games for the Chiefs as part of a timeshare at RB. McCoy peaked at a 49% snap rate in Week 6 and generally played on about a third of Kansas City’s offensive plays. McCoy averaged about 10 touches per game and was efficient running the ball, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, better than the league average of 4.4.

Playoff performance

With Chiefs RB Damien Williams emerging out of the backfield in the postseason, McCoy’s playoff playing time took a nosedive. McCoy played just one snap in the Chiefs’ divisional round win over the Texans and was inactive in the AFC Championship Game vs. the Titans, although an illness played a role in McCoy being inactive. McCoy has logged zero touches this postseason.


The Chiefs have a matchup against an elite 49ers defense that was tough against running backs. The 49ers limited RBs to the eighth fewest rushing yards and third fewest DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP). San Francisco allowed only seven rushing TDs all season, fourth fewest, and allowed no TD catches to running backs. The 49ers’ defense is also healthy after battling injuries earlier in the year to several players, including Dee Ford. This is not a great matchup for Chiefs running backs.

DFS pricing and analysis

With McCoy’s playing time tanking recently, his fantasy value is not looking good heading into the Super Bowl. It’s possible that coach Andy Reid could elect to deploy the veteran in a limited role, as McCoy’s experience could make him an asset in certain spots. However, unless we hear a more definitive statement from the Chiefs about McCoy’s upcoming role, he’s best avoided on DraftKings for Super Bowl Sunday.

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