Fantasy Football: Can You Trust LeSean McCoy in Week 17?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles avoids a tackle by Lorenzo Alexander #97 of the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made a triumphant return in Week 16. No, his team did not win, but he was a nice option for fantasy football players—particularly, those that play in points per reception (PPR) leagues. Can you trust him in Week 17 against the New York Giants?

Most fantasy leagues have already wrapped up. If your league is still going, McCoy is a solid option in Week 17.

McCoy had just 13 carries against the Washington Redskins and rushed for 45 yards. The Eagles were forced to throw the ball 48 times, as they were playing from behind a good portion of the game. That is where McCoy did his damage.

McCoy was targeted 11 times in the pass game. He was able to catch nine passes for 77 yards. His 122 total yards were a solid total. The nine catches really made PPR owners happy.

His owners were also happy that former flavor of the month Bryce Brown only had four touches in the game. After two big games, Brown was quiet the next two. He hardly had a presence in this one, as he ran for 18 yards.

McCoy and the Eagles aren't going to be a playoff factor, but they will take joy in going after the rival Giants. The G-Men are in the bottom half in run defense. McCoy shredded them for 123 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards back in Week 4. McCoy's concussion soured his 2012 season, but he could finish on a strong note with two straight big performances against NFC East rivals.

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