Decision time: McCoy vs. Charles
The difference between success and failure in fantasy football comes down to choices. How early should you draft a quarterback? Which
In '09, I made a fatal mistake in the middle rounds of my fantasy draft. I had my eye on a second-year running back who started the year in a timeshare but was talented enough to be a feature back. I took Dallas'
This year, fantasy owners have another pair of second-year backs to mull over: Philadelphia's
If you were on the clock, say in the second or third round, which one would you draft first?
Let's start by analyzing McCoy, who has
As a rookie in '09, McCoy split time in the backfield with Westbrook and gained 637 yards on 155 attempts with four TDs. He also grabbed 40 receptions for 308 yards. In the red zone, McCoy led the Eagles charge with 21 attempts, gaining 71 yards and three TDs. His standout game came in Week 11 at Chicago when he finished with 99 yards and a TD on 20 attempts.
Going into '10, the big question about McCoy is if he'll have to share goal-line opportunities with bigger backs such as
Another concern about McCoy is his stamina. He only played two seasons in college and he admitted to losing steam at the end of his rookie campaign. The Eagles will need his game-breaking speed all season, especially in the Wildcat formation when backup quarterback
Turning to Charles, a common comparison for him has been a poor man's C.J., referring to Tennessee's elite back
Charles now finds himself in a timeshare with veteran
Another interesting wrinkle is the addition of offensive coordinator
While McCoy and Charles have a lot in common, the deciding factor on draft day should be potential. Who has the best chance to be a top-10 running back at season's end? I'm leaning toward Charles even though he'll begin the season sharing carries. Remember, Jones is old for a running back (32) and Kansas City's woeful offensive line won't create as many inside holes for him like in New York. Instead, the Chiefs will lean on Charles' outside speed to break off huge runs.
McCoy might have a bit more upside in point-per-reception leagues due to the Eagles pass-first offense but Charles is no slouch in that department either. I also like the Chiefs rushing strength of schedule, with tasty matchups against weak defenses like Buffalo in Week 8, Oakland in Week 9 and St. Louis in Week 15. Meanwhile, the Eagles face stiff tests starting in Week 1 against Green Bay and during the crucial fantasy playoffs (Dallas in Week 14 and Minnesota in Week 16).
I'm going with Charles no matter what. Yet like any good disclaimer, I'll reiterate: the choice is ultimately yours.