- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
It's the end of the week, which means it's time for another installment of Rumor Central's "Friday Fantasy Checkdown," where I take a look at a number of rumors and how they will affect your fantasy football teams.
Most leagues are entering the first-round of their playoffs, so all roster decisions are paramount this weekend. There aren't many fantasy teams out there with an RB corp deep enough to consider benching LeSean McCoy, but none of his owners can be thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles are facing the Detroit Lions' impressive rush defense. They rank third in rushing yards allowed per game (82.7), fourth in yards per attempt (3.7), and only three teams have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns (5).
However, Shady isn't a traditional ground-and-pound running back. He's quite adept at catching passes out of the backfield in coach Chip Kelly's versatile offense. That should benefit his fantasy potential versus the Lions, a team which ranks in the bottom third in receiving yards allowed to opposing running backs (6.0 per catch) this season. Plus, only the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys have allowed more RB receiving touchdowns than the Lions (4).
In other words, even though McCoy doesn't have an ideal matchup, fantasy owners shouldn't get cute and stick someone else into their lineups in his place. The Eagles O is potent and Kelly will find a way to keep Shady productive versus the Lions.
Here are some other fantasy-relevant notes and thoughts:
Ladarius Green is supposed to be Antonio Gates' long-term replacement, but the pair were on the field for nearly every play last week, as the San Diego Chargers turned to 2-TE sets. If he looks good against a vulnerable New York Giants D this weekend, he could be an excellent plug-in for Week 15 against the Broncos, which have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.