Fantasy Football Debate: Felix Jones or LeSean McCoy?

Feb 24, 2010

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Two young running backs that will be moving up the draft boards as we prepare for the 2010 season will be Felix Jones and LeSean McCoy. Jones put on a show at the end of the year for the Cowboys leading to the speculation that he’ll be the primary ball carrier in Big D next year. Meanwhile, the Eagles cut ties with Brian Westbrook, which eliminates any doubt as to who will be toting the rock in Philly next year. The question is, given the choice, which RB would you rather have.

It’s hard to deny that Felix Jones is the more explosive back of the two. He has speed for days and has the ability to break one each and every time he touches the ball. He averaged with 5.9 yard per carry during the regular season and jumped that up to 7.2 ypc during the playoffs. I’d like to see him more involved in the passing game as he had just 19 receptions during the regular season and 4 in the playoff games when he was playing a larger role with the offense.

LeSean McCoy didn’t exactly light things up this year despite Brian Westbrook’s absence for the bulk for the year. He had just four games with 55+ rushing yards. He did supplement his total yardage with 40 receptions for 308 receiving yards. McCoy finished with 945 total yards (637 rushing, 308 receiving), 4 TDs, and a 4.1 ypc.

Both have a ton of potential, but find themselves in situations that are far from ideal. Felix Jones, barring a trade of Tashard Choice or Marion Barber III, finds himself in a three-back rotation. Even if he is the lead back, he’s going to yield carries and red zone touches. LeSean McCoy, at least at the moment, doesn’t have any direct competition. However, he finds himself in an offense that heavily favors the pass. Both situations have become the new model of the NFL. Passing and running back by committee are here to stay.

While I would be happy with either back, I give McCoy a slight edge.

Agree? Disagree? Let your voice be heard.

Click here to see my early 2010 NFL Running Back rankings.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    February 24th, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    If I had to choose between the two I would go with McCoy simply because he doesn’t have to share the load like Jones will have to do in Dallas – there’s little chance that the Cowboys release/trade both Choice and Barber, so Jones will be sharing the load with at least one of them.

    McCoy is the man in Philly, at least for now. And – like you said, we already know that they don’t like to run the ball, but they do like to use the dump-off screen a lot like they used to do with Westbrook, and I can see McCoy adding value because of that.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 24th, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    totally agree

  3. Chad
    September 1st, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    I am going to go with Jones here, although he will share the ball, He is a very smart runner, and he lived in Dmacs shadow at Arkansas, although he was equally as good when he touched the ball, I think he has alot to prove, and the skills to do it. He has everything it takes to be an extremly dominate RB, waits for his blocks hit the hole hard, is good in open space. He is amazing.

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