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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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Stock up: Lesean McCoy’s fantasy value rising with weight loss, Williams’ suspension

Admittedly, I was far too low on Lesean McCoy in my initial “Stream of Gut” 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings. After an injury-riddled 2015 in which McCoy lacked the explosion and shiftiness that made him so special in Philadelphia, plus some offseason drama at night clubs and minor ankle ailments in OTAs, Shady was down as my RB16 and overall #35.   

My faith, however, has been restored. Reason #1? Weight loss.

For a back that relies on changing direction and outrunning defenders, shedding excess weight is crucial.  Moreover, this underscores that Shady recognizes 2015 was subpar on his end, and is highly motivated to show better in 2016. In speaking with Buffalobills.com, McCoy stated:

“Last year is in the past, I got a lot of injuries, which I never really do, and it kind of started in camp and it lingered on the whole year…I look at last year as being up and down as far as health goes. I lost a lot of one-on-one battles and I’m more known for that. So on my end I’ve got to do a lot better job of making plays.

But I feel fine. I’m in good shape, I feel good…The goal is to just get me healthy for the season. That’s the main thing so I can be the player that I was brought here to be…I went back to that old Rocky mentality. All the training in Arizona, going here, going there; I went back to my hometown, Harrisburg, put all the Bentleys and Rolls-Royces away and got to work. 

I’m probably 211(pounds) right now. That’s probably the lightest I’ve been since my second year in the league. I’ve got lots to prove this year, a lot of people doubting me, doubting this team, this offense. I’m big into answering a lot of doubters…The sky is the limit.”

Moreover, head coach Rex Ryan noticed the difference immediately, stating McCoy physically looked five year younger before adding, “I think he is motivated.”

A return to the form that led to some monstrous seasons in Philly is major news.  McCoy fought through an injury plagued season in 2012, where he was similarly reduced to 12 games at less than 100%. The next offseason, McCoy focused on shedding pounds and regaining his burst. The results? 2,146 total yards, 9 total TDs, and 52 catches (320 PPR points, tops in the league).

Now, those types of numbers aren’t necessarily the expectation…yet, they aren’t quite impossible either. Karlos Williams’ offseason from hell has erased any potential vulture and timeshare concerns, at least for the season’s first four weeks. McCoy, who has a 20 total TD season under his belt, performs well at the stripe and now has a shot at reclaiming this role for the 2016 season with a strong early season showing. 

If he becomes the main goal line back, McCoy would present as one of only a handful of true every down, red zone, reception machine backs in the league (David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Lamar Miller, and Le’Veon Bell profile as the only other backs in this mold). With this type of role, in Greg Roman’s historically run-heavy scheme, McCoy is slated for among the highest workloads in the league. Despite McCoy’s lackluster 2015, the Bills ranked first in rushing output and second in attempts, and Shady has a far greater chance at a much larger slice of delicious volume pie in 2016.

At the heels of his improved shape and this assured volume amidst such an unsure position, McCoy has received a major bump. He now sits as my RB9 in my “Middling RB1” tier, and has leaped up to #21 Overall in my Big Board. He makes a fantastic Round 2 RB target if you invested at wideout in Round 1. 

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