UPDATE: James Palmer is reporting sources are claiming this is a pre-determined rest week and the “Chiefs want him fresh down the stretch.” For football purposes that makes sense, but for fantasy purposes, I’d still be skeptical of his value the rest of the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs made a surprising decision Sunday morning when they announced that running back LeSean McCoy is inactive for Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans. McCoy did not show up on the injury report, which suggests he is a healthy scratch for this game.
McCoy had taken over the lead back role, and looked decent at times when Damien Williams was hurt. It felt like he might maintain the role, but Williams supplanted him as starter in Week 9. Williams dominated, rushing for 125 yards on 12 carries in a 26-23 win. McCoy had three rushes for nine yards while Darrel Williams had one rush for one yard.
Williams’ domination against a solid Vikings defense suggested he would secure the starting role moving forward. The decision to deactivate a healthy McCoy indicates as much.
The question now is what it means for McCoy fantasy football owners. If you have a roster hole due to injury or bye and need space, McCoy is worth dropping. If you don’t need the roster space yet, I’d say hold off releasing McCoy until we hear more from Andy Reid following the game and into Week 11. My guess is McCoy is sufficient waiver wire fodder, but if you can afford to wait, it’s worth holding off for a day or two.