How Are We Approaching the Kansas City Backfield?

Every Damien Williams owner shuddered this weekend hearing the news that LeSean McCoy would be reuniting with Andy Reid in Kansas City. It’s unclear how this situation will shake out, but the values of Williams, McCoy and Darwin Thompson have undoubtedly shifted. Our experts discuss how to draft these players, and how to respond to the news for those who have already drafted.

How are we approaching the Kansas City backfield?

JSURab: If I wanted a piece of this backfield in best ball drafts, I would stay away from Damian Williams in the third round and draft LeSean McCoy later. If I already have Williams on my team in season-long leagues, I would be trying to trade for McCoy to handcuff this backfield because Andy Reid’s running backs are very valuable.

STLCards: None of us know what Andy Reid is going to do. We can guess, but we won’t know for sure until we see how the first couple weeks play out. Williams will almost assuredly fall a few rounds, and I wouldn’t touch him in leagues that have yet to draft. McCoy makes sense as a late-round flier, but he will likely be over-drafted now. The only real back I would be interested in would be Darwin Thompson at the tail end of a draft. He’s talented, and it’s not like McCoy is a great bet to stay healthy in his 11th NFL season. If both Williams and McCoy get hurt, Thompson could still end up being a steal.

Beermakersfan: I still love attacking this backfield in best ball formats because you will get some huge spike weeks from all of these guys, but I tend to shoot for the cheaper options in a situation like this. Williams is no longer worth the second/third round price we were paying and is an easy pass for me at this point. If I can get a nice discount on McCoy in the ninth/10th round area I’ll take it, and Thompson in the double-digit rounds will be my main target here.

JoshADHD: If you don’t have any pieces at this time, draft the cheapest player (Thompson) and move forward. Otherwise, for those that already have Williams, I would only take McCoy at the right price (10th round or later).

To find more Best Ball advice and analysis from our experts, check out the Expert Survey: Picks Edition, Expert Survey: Strategy Edition and the Expert Survey: Preseason News Edition.

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