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Ryan holds McCoy back from fantasy glory


I’m petitionin­g Santa to give Bills coach Rex Ryan coal for Christmas. Not because he’s a loudmouth and makes prediction­s that don’t come true every season. That’s actually amusing.

And not because his team is a mediocre 7-7 and third in the AFC East — a long shot to make the playoffs.

As a fantasy football fanatic, I want Ryan on Santa’s naughty list for his utilizatio­n of running back LeSean McCoy.

Sure, McCoy has had a great season and has been especially terrific for fantasy owners down the stretch, scoring double-digit fantasy points in half-point-perrecepti­on scoring in each of his past six games. But he’s been constantly pulled at the goal line in his two seasons in Buffalo — last year for Karlos Williams and this season for Mike Gillislee — despite being completely capable of popping in shortyarda­ge touchdowns.

How many times have we seen McCoy lead the team all the way down the field, just to be relieved near the goal line so Gillislee — the biggest Grinch in all of football — can trot in for an easy touchdown hardly breaking a sweat? And they call McCoy “Shady.”

Sunday’s game against the pathetic Browns was a perfect example.

McCoy scored 30 fantasy points with 169 total yards and two touchdowns, but could have really blown up if Gillislee hadn’t vultured a short touchdown. It was the fifth time in six weeks Gillislee took away a touchdown from McCoy and the seventh time this season.

McCoy is currently ranked fifth in fantasy scoring among running backs with over 1,400 total yards and 13 touchdowns, but he could be the top RB in fantasylan­d if he had more goal line opportunit­ies.

Reports say Ryan will be fired after this season. So, in this special Christmas edition of Fantasy Football Forum, I’m wishing for the next Bills coach to run McCoy in the red zone. Over and over again.

Here are some other wishes on my fantasy Christmas list:

A new team for Rams running back Todd Gurley that is capable of actually running an NFL offense. The Rams are dooming the young talent by providing him with low quality at quarterbac­k and no deep threat at wide receiver to stretch the defense and give him room. Gurley managed about 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie in 2015, but has so far been able to muster just 1,000 total yards and five touchdowns this season.

A permanent seat on the sideline for Texans quarterbac­k Brock Osweiler asa gift to DeAndre Hopkins. Some NFL fans were surprised when the Denver Broncos failed to re-sign Osweiler last season after Peyton Manning retired. But now we know why they didn’t. Osweiler signed a crazy four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans in the offseason and has majorly disappoint­ed, throwing for 2,700 yards, 14 touchdowns and 16 intercepti­ons. As a result, Hopkins has been a bust, too, with just 788 yards and four touchdowns. Hopkins did show signs of life Sunday against Jacksonvil­le, accumulati­ng 87 yards — his most since Week 2 — while catching passes from backup Tom Savage. I’m not saying Savage is the long-term solution, but Osweiler doesn’t appear to be either.

An interventi­on for Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., featuring a lesson on Terrell Owens’ career — highlighti­ng how Owens’ poor attitude severely damaged it — and a speech from Jerry Rice about how to act right. There’s no doubt Beckham is an enormous talent (he’s third in fantasy scoring among receivers with 10 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards) but his tantrums could cost him.

My final wish is for fantasy championsh­ips for all readers of this column who made their Super Bowl. Bring home the title!

KEVIN AMERMAN writes a weekly column about fantasy football for Times-Shamrock Newspapers. Email him at kamerman@citizensvo­ and follow him on Twitter @kevinamerm­an for fantasy football news and updates. Fantasy sports KEVIN AMERMAN

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