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Bryce Brown of the Eagles is a must-have handcuff if you take LeSean McCoy.
According to his game logs on Pro-Football-Reference, Brown was little more than a change-of-pace back until late in the season. He never had more than five carries in a game and failed to score a touchdown.
Brown was given the reins against Carolina and seized the opportunity. Brown rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He made an instant impression on fantasy football players.
The next week, he followed up with another two-touchdown game against Dallas. Brown ran for 169 yards on 24 carries that night and had the feel of a late-season boost that fantasy teams wanted.
After those two games, he fell back to reality with 40 carries for 76 yards and no touchdowns in the Eagles' final four games.
Brown is still a must-have handcuff given McCoy's injury history. He missed six games last season due to a concussion. Philadelphia will have a new offense with former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly calling the plays. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Kelly called more than 600 rushing plays and fewer than 400 passing plays during any of his four seasons at Oregon.
While there will be adjustments to that ratio, McCoy can't possibly take all the carries in the offense. Brown would stand to get a high number of carries should McCoy miss time. Additionally, the Eagles will be without wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn due to season-ending knee injuries. It's likely that the Eagles will look to the ground game for their offense this season.