LeSean McCoy's 2013 Fantasy Outlook Following Breakout Week 1 Performance

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 9, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy seems to the settling into the new offense engineered by head coach Chip Kelly just fine.

McCoy's 20 carries for 115 yards in the first half of Monday night's road game against the Washington Redskins has him already leading the NFL in rushing:

That was the beginning of a career night for McCoy, who ran for a personal best 184 yards on 31 carries in the Eagles' 33-27 road win. Considering his workload and the effectiveness with which he performed in the first 30 minutes of the Eagles' season, his fantasy outlook is extremely promising.

McCoy had the best rushing performance in a road opener since 2000, per ESPN Stats & Info:

As recently as 2011, the superstar led the league with 17 rushing touchdowns and 20 total, but missed four games in the team's second-consecutive letdown season last year, and racked up just 820 yards rushing and five total touchdowns.

Fantasy owners shied away from "Shady" last year, but he is once again a dependable commodity. The Eagles ran the reigning NFC East division champions off their own home field, with McCoy leading the charge.

The Eagles' uptempo style allowed them to squeeze in a whopping 30 rushing attempts and 53 total plays in the opening half. ESPN Stats & Info points out how that's more plays than the Carolina Panthers ran in the entire game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday:

Kelly's innovative schemes have had Washington's defense scrambling and on its heels all night long, as FedEx Field has seemed to tilt downhill in favor of the visitors.

Backup running back Bryce Brown is extremely talented, and received six carries in the first half. However, that is behind McCoy by nearly a 4-1 ratio, and McCoy already eclipsed his average number of carries of 16 from 2012:

In a nutshell, the real McCoy of old is back anew, because that 16 number nearly doubled.

Brown finished with nine carries for only 25 yards, so he shouldn't necessarily challenge for more touches.

The presence of supremely athletic quarterback Michael Vick—who carried four times for 10 yards and a touchdown in the opening half in the nation's capital—won't hurt McCoy's production, either.

It certainly didn't hurt in McCoy's best season as a pro in 2011, when Vick ran for 589 yards and only one touchdown. This new attack likely calls for more designed runs, but given the number of hits Vick has taken in recent years, the Eagles will be doing everything possible to keep him healthy.

The league has also ruled that quarterbacks can be hit like regular ball-carriers on read-option plays. That only caters to more touches for McCoy.

On Philadelphia's first possession of the second half, that exact zone-read concept was run, and McCoy made multiple defenders miss in space and scampered for an easy 34-yard touchdown.

He's found the end zone once already, and given the nose McCoy has had for breaking the plane in the past, that total will undoubtedly continue to rise as 2013 progresses.

McCoy was already a must-start in fantasy, but with his receiving ability and the Eagles' blindingly quick pace, he could very well become the top running back in football this season.