29-Year-Old Cornerback – Buffalo Bills
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Still a starter at cornerback for the Bills, McKelvin has some upside in deep IDP leagues....
Leodis McKelvin Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $20 million deal with Buffalo in March of 2013.
McKelvin, who suffered a fractured ankle in Week 11 and missed the rest of the season, expects to be ready for OTA practices in the spring, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said McKelvin, "I should be 100 percent probably in a month or so. By the middle of March I should be cleared. I haven't been cleared by the doctor yet for my ankle."
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Leodis McKelvin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)There was almost no chance McKelvin was coming back, but now he's officially done for the season. It's been a rough stretch for the veteran corner, who had a costly fumble in a key loss two weeks ago against the Chiefs, guaranteed victory in this past week's loss to the Dolphins, and now has an injury that won't allow him back on the field until 2015. Corey Graham will take over the starting duties opposite Stephon Gilmore.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)McKelvin suffered the injury in the first half of Thursday night's loss to the Dolphins. The Bills have not confirmed anything, but McKelvin could be headed for injured reserve, leaving Nickell Robey and Corey Graham as the most likely candidates to move into McKelvin's spot in the starting lineup.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With McKelvin ruled out shortly after halftime, the Bills will likely have Nickell Robey and Corey Graham take on extra snaps. McKelvin has been a surprisingly useful IDP this season, with 46 tackles (43 solo), four interceptions, eight passes defensed and a forced fumble in nine games before Thursday's contest. However, 13 of those tackles came in Week 1, and he has since produced between 3-6 tackles in each game. McKelvin recent gained headlines for "guaranteeing" a win in Thursday's game, which is taking place just four days after he lost a crucial fourth-quarter fumble on a punt return.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
McKelvin is expected to be the Bills' main returnman in 2013 and could fight for a starting CB spot opposite Stephon Gilmore.
The former first-rounder has been mostly a disappointment in his career, and while he seems to have had a decent offseason, youngsters like Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore seem to be passing him by. McKelvin, while technically in the mix for a starting spot, will probably have to hope to make the team as a No. 3 or No. 4 corner and work his way up from there.
The former first-rounder is in a three-way battle with Terrence McGee and Drayton Florence for two starting cornerback spots. McKelvin did have 62 total tackles, 11 passes defensed and two picks in 2010, so he's worth watching in IDP formats if he doesn't get No. 3 cornerback treatment.
McKelvin seems to be recovered from his fractured fibula last season. He's looking like the No. 2 cornerback opposite Terrence McGee, though it's worth noting the new coaching staff seems to like Drayton Florence as well. He's not much of a tackler, but he has some playmaker in him and we'd suggest at least two or three picks and possibly an active role in the return game. In his healthy rookie season (2008), McKelvin set a single-season franchise record with 1,468 kickoff return yards and his 28.2-yard average was third best in the NFL.
After a slow start, McKelvin had a good rookie season, finishing with 32 total tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions and two touchdowns. He started the last six games after Jabari Greer was injured, and will now take over as the No. 2 corner. He's also going to be one of the league's better kickoff men, as he has sheer speed, has a knack for the big burst, and plays for a team consistently at the top of the special teams rankings. The tackles should go up as he gets more defensive playing time this season, so 50-70 tackles, 2-4 picks and a return or two for a score would seem to be a good possibility.
McKelvin will battle Jabari Greer for a starting cornerback position this season. The Bills drafted McKelvin with the 11th overall pick and he should hold some IDP value if he wins the job. He definitely looks to have value a couple of years down the road, especially once you factor in his return skills.