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Saturday, November 8, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: EDDIE LACY RB GREEN BAY PACKERS

                                            Eddie Lacy

Every year we see running backs that get taken in Round 1 of fantasy football drafts go belly up and turned into gigantic busts that ruin the rosters of the owners who took them.  A year ago Doug Martin went down this ugly road, as did C.J. Spiller.  2014 has been no different as Montee Ball went belly up early on with terrible play and than a groin injury that still has him out.  Possibly joining him on this unfortunate list could be Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy who went as high as the fifth pick overall in drafts.  As the Packers get set to face a weak Chicago Bears defense, Lacy has a lot of work to do to earn back even some of his August draft value.  After rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 big touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, Lacy was expected to even better those totals.  However in Lacy's first eight games of the season, he has rushed for 100 yards or more yards only once (105 in Week 5 versus Minnesota) and overall he is down 10 yards rushing per game which is a decent-sized number.  What is interesting is that Lacy is averaging the same 4.1 yards per carry he did last season but for whatever reason the explosive runs have not been there in abundance like we saw a year ago.  The one positive is that Lacy has been more involved in the passing game, having come off an 8-catch game against the New Orleans Saints and bringing a total of 21 receptions against the Bears. 

When you put it all together, Eddie Lacy has been somewhat of a disappointment overall with his numbers, having only hit the end zone four times halfway through the season and with his yards per game down.  Lacy has gotten more in tune with the offense lately however and we hedge on the side thinking that a big second half is in store for the former Alabama star.  If you could do so, try and acquire Lacy in a buy-low scenario if his owner is jittery about his current state of numbers.  Fully healthy as of this writing, Lacy is still a good bet to make good on his first round value.

 

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