Monday, October 14, 2013
Is Lacy now a fantasy workhorse?
By Tom Carpenter
While we await updates on the statuses of injured Green Bay Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, it's fair to wonder how the team will proceed if they are unable to play in Week 7 and beyond. If test results imply that one or both will be out for a long stretch of games, they may take a look at trade options like the New York Giants' Hakeem Nicks. However, the Packers rarely step out of their long-term plan of building from within, so it's far more likely that they will roll with the players they have already. Specifically, they should lean on the rushing attack that they have developed over the past couple of games with Eddie Lacy.
The rookie racked up 99 yards on 23 rushes in Week 5 and 120 yards on the same number of carries in Week 6. With the Packers' receiving corps riddled with injuries Sunday, they featured the run in a manner we haven't seen from them in years. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the Packers called designed runs on 59 percent of their second-half plays Sunday. That’s the second highest designed-rush percentage for the Packers in a half in the last three seasons.
Lacy hasn't scored since the first game of the season, but we should expect touchdowns to come. If he totes the rock 20-25 times per game, 100-yard performances should be a regular occurrence. Basically, fantasy owners should have him locked into their starting lineups going forward, so long as he stays healthy.