2013 Fantasy Football Rookie Profile: Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy

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Of all the rookies to come into the NFL during the 2013 fantasy football season, RB Eddie Lacy seems to be walking into the best situation.

The Green Bay Packers selected the former Alabama running back in the second round, 61st overall to instantly fill a hole in one of the most unproductive run attacks in the NFL.

Green Bay finished 20th in the league last year in rushing and averaged a meager 106.4 yards on the ground per game. The team hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher in 43 straight contests, and the lack of a running game has quickly become the team’s Achilles heel. Needless to say, the team addressed their biggest need in the first round.

Lacy has an outstanding downhill running ability that could thrive behind the zone-blocking in Green Bay. Lacy weighs in at a massive 231 pounds and will be dangerous running the ball inside the twenties. Lacy may not have the outside speed of some of the other backs in the game, but the team didn’t draft him to run outside. They want him to simply square his shoulders and run north-to-south.

QB Aaron Rodgers is one of the best – if not the best – quarterbacks in the game and will keep the offense scoring points all year long. The team was ranked ninth in the league in passing in 2012, so the high-flying aerial attack will only give the rookie more room to work in the backfield. Lacy will instantly become a threat to score 10-plus touchdowns simply by being featured in an offense led by the Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Lacy is even an outstanding pass-blocker and the fact that he can standup in the backfield means he will only get on the field sooner than most other rookie backs. Lacy has every chance in the world to secure the starting job in Green Bay from day one and you have to expect the team to push for that to happen.

There is no longer a reason for fantasy fans to remember the names of James Starks, Alex Green, John Kuhn, or Ryan Grant. This is now Lacy’s team; so expect him to show it in 2013.

Lacy is the fantasy back to own in Green Bay and will likely be for the next five years.

 

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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