You have got to be kidding me…
I swear, every time you have a rookie running back cemented as the top rookie in fantasy, something happens. During Sunday’s game against the Redskins, Alabama product Eddie Lacy took a vicious, illegal blow to the head from safety Brandon Meriweather. The hit caused Lacy to look very dazed and out of place. There was no penalty called on the play, but many feel as if there should have been. If you see the hit later on today, I’m pretty sure we will all agree that Meriweather will see his wallet become a bit lighter next week. Lacy went straight to the locker room and it was announced that he would not return to the contest.
From a fantasy perspective, it’ll be very difficult to figure out when Lacy could suit up again because concussions are such a gray area in sports, but especially football. It looked like a very scary hit, as Meriweather drove his helmet into Lacy’s head. James Starks, meanwhile, came in and handled most of the rushing duties for the Packers, while rookie Johnathan Franklin, who struggled in all areas during the preseason, remained on the sidelines. Of course, if Lacy is forced to miss an extended period of time, I’d assume that Starks would benefit the most, but I still wouldn’t suggest adding him unless you are in a deeper league. The Packers were already a pass-heavy organization, and if their rookie investment can’t suit up, I’d only imagine they’d look to pass the ball with Aaron Rodgers even more. Hopefully, for both the Packers and for fantasy football, Lacy heals up quickly. He has a bright future and could very well be the best back this unit has had in a long time.
Keep monitoring this situation throughout the week.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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