The Green Bay Packers may have found their running back for years to come in rookie Eddie Lacy. The first-year back out of Alabama has been a workhorse in the Packers’ backfield and is making a solid case for being the offensive rookie of the year. What does this translate in terms of your fantasy football team?
Well, it means he is undoubtedly worth a start. Lacy has racked up 112 carries already this season for 446 yards and three touchdowns. Those stats are good enough to give him a 4.0 yard average per carry and place him as the 14th best running back in the NFL in standard scoring leagues.
The Packers have depended on their young running back, giving him 22-plus carries in the last four weeks. What was the result of these games for the Packers? Well, it was only four wins that sent them to the top of the NFC North standings. The Packers won’t shy away from Lacy in the upcoming weeks and need to get the ball into his hands as much as possible if they want to stay on the winning path.
In Week 9 of the NFL season, Lacy and the Packers square off against divisional foe, the Chicago Bears. In past years, the Bears’ defense has been stellar, but the 2013 season tells a different tale. Against the run, the Bears are the sixth-worst rush defense and have allowed five rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks.
Also needing to be mentioned is the fact that Lacy has rushed for a first down in six of his eight third-down attempts. That seems like quite a high success rate, right? In fact, Lacy is the NFL’s highest at converting on third-down rushes with a minimum of eight attempts. The Packers have the utmost faith in Lacy to keep their drives moving, and more first downs mean more attempts for Lacy and more chances to find the end zone.
With the number of teams on bye this week that roster fantasy relevant players, Lacy is a no-brainer start. Against a porous Bears rushing defense, Lacy will have plenty of opportunities to bring some major fantasy points to your team. A back that carries the rock more than 20 times a game and averages over 4.0 yards per carry doesn’t belong anywhere but in your starting lineup.