Fantasy Football Week 11: Be Patient With Eddie Lacy

By Dan Freeman
Eddie Lacy
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Just as Eddie Lacy was heating up in a big way, things took an unfortunate turn for the Green Bay Packers‘ offense. Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone a couple of weeks ago and then his backup, Seneca Wallace, hurt his groin badly last week and has been placed on IR. Third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien will now be under center for the Packers in the interim, downgrading the fantasy value of their entire offense.

Lacy was on fire before Rodgers went down, leading the league in rushing from Week 5 through Week 9 with 545 yards in that span. He’s been a true workhorse, registering at least 22 carries in his last six games. His progress has to be stunted momentarily, however, because defenses will now be making him their top priority until Rodgers comes back. Nobody is going to feel too threatened by the inexperienced Tolzien, so the Packers’ passing game won’t be getting much respect for now. It’s hardly a secret that the Pack will try to feed Lacy as much as possible so the box will be heavily stacked against him for the time being. We saw the Philadelphia Eagles do it successfully last Sunday and we’ll see the New York Giants do the same thing this week.

It’s important to look beyond the numbers when it comes to fantasy football, so Lacy’s owners need to read the situation properly here. His mediocre total last week is by no means indicative of an end to a fluky stretch. Lacy is the real deal and he’ll get back to killing it as soon as Rodgers returns, which will likely be sometime in the next two weeks.

If you own Lacy, don’t let someone else in your pool trick you into thinking his value is lower than it is, especially if he has a bad game against the Giants. His schedule down the stretch, including the fantasy playoffs, couldn’t be any more favorable, so just deal with the hiccup until Rodgers gets back and ride “Fat Eddie” to a championship when he does.

Dan Freeman is a Fantasy football writer for Follow him on Twitter @DanFreeman88.

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