Through three weeks of the 2014 NFL season, Green Bay Packers starting running back Eddie Lacy is the 51st ranked running back in standard fantasy football leagues with a total of 16.1 fantasy points. That puts him behind players such as Robert Turbin, Joe McKnight, Antone Smith, etc. You get the point. Fantasy owners aren’t the only people disappointed in Lacy’s performance as of late. Head Coach Mike McCarthy came out and blatantly said that Lacy needs to play better.
The Packers schedule up to this point has been at Seattle, against the New York Jets at home and at Detroit. All three teams boast elite run defenses, ranked inside the top 5, surrendering less than 73 yards per game to opponents on the ground. This is not an excuse for a top-8 fantasy pick to average 5.3 points per game, but it does mean that there are certainly brighter pastures ahead for the number 7 ranked running back from 2013.
The Packers next 4 games all include opponents ranked in the bottom half of the NFL’s run defense. Lacy should perform much better than he has up to this point and is the ultimate buy-low fantasy player. Lacy should still be viewed as an RB1 going forward so start him with confidence as the Packers face off against much less dominant defenses in the near future. Lacy’s return to dominance could start as soon as this week, when the Pack takes on the division rival Bears in Chicago.