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Rookie Running Back Preview – Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy is the latest horse to come out of the Alabama stable that has recently given us Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (No. 62 overall), Lacy slipped in the draft due to injury concerns, as well as concerns he might not have the passion to play pro football. For a guy nearly 6-feet tall, weighing about 230 pounds, Lacy is quick and nimble. He should bring a more balanced attack to the Green Bay offense.

My concerns with Lacy are threefold:

1 – His team’s offensive scheme will focus on the quarterback, not the running back.

2 – Green Bay also selected a second very good back in Johnathan Franklin, from UCLA, almost ensuring Lacy of being a two-down back.

3 – One of the injuries was a turf toe injury, which also has bogged down Mark Ingram for a stretch. Those injuries seem to be very nagging for running backs.

I would advocate drafting Lacy in both redrafts and dynasty rookie drafts, as long as you handcuff Franklin to him for insurance purposes. He should be grabbed in the first round of dynasty rookie drafts. In redraft leagues, Lacy should be seen as a RB2, with hopes of greater results if he stays healthy and remains at the top of the depth chart. Most of the time running backs in Green Bay (if competent, healthy, and skilled) can produce decent stats since defenses are focused on shutting down Aaron Rodgers.

In the end, the Packers offense will be more balanced, which will benefit all players involved by keeping defenses more honest. Lacy will hopefully (regards to John Kuhn) be the beneficiary of the goal line carries, which guarantee him respectable fantasy value thanks to his size and role in this high-powered offense.

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