The 2016 Fantasy Football season is close and owners are beginning to research their draft strategies. Finding a perfect balance at the top of the draft between snagging running backs, a quarterback, and some of the top wide receivers is extremely difficult. That being said, there are some players that will fall in the draft this year due to their struggles last season.
Eddie Lacy looks to be one of those players, but owners must target him in drafts this offseason as he will become a major impact player once again this season for the Green Bay Packers.
Last season was a rough year for Lacy, as his weight became a major issue. He ended the season with 758 yards and three touchdowns on 187 carries. Those numbers were nothing close to the expectations and head coach Mike McCarthy made it clear to Lacy that he needed to get in shape this season or risk being cut.
While those concerns may scare some fantasy football owners away, Lacy has been working hard to get his act together this offseason. He has been working with P90X owner Tony Horton all offseason long and the latest pictures of him show that Lacy has taken the weight issue seriously.
At just 26 years old, Lacy still has plenty of football left to play in his prime. His first two NFL seasons were excellent, rushing for over 1,000 yards easily. He also totaled 20 touchdowns in his first two seasons combined, which is impressive compared to the three that he scored last season.
Green Bay is expected to be one of the top teams in the NFL once again this season. They still have the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers and they are fully healthy once again. Establishing the ground game will be crucial in getting Rodgers back on track, which is why Lacy is even more important.
Looking ahead at potential fantasy football drafts, Lacy could go as late as the seventh or eighth round.
Depending on how other owners draft, there are a lot of running backs ahead of Lacy that are projected to have bigger seasons. If you are searching for a running back in the fifth or sixth round, do not shy away from Lacy.
McCarthy will continue pounding the football on the ground, as he has done throughout his entire career. That means that Lacy will continue getting the 15-20 carries per game that he has gotten during his career with the Packers thus far. Assuming Lacy gets his weight under control, there is no reason why he can’t get back to being a 1,000-yard back.
It will be a very intriguing season this year to be a fantasy football owner. The game has been getting more serious in recent years and there are a lot of players who are question marks this season. Picking players like Lacy and others who struggled last season but have had a history of being quality players could make the difference.
Outside of Lacy, the Packers don’t have much at the running back position. James Starks will steal some time throughout the season like he has the last couple of years, but Lacy is still the only back capable of being an every down player.
Expect to see Eddie Lacy bounce back with a huge season for the Green Bay Packers in 2016. If you’re looking for a sleeper pick that could turn out to be one of the stars of your team, Lacy is the guy to target. Green Bay is desperate to get their ground game going again, which means that Lacy will have every opportunity to produce big numbers for your fantasy football team.
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