Eddie Lacy's Injury Means Fantasy Owners Must Look Elsewhere for Week 3

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers  carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The upside on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy isn't great enough for fantasy owners to play the wait-and-see game for Week 3. 

It's best just to plan a lineup that doesn't involve the rookie, who has been sidelined from practice this week after a Week 2 concussion. 

Return dates from concussions are always a speculative game. However, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has enough information to sound somewhat hopeful regarding Lacy's chances of playing on Sunday when the Packers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. 

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, McCarthy said of Lacy: "The medical staff still feels like he has a good opportunity (to play).”

McCarthy went onto add that Lacy would have to practice on Friday to have a chance to play on Sunday.

As for Lacy practicing on Friday, McCarthy has little control over that. Lacy will have to pass the concussion protocol before he can get back on the field. 

So, I'm not going to sit here and comment on his chances of playing. I have no idea. What I'm saying is that this should not be worried about. 

So far this season, the Alabama rookie has just 15 carries for 51 yards and one touchdown. He's also made one catch off of two targets and 31 receiving yards. 

Fantasy owners certainly hoped for more from Lacy. The talented youngster brought the promise of adding balance to Green Bay's prolific passing offense. 

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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However, that's been slow to develop. In Week 1, Lacy piled up 41 yards on 14 carries. Then he was knocked from action early in Week 2. In his stead, James Starks ran for 132 yards on 20 carries. 

Now, it has to be mentioned that Starks did his damage against an anemic Redskins' defense, while Lacy was going against the tough front of the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. 

In other words, these numbers are not reason to give up on Lacy for the season. However, it is a good indication of what's to come in terms of matchups. 

The Packers' offensive line is going to struggle against strong defensive fronts this season. This is going to make life difficult for whoever is running the ball in Green Bay.

The Bengals, led by defensive tackle Geno Atkins, have a strong defensive front. 

The Bengals have allowed just 62.5 rushing yards per game this season and neither of their opponents (Bears and Steelers) have averaged over 2.9 yards per carry. 

So, Green Bay is going to have to rely largely on the pass to beat the Bengals defense. 

Should he play, I wouldn't expect a big workload for Lacy, and I certainly wouldn't expect big production.