Eddie Lacy Injury: Fantasy Advice for Owners of Green Bay Packers RB

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 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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Injuries are an unfortunate part of fantasy football, and that’s something that plenty of Eddie Lacy owners are learning the hard way in Week 3. There are some bad decisions being made in the mad scramble to hit the waiver wire and figure out which backup to use.

It’s highly recommended that you stop and read this before you panic and make a rash decision to trade the Green Bay Packers rookie running back away for peanuts or drop him to waivers.

Here are a few pointers for those of you who currently have Lacy on your roster and aren’t sure which plan of action to take.

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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Keep Lacy on the Bench

This means do not start Lacy under any circumstance, but keep the talented back on your roster. He has plenty of upside and could come back to play a major role for the Packers as early as next week.

The latest report on his health comes courtesy of Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee, who noted that the 23-year-old did not participate in Thursday’s practice due to a concussion.

Aug 17, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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At the time, head coach Mike McCarthy stated:

Lacy took a step today in the protocol, so we’ll see where he is tomorrow. The medical staff still feels like he has a good opportunity, so he has to practice tomorrow for us to be able to gauge him. We’ll see where he is tomorrow.

Expect the Packers to try and bring Lacy along as quickly as possible, as going without him would leave only James Starks and Johnathan Franklin in the backfield. Starks had a great Week 2—we’ll get to him—but Franklin hasn’t looked anything near the standout he was at UCLA.

Regardless, Lacy isn’t likely going to be 100 percent and most likely won’t get a full workload, so it’s best to stay away from him and explore these other options.


Hit the Waiver

With Lacy on your bench, it’s time to dump that excess defense, spare tight end or project running back that just didn’t pan out. If you’re still holding out hope for someone like Mark Ingram (17 carries, 31 yards) to break out, just give up.

Instead, plunge into the free-agent pile and try to fish up someone like Starks—who should be the starter and get a solid amount of carries after his excellent Week 2 showing (20 carries, 132 yards, one touchdown)—Bernard Pierce, who is filling in for the injured Ray Rice, or Jacquizz Rodgers, who should take over in Steven Jackson’s stead.

Obviously those aren’t week-to-week must-starts, but they could help you remain competitive and win a close fantasy matchup in Week 3.


Wait and See

This is the most important thing for Lacy owners to do. They shouldn’t sell low or get discouraged and drop him—especially not after a great season opener that saw him gain 51 yards and a score on just 15 carries.

It was a promising debut, and Lacy’s career is just taking off, so make sure you keep him on the roster for at least a few more weeks while he sorts this concussion issue out.

Lacy is worth waiting at least three weeks to get back up to full strength and contributing to your squad in most leagues, and he is certainly worth stashing in deeper formats.

If he’s making plays and putting up big points come the end of the regular season, fantasy owners will be jumping for joy that they stuck with him. It’s a bit of a gamble but well worth the risk at this juncture in the year.