Assessing Zac Stacy's Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value After Week 6
Zac Stacy has enjoyed a decent two-game stint as the lead back with the St. Louis Rams, but he is not a player who should be traded for or highly valued in the fantasy realm.
There is nothing to suggest the rookie out of Vanderbilt has become a lock for the starting lineup, but unless he suffers a rash of fumbles or other gaffes, he should be viewed as a consistent producer and decent flex option.
In a 38-13 win over the Texans on Sunday, Stacy went for 79 yards on 18 carries. He also added two catches for 11 yards.
His grasp on the starting spot can be measured by the fact that no other Rams player had more than three carries in that game.
This came a week after he went for 78 yards on 14 carries as his Rams beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-20.
For his two starts, the fifth-round pick has a nice average of 4.9 yards per carry, and he is getting his yards in consistent chunks. His long carry on the season is just 18 yards.
However, he has yet to find the end zone.
While his amount of work, his production and the Rams' improved offensive play suggests Stacy's touchdowns will increase, it is not as simple as that. The Rams have scored 72 combined points over their last two games, but they have come against two reeling teams.
Prior to that stretch, the Rams had lost three straight.
The Rams' offense will continue to have its share of struggles, and so will the team. St. Louis will not be playing with the lead as much as it has been, and that will lead to fewer points and fewer carries.
Also, the Rams will be facing a steady diet of better rush defenses. The Jaguars are 32nd in rushing defense and the Texans 25th.
Now take a look at the remaining schedule for St. Louis:
|Week||Opponent||Rush Defense Rank|
|7||at Carolina Panthers||4|
|10||at Indianapolis Colts||30|
|13||at San Francisco 49ers||19|
|14||at Arizona Cardinals||5|
|15||New Orleans Saints||20|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13|
|17||at Seattle Seahawks||11|
As a lead back, Stacy has fantasy value, and he is definitely worth a roster spot. However, let's not get carried away with his potential. He isn't going to be a fantasy workhorse.
His best value to owners at this point is to try and find someone who thinks Stacy's production is going to increase and work a trade.
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