Zac Stacy Likely to Play Sunday: Full Fantasy and Game Outlook

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Zac Stacy Likely to Play Sunday: Full Fantasy and Game Outlook
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St. Louis running back Zac Stacy did everything he could on Monday night to prove he deserves to be the Rams' long-term starter at the position.

Against the Seattle Seahawks and their 15th-ranked run defense (105.1 yards per game allowed), the rookie back exploded for 134 yards on the ground.

However, Stacy appeared to suffer an injury during the game. He also missed time in practice this week with the same chest injury that sidelined him for part of last week.

Injuries have been a big part of the Rams' story this season. Therefore, it is understandable if St. Louis fans and fantasy football enthusiasts are a little apprehensive about Stacy's status against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9.

Fortunately for both groups, it appears Stacy will be available Sunday against Tennessee and is likely to get the starting nod.

Assuming Stacy is indeed good to go, the Rams should be able to take advantage of his ability to move the football on the ground.

Tennessee currently ranks 24th in run defense (117.1 yards allowed per game) and has given up eight rushing touchdowns to opposing teams in seven games.

This means the Rams, who are stuck relying on backup quarterback Kellen Clemens for the remainder of the season, should be able to lean heavily on Stacy and the ground game like they did a week ago.

However, this does not necessarily mean Stacy is a must-start for fantasy owners this week.

In his four starts this season, the former Vanderbilt star has averaged 86 yards rushing, which is good, but not great.

He has not been a scoring machine on the field, either. In six appearances, Stacy has scored exactly one touchdown, which came on a reception against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.

As a team, the Rams are still without a rushing touchdown this year.

Zac Stacy 2013 Season Stats
Rush Att Rush YDS Rec Rec YDS Total TD
76 348 7 40 1

Through Week 8

Depending on your league's scoring system, Stacy projects as a solid flex starter or bye-week fill-in (guys like Knowshon Moreno, Reggie Bush and Frank Gore will be out of action this week).

However, in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues, it may be smart to bypass Stacy for a back who regularly produces multi-catch performances.

Stacy has seven receptions for 40 yards in his six appearances. He had just one catch for minus-five yards last week with Clemens at quarterback.

Expect Stacy to again top the 100-yard mark this week on the ground with one or two receptions, though he certainly cannot be counted on to get in the end zone. 

If the other running backs on your team are not averaging 10-12 points per week, Stacy deserves to be in your lineup. However, if you're trying to decide between the Rams runner and a more productive PPR player, it might be worth leaving Stacy on the bench for another week (if he is an available free agent, grab him).

The Rams, of course, do not care about fantasy points. St. Louis appears ready to start Stacy with confidence for the remainder of the season and is likely to pick up a few wins along the way if he keeps putting the team in position to win.

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