Zac Stacy's return to practice this week is a huge weight off the collective shoulders of fantasy football owners across the nation. Those who are counting on the St. Louis Rams running back should feel excited, not worried, ahead of Week 9's matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
According to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner, Stacy was a full participant at Thursday's practice after picking up an ankle injury in Week 8. He looked 100 percent healthy during his workouts and drills.
With the rookie back at full speed once again and coming off a career effort against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8—when he rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries—owners can confidently lock Stacy into their starting running back slot in Week 9.
The Rams will host the Tennessee Titans, who rank 24th in fewest rushing yards allowed this season. Teams are averaging slightly more than 117 yards per game on the ground against Tennessee in 2013, and opposing backs are averaging 4.2 yards per carry against the Titans over that time.
Let's face it: His 4.6-yard-per-carry average is winning over fantasy owners this fall.
Bleacher Report's Chris Trapasso presents an intriguing stat that highlights Stacy's productivity thus far:
Although he caught plenty of attention following his monster performance on Monday Night Football, he is still surprisingly available in more than 40 percent of all ESPN Fantasy leagues heading into November. So owners in need of some reliable production at running back or the flex spot should check to see if he is available.
At 4.6 YPC, Zac Stacy trails only Alfred Morris (5.2), DeMarco Murray & LeSean McCoy (4.7) in that dept. among RBs with at least 75 carries.— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) October 30, 2013
Over/Under: 99.5 yards rushing for Zac Stacy in Week 9?
But for those who have him on the roster already, it's time to sit back and reap the benefits. With Stacy staring down a favorable matchup on Sunday and his confidence growing each week, the running back's fantasy owners can put the worry aside and get excited about their lineups in Week 9.
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