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Stacy managed just 25 yards on 14 carries last week, but it must be remembered that he was shut down by an Arizona run defense that rates among the best in the NFL. Week 15 foe New Orleans struggles in that department, ranking 29th in the league in yards yielded per attempt at 4.7.
The performance against the Cardinals would seem to be a hiccup rather than a trend. Stacy has rushed for 692 yards and four touchdowns in eight games since taking over the starting spot in early October.
Stacy should receive plenty of carries against the Saints as the Rams try to keep the ball away from their explosive offense. Two of the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank him 13th and 15th among NFL backs this week. He is a strong No. 2 or flex option, particularly in deeper leagues.
Stacy carried the ball 14 times for 25 yards. He averaged just 1.8 yards per carry. Stacy's day was salvaged by a 1 yard score. After Tavon Austin took an end-around for 56 yards, Stacy punched in the close touchdown. He didn't play a big role in the passing game, catching three balls for -3 yards. Stacy will look to get back on track Week 15 against the Saints.
Arizona has been the best team against opposing running backs, limiting them to just 10.50 Fantasy points per game. Through 12 games, the team has allowed just four rushing touchdowns. Backs have averaged just 3.5 yards per carry against the Cardinals, which is the second-lowest rate in the league.
Stacy has jump-started St. Louis' running game this season, but didn't get his start until late in the season. In the team's first matchup with Arizona, Stacy tallied just one carry. Only one running back has rushed for 100+ yards against the Cardinals this season. Frank Gore needed 25 carries to tally 101 yards. Stacy is likely in for a rough day, and shouldn't be considered a strong Fantasy starter this week.
Stacy broke for an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter for his lingest gain of the day. In fact, he only had three runs for 8-plus yards in the game. He had 19 carries for 72 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and one catch for minus-1 yard in a 23-13 defeat.
Stacy has totaled 221 yards and two touchdowns on the ground over his last three games. He'll look to bounce back in Week 14 at Arizona.
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