For the second time in three games, Stacy basically split the workload with Cunningham in Week 3. Stacy and Cunningham both played 34 of the team's 76, similar to Week 1, when Cunningham actually played one more snap. The overall season workload is skewed in Stacy's favor thanks to a 40-18 split in Week 2, but it's pretty clear these two are in a timeshare.
Stacy has been able to hold off Cunningham by just flat outworking him so far, averaging 4.3 yards per carry to Cunningham's 3.3. Stacy has also been more effective in the passing game, though it is concerning that Cunningham is still encroaching on his playing time with those edges.
At this point, both players need to be owned in all Fantasy leagues, as long as the team splits their time so evenly. However, until Stacy either pushed Cunningham out of the picture or abdicates the role, neither will be a particularly reliable Fantasy option.
Though the Rams jumped out to a huge lead in the first half, they decided to put the game in Austin Davis' hands, with the quarterback throwing 42 times and Stacy receiving just 12 of the team's 30 rush attempts. After failing to average four yards per carry in either of his firs two games, Stacy averaged 5.6 yards per carry Sunday while also getting the job done through the air after recording only one reception in his first two games. Stacy and the Rams get next week off before heading to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 5.
By comparison, Benny Cunningham had just six carries for 15 yards and one catch for 4 yards. Prior to Week 1 against Minnesota, Stacy had been stellar at home with double digits in Fantasy points in five of the first six games he started in St. Louis.
The Cowboys have yet to be exposed with their run defense, and they only allowed a touchdown to Carlos Hyde in Week 1. Stacy should get his usual volume of work to make him worth starting in the majority of leagues.
For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
Stacy ripped a 7-yard run on his first touch of the afternoon. He took six handoffs for 23 yards on the opening drive, which was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run. He lost a fumble in the third quarter, which resulted in a Tampa Bay touchdown. Stacy finished the game with 19 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.7 yards per attempt in a 19-17 victory. He was not targeted in the passing game.
Stacy has 30 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground through two games. He will look to stay productive at home against the Cowboys in Week 3.
Stacy gave way to Benny Cunningham on one first-half drive and entered halftime with only four carries under his belt despite the Rams being within one score up until right before halftime. It was a questionable gameplan offensively after most expected the Rams to lean on the running game with starting quarterback Sam Bradford out for the season. Stacy will hope for better results when the team faces the Buccaneers in Week 2.
|Bye: Week 4|
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|8||10/26/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||14||12||250||973||3.9||40||7||5||47|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||3||3||42||181||4.3||16||1||0||8|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||14||12||26||141||5.4||25||1||1||0||7|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||3||3||6||62||10.3||17||0||0||0||4|
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|2013||St. Louis Rams||14||1||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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