Lacy has given little reason for Fantasy owners to feel good about his performance this season, as he carries a pitiful 3.0 yards per carry average into Week 5 against the Vikings. However, he may start to turn things around this week, against a beat up Vikings defense that just surrendered 6.0 yards per carry to Falcons running backs.
The Vikings have surrendered 70 Fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last three weeks, and now have to face a short turnaround as they try to slow Lacy down. Even with how disappointing he has been, this could be a good chance for Lacy to build on his first score a week ago, against a team that could be trailing early.
Lacy ranks just 23rd among running backs in Fantasy scoring this season, but both Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg have him ranked right inside the top-10 for Week 5. Despite his struggles, keep Lacy active.
His 48 yards on 17 carries gave him a pathetic 2.8 yards per carry -- this against a defense that had allowed 5.0 yards per carry in its first three games. Through four games, Lacy has yet to reach even the half-century mark, much less the century mark.
And the worst part is the Packers weren't struggling to keep up in this one. They had a big lead for much of the second half, when Lacy got 11 of his season-high 17 carries. He just couldn't capitalize on it.
My colleague, Chris Towers, wrote earlier in the week that Lacy's schedule was partly to blame for his struggles through the first three weeks, and that may be true. But my confidence in him will plummet if he doesn't bounce back in a meaningful way Week 5 against Minnesota.
Lacy opened the scoring for his team with a 2-yard touchdown run that tied the game with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. But he finished with just 48 yards on 17 carries and the one score, as well as one catch for 11 yards.
His disappointing season continues. The Week 4 rushing total was, shockingly, his best of the year. Lacy has just 161 yards on 53 carries in 2014. He will attempt to hit his stride literally and figuratively Thursday night against Minnesota.
"As a player, I think when a coach calls you out, that means he sees something in you that you can do or you need to work on and get better as a player," Lacy said. Following Sunday's game, head coach Mike McCarthy said that Lacy needed to play better. Lacy admitted he's been surprised by his struggles thus far, but indicated that he's been working on a way to fix things. "There were a few times last week where I was running kind of high, and I just figured that out," Lacy added. "This week, definitely get my pads down when I'm running."
Lacy has racked up just 12 Fantasy points through three games, a total he matched or exceeded in six different games a year ago. With how much he has underperformed so far, should Fantasy owners look to dump last year's breakout star before the bottom falls out? In a word, no.
The Packers opened the season with a hellacious schedule, facing three teams that ranked in the top seven in FootballOutsider's DVOA against the rush last season. Seattle, Detroit and the Jets have allowed a combined 2.8 yards per carry through three games, and that isn't all because of the Packers.
Green Bay's next three opponents' combined yards per carry allowed comes out to 4.2. So, Lacy should have an easier road moving forward. That should begin in Week 4 against a Bears defense that has allowed 5.3 yards per carry in 19 games since the start of the 2013 season.
Lacy ranks in the top 15 in the league in yards per carry after contact at 2.5, per ProFootballFocus.com, so he is still showing the elusiveness that made him so good a year ago. With the schedule about to get a lot easier, Lacy remains a must-start option, despite his struggles.
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