Fantasy Football Reaction: Way too soon to call Eddie Lacy a stud in Seattle

Now that he’s signed with Seattle, there’s no doubt Eddie Lacy has a chance to regain his spot as a great Fantasy running back.

But that’s all he has -- a chance.

Should we be so quick to assume Lacy, a two-year disappointment as an early-round Fantasy pick and someone reportedly at 267 pounds, will take a lot of work away from Thomas Rawls?

Competition will bear that result. And that’s the way the Seahawks like it.

Eddie Lacy RB / Green Bay (2016 stats (5 games))
ATT: 71 YDS: 360 TD: 0 TAR: 7 REC: 4 REC YDS: 28 TD: 0
Thomas Rawls RB / Seattle (2016 stats (9 games))
ATT: 109 YDS: 343 TD: 3 TAR: 17 REC: 13 REC YDS: 96 TD: 0

Coach Pete Carroll told ESPN Radio in Seattle that there will be a “rotation” at running back. One might beat the other out in camp for the right to start, but it sounds like both will play. Carroll also spoke of leveraging Lacy’s size and physical style to “send a message” to a defense like Marshawn Lynch and LenDale White did for Carroll back in the day. 

Carroll wants Lacy at around 240 pounds and did mention Lacy wasn’t at the weight he wanted him at yet because “he’s working through some rehab right now.” 

Fantasy owners will have a hard time counting on him. His 2016 ended with an ankle injury and, frankly, he played fine but just wasn’t productive enough for Fantasy. That’s on top of his ineffective 2015 campaign when his weight was a major factor. 

Not to be outdone, Rawls also won’t be easy to trust. He can’t be counted on to stay healthy for long periods of time based on how his 2016 went (fractured leg) and how his 2015 ended (broken ankle).

This is gonna be a headache.

Even if one emerges as the best rushing option, injury issues or weight issues or offensive line issues could wreck the whole situation. Don’t lean on either running back for a strong, consistent Fantasy season. The Seahawks don’t have a great offensive line and started getting away from their run game last season (20th in rush attempts).

If I had to pick one, assuming both were healthy, it would be Lacy -- provided he’s fit. But we just don’t know that will be the case come late July.

I wouldn’t take either of these guys before Round 7. I don’t need the hassle.

C.J. Prosise RB / Seattle (2016 stats (6 games))
ATT: 30 YDS: 172 TD: 1 TAR: 19 REC: 17 REC YDS: 208 TD: 0

The chance for Prosise to evolve into the main running back for Seattle is squashed with Lacy’s arrival. Besides, coach Pete Carroll has been miffed with Prosise’s injuries and seems content to keep him limited to a passing downs role. That really lowers the expectations for him this season and keeps his value limited to PPR formats. In non-PPR, I’d consider him past Round 10.

One more thing ...

It does make you wonder how the Packers will go about replacing Lacy now that he’s not an option. Whoever ends up working alongside Ty Montgomery is someone Fantasy owners should get excited about.

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Dave Richard has spent nearly his entire career covering the National Football League. Beginning with NFL.com at the boom of the Internet, Richard was that site's first Fantasy Football writer before transitioning... Full Bio

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