By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Sat, Sep 6th 12:45pm EDT
Rams' RB coach Ben Sirmans said that he wouldn’t be surprised if Stacy took the first snaps when the Rams open the season Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. “We have guys who can complement Zac. And push him. It’s as talented and competitive a bunch as I’ve coached, and each guy seems to bring a little something different to the table. So depending on the situation, any one of these guys could be called on." (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fantasy Impact: Stacy's ECR on Fantasy Pros has dropped from 10 to 12 on what is becoming a very muddied picture in the St. Louis backfield for fantasy owners. While Jeff Fisher has historically used one back, the words coming out of St. Louis seem to indicate the exact opposite. Stacy did not have the most stellar of preseasons, so maybe the words are meant to send a message to Stacy to start ramping up his performance. Or maybe they're trying to throw the Minnesota defensive coordinator and his game planning off. One thing's for sure...fantasy owners are becoming more confused and more skittish about the player they largely drafted to be an every-down high-level RB2 in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of their drafts this fall, and rightfully so. The best advice is to watch Stacy's usage carefully on Sunday, handcuff with Benny Cunningham now if at all possible, and make adjustments to your lineups accordingly as the weeks progress. My guess is that if Stacy has a big game this week, this talk will die down.