Zac Stacy
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By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 3:16am EDT

Zac Stacy carried 19 times for 71 yards (3.7 YPC), scoring one touchdown in the first quarter, and fumbling once in the Rams' second game of the year against Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Stacy ran with decisiveness and power in this matchup and got the goal line touch that produced the touchdown. The Rams appear to be leaning away from their committee approach, as Benny Cunningham got 6 carries to Stacy's 19. A rhythm developed, and positive results ensued. St. Louis takes on Dallas in week 3 and their top 10 (in fantasy points allowed) run defense. Stacy will be an RB2 for next Sunday's tilt at home.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 1:35am EDT

Zac Stacy ran 11 times for 43 yards (3.9 YPC) and caught 1 of 2 passes thrown his way for 8 yards in the Rams' home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Though Stacy started the game and the second half, Benny Cunningham and Tavon Austin were also used out of the backfield. In fact, Cunningham matched Stacy's 51 total yards from scrimmage. Sounds like a committee to me. Until the Rams get their passing game and defense fixed, their run game will be doomed and Stacy won't be able to live up to the RB1/RB2 status he was drafted as. At this point look at him as a mid-to-low end RB2 or even flex at best.

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.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 12:31pm EDT

Nick Wagoner advises that Rams' general manager Les Snead said on local radio this week that he expects the offense to go with the "hot hand" in a given week at running back. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Uh oh. Whether this is just talk to throw off defensive coordinators remains to be seen. As a fantasy owner, if you own Stacy you absolutely MUST handcuff him with Benny Cunningham. It still appears easy to do so as Cunningham largely goes undrafted in a 12-team format and can still be found on waiver wires. Cunningham will have a role which will eat somehow, someway into Stacy's potential RB1 status. You can't trust St. Louis to stick with one back at this point.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Fri, Aug 29th 12:36am EDT

Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch reports that Benny Cunningham has been the best Rams RB on the field this preseason and is challenging Zac Stacy for playing time this coming season. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: If you're taking Stacy in the second or third rounds of your 12 team draft, consider handcuffing him with Cunningham in the last round given that he virtually goes undrafted. That way you're protected against the fallout, whatever it may be.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:37am EDT

After tonight's victory over the Browns, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, "We just gave [Cunningham] a chance to run behind the first offensive line. We know what Zac can do." (Source: Nick Wagoner)

Fantasy Impact: Really? Is Fisher another coach who likes to play with fake footballers' minds? If you're to believe Fisher, read nothing into this. Stacy is the starter, Cunningham the backup. Given that Cunningham has been twice as productive as Stacy in the preseason, I would be happier if Stacy's ADP were a round lower. As is, he is going in the 3rd round in most 12 league drafts, so take your chances...Stacy may or may not be the "bell-cow" we've been led to believe.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 5:30pm EDT

Zac Stacy rushed 6 times for 6 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards in the Rams' second preseason game against Green Bay.

Fantasy Impact: The Packers' defensive line was consistently winning in the trenches against the Rams' offensive line who were without two of their starters for this game. The good news is Stacy mostly stayed in the game on third downs except on pass plays when they substituted in Benny Cunningham. For right now, keep considering Stacy a RB2 for your mock and real fantasy drafts as the Rams continue to work on their offensive line.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Sat, Aug 2nd 7:54pm EDT

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said, "We're going to be a run-oriented football team." (Source: Kentucky.com)

Fantasy Impact: Jeff Fisher may be getting his wish to be fielding a run-first team and what appears to be a high-powered defense. If you can't beat Seattle, then join them and beat them at their own game. With Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason considerably behind Zac Stacy in the pecking order, a big season from the sophomore back is definitely not out of the question.

By B.J. O'Rourke, Rams Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 9:57pm EDT

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports that Zac Stacy is the clear favorite for the Rams' RB job as Coach Jeff Fisher has referred to third-round draft pick Tre Mason as a "change-of-pace" back. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't look as though Stacy will have much competition for the running back job in St. Louis in 2014. Stacy was the bellcow in the games he started in the second half of last season, and barring injury, that should continue. With talk of Tre Mason taking away carries, Stacy's stock has been falling of late, which might make him a very good value as a mid-to-high end RB2.

Breaking Football | Sep 18th
Got the ball a good amount and scored last week and now is at home. Dallas D looking pretty underrated, though.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Sep 18th
On paper, this should be a great matchup, but the Cowboys have allowed the third fewest points to fantasy running backs this year.
ESPN | Sep 10th
After a disappointing Week 1, where is Zac Stacy ranked for Week 2?
ESPN | Sep 8th
Christopher Harris analyzes Zac Stacy's value.
ESPN | Aug 29th
Christopher Harris analyzes Zac Stacy's draft value.
ESPN | Aug 27th
Matthew Berry joins Keith Olbermann to discuss the impact of Sam Bradford's injury on Zac Stacy, and why you shouldn't be panicking about a fantasy draft gone wrong just yet.
ESPN | Aug 8th
Ranked next to each other in the running back rankings, should you draft Doug Martin or Zac Stacy this season?
ESPN | Jul 31st
Jim McCormick discusses Zac Stacy's fantasy value and whether he's worth a first-round pick.