No player's physical condition will be more scrutinized this summer after he plodded his out-of-shape body through a lackluster first half of '15 - he did finish final 9 games (including two postseason contests with a 4.7 ypc mark) - was top 7 fantasy RB in both '13 and '14
You always want to buy low in fantasy football, and one of the best ways to buy low with a high ceiling in a range of outcomes is to target star players coming off of disappointing seasons. Fantasy football owners tend to rank players coming off below-average or subpar seasons lower on their cheat sheets than they... Read More
In May, Lacy still weighed over 240 pounds. He is apparently working very hard to regain the body he had that led him to being a clear cut first-round pick last season, but the fact that he is fighting to regain his starting job should tell you everything you need to know. Your third round pick should never be someone who might not start.
I am higher on Eddie Lacy Eddie Lacy in 2016 than the other experts. In 2015, Lacy was out of shape and weighed rougly 255-260 poinds, which is way too large for a starting RB in the National Football League. He got about 2 feet of air on his Lanbeau Leap. Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy grew very concerned about Lacy's weight. In the offseason, Lacy has gone through a weight transformation and will report to training camp in excellent shape. We should see a return to Lacy's explosiveness unless he is injured. There is no reason why Lacy can't return to 240+ rushing attempts, 1150+ rushing yards, and 10+ TDs this season. With the return of Jordy Nelson from his torn ACL to the Green Bay Offense this year, Lacy will see defenses keying more on the pass. Eddie Lacy could turn out to be one of the draft day bargains in rounds 2-4 of your fantasy football league drafts. Don't forget that this is Lacy's last year in his rookie contract, so he is playing for extra incentive this season.
The problem with last year is he reported to camp 30 lb. overweight and battled injuries and poor conditioning all season. As a result, he had a lost season with 758 yards and 3 touchdowns. All reports are that he is on pace to be in the 230s this season and in a contract year, he should be back to a Top-10 fantasy back.
Lacy has already dropped 15-17 pounds in the off season and looks to be dedicated to getting back on track. We know what he can do when motivated and healthy, so this season looks prime for a bounce back. Add in Jordy Nelson to help loosen the defense and Lacy could be a steal anywhere outside the Top-5 backs taken.