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James Starks fantasy value on rise with Eddie Lacy concussion

James StarksIt didn’t take long for Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy to remind his fantasy owners that they should have handcuffed him with James Starks. Lacy, whose bruiser running style makes him susceptible to injuries, suffered another concussion on Thursday night. The concussion is his second in 18 career NFL games.

Even before Lacy went down, Starks got a handful of touches and looked impressive with them. He carried the ball seven times for 37 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards. For whatever reason, he seemed to be more effective (5.3 yards per carry) than Lacy, who carried the ball 12 times for just 34 yards (2.8 YPC).

While it’s hard to draw any conclusions against a dominant Seattle Seahawks defense, it’s obvious Starks needs to be rostered in most fantasy formats. Lacy is far more talented and has a higher ceiling, but his latest concussion is a major concern. The former Alabama star appeared to suffer the head injury while running through Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

Lacy, who is not very fast, is most effective when he runs through tackles. The question now becomes if his body can hold up to his running style. It’s quite possible Lacy could be cleared by next weekend and still be leaned on as Green Bay’s workhorse, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Packers coach Mike McCarthy started giving Starks more snaps in an attempt to keep Lacy healthy. And if Lacy misses any time, Starks would get the bulk of the carries in a fantastic offense. Pick him up as quickly as you can.

Eddie Lacy wore Incredible Hulk undershirt

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is working toward a new nickname, and it will make a lot of sense if he has the season many experts expect him to have. On Thursday night, Lacy wore an “Incredible Hulk” shirt underneath his jersey.

Lacy, who had a tough night against the Seattle Seahawks’ dominant defense, is a power runner who is not afraid of contact. He actually suffered another concussion (he had one last year) on Thursday after running through hard-hitting safety Earl Thomas in the second half. And the Packers wear green, so the whole Hulk thing kind of makes sense.

The concern for Packers fans is that Lacy has already suffered two concussions in 18 career NFL games. Given his Incredible Hulk style of running, you have to wonder if this is going to be a major problem going forward.

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Eddie Lacy knocked out with concussion after Brandon Meriweather hit

Eddie Lacy concussionGreen Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy was knocked out of Sunday’s Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins after being hit in the head by safety Brandon Meriweather.

Lacy rushed for 10 yards on the team’s opening drive, but he was hit in the head by Meriweather, who is notorious for being a headhunter. Lacy hurdled a man to get some extra yardage, and Meriweather launched himself at Lacy head-first, making helmet-to-helmet contact.

Meriweather was blasted two years ago for his constant illegal hits. He even admitted that he was taught to leave his feet and go head-first on tackles. He’s obviously been unable to break that habit, and it cost him later in the game.

Meriweather left in the second quarter after laying another helmet-to-helmet hit. He nailed James Starks but suffered the worst of it and left with a concussion.

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Eddie Lacy looking like fantasy stud

Eddie LacyEddie Lacy may have slipped in the NFL Draft because of concerns over an operation to repair his turf toe, but you shouldn’t let the same thing happen in your fantasy draft. Many NFL teams such as the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers (both of whom took backs ahead of Lacy in the second round of the draft) have concerns about Lacy’s long-term prospects, but that hardly matters to us since fantasy football is generally a one year at a time proposition. Whether you’re in a keeper or re-draft league, we highly recommend Lacy as one of your top picks.

Lacy was a star at Alabama. He accounted for 32 touchdowns in three seasons while averaging 6.76 yards per carry. He made Notre Dame look foolish in the National Championship Game in January, rushing for 140 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He is a tough runner, adept at catching passes, and big enough to help in pass protection.

Lacy made his preseason debut for the Green Bay Packers on Saturday against the St. Louis Rams and looked great. He showed no effects of the hamstring problem that kept him out of the team’s first preseason game. If you watch the highlights, you’ll see that he broke tackles, ran through guys, and generally was a load to bring down. He finished with 40 yards on eight carries. Lacy also caught a pass out of the backfield and looked smooth in the open field. He reminded me a lot of Steven Jackson, and I don’t just throw out around comparisons to Pro Bowl running backs for anyone.

We’re not the only ones who think Lacy looks great.

“Give credit to that back,” Rams defensive end Chris Long said after Saturday’s game. “He’s a good back. He’s going to be a good player in this league — and he’s a load.”

Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said during the week that Lacy “stands out” in pass protection, so that means he will likely have a role as a third-down back. DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin will also see carries, but reporters believe Lacy will get most of the action for Green Bay.

If you’re wondering what kind of numbers he’s capable of posting, I’d suggest looking at Ryan Grant’s 2008 and 2009 stats for a baseline comparison. I think over 1,100 combined yards and 10 touchdowns are definitely within reach for Lacy, if not more.

Eddie Lacy scored on a spin move that made two Notre Dame players collide (Video)

eddie lacy spin moveEverything about Alabama was impressive in its 42-14 drubbing of Notre Dame to win the BCS National Championship on Monday. Quarterback A.J. McCarron went 20-for-28 for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The defense only allowed 302 yards and 18 first downs. The Crimson Tide even had two rushers go for over 100 yards. But if there was one play that was more special than the others, it was the receiving touchdown Eddie Lacy scored on before halftime.

Lacy, a junior running back, rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and he caught three passes for 17 yards including the touchdown seen above. Lacey took a dumpoff pass from McCarron and made two Notre Dame defenders collide with a beautiful spin move right before the end zone.

Lacy punished Notre Dame throughout the game as Alabama became the first team all season to successfully push around the Fighting Irish’s front seven. It was truly an impressive overall performance to watch.