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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Articles tagged: Zac Stacy

10 AAF players who could resurrect their football careers

Trent Richardson

The Alliance of American Football officially debuted last weekend, and did so to unexpected success. Not only was the football more crisp than most anticipated, but the league scored big in the ratings, out-drawing the NBA on ABC head-to-head.

The fan interest not only stems from the desire to see quality offseason football, but because there are a plethora of big names dotted throughout the league itself — players many are familiar with from their time in college or their time in the NFL.

For many of the young players, the AAF represents an opportunity to put their play on film and to develop under legitimate quality coaching. For others, it represents a final opportunity to revitalize their careers and possibly make it back to the NFL one final time.

Here’s a look at 10 players who could resurrect their football careers in the AAF.

10. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona Hotshots

If you watched Will Sutton play during his time at Arizona State, you undoubtedly understand why he’s making an appearance on this list. A two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the year (2012, 2013) and consensus All-American (2012), Sutton was among the country’s most elite over a three-year span. It was enough to get himself selected in the third-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, where he joined the legendary Chicago Bears. Unfortunately for Sutton, an ankle injury would end his rookie campaign early and he would not be able to re-gain his footing. Sutton would have a cup of coffee with both the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers after his time with the Bears, but he failed to catch on at either location. Now in the AAF, a healthy Sutton can ideally rekindle his college success and make one final push for an NFL return.


Jets interested in Rams RB Zac Stacy

Zac Stacy Rams

The New York Jets are interested in Zac Stacy and have inquired with the St. Louis Rams about the running back, according to a report.

Stacy is now third on the Rams’ running back depth chart behind first-round pick Todd Gurley and last season’s leading rusher Tre Mason.

After the Rams drafted Gurley No. 10 overall, Stacy tweeted “yikes” and later deleted the tweet. Reports said he planned to ask the team to trade or release him.

The New York Daily News says the Jets have reached out to the Rams to inquire about the back. The Jets have Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell on the roster at running back and could use an explosive player. Though Stacy doesn’t really qualify in that regard, he could add more depth and experience to the team.

Zac Stacy reportedly wants off Rams after Todd Gurley draft pick

Zac Stacy Rams

There is going to be a crowded backfield in St. Louis, and it sounds like Zac Stacy doesn’t want to be a part of it.

The Rams drafted Todd Gurley with the No. 10 pick in the first round of this year’s draft, making it two years in a row that they drafted a running back pretty highly. Last year they took Tre Mason in the third round and he became the team’s leading rusher.

After the Rams selected Gurley, Stacy sent a notable tweet:

Zac Stacy tweet

Stacy knew that spelled bad news for him as he’s now third on the team’s depth chart.

Shortly after the pick, NFL reporter Adam Caplan said Stacy planned to ask the Rams for a trade or to be released.

We don’t blame Stacy for wanting out. There are plenty of running back-needy teams in the league, and he’s too good to be third string.

Screenshot via Bro Bible, Photo via Zac Stacy/Instagram

Benny Cunningham on fantasy radar, sharing reps with Zac Stacy

Benny CunninghamSt. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy was expected to be a true workhorse for his team in 2014, but the Rams’ pregame walkthrough combined with recent reports has led to some concern for his fantasy owners. Is Benny Cunningham working his way into the mix?

The Rams said earlier this week that they plan to use a “hot hand approach” with Stacy and Cunningham. While it appears that Stacy is still the starter and going to get the first shot at carries, he may be on a short leash.

Stacy will likely still be the Rams’ early-down and goal-line back, but the situation is worth monitoring. If you drafted Stacy early, you should already have Cunningham as a handcuff. If you don’t have Cunningham, he is definitely worth targeting on the waiver wire in case this turns into a timeshare situation.

H/T Rotoworld

Week 6 fantasy pickups include Harry Douglas, Zac Stacy, Rueben Randle

Harry-Douglas-FalconsThe waiver wire was looking relatively thin heading into Week 6, but that changed in a hurry on Tuesday when news surfaced that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. There are a few names who could be worth an add if you’re battling injuries or looking for bye-week replacements, though I don’t expect many lottery tickets from this bunch. In any event, here are your Week 6 fantasy football pickups.

Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons: As we explained in detail on Tuesday, Douglas is the favorite to receive the majority of targets in Atlanta with Jones reportedly out for the season and Roddy White battling a new hamstring injury in addition to his high ankle sprain. Douglas has experience in the Falcons’ system and is in his fifth season with the team. He has been known to make a big play every now and then, but other than that he has held little fantasy value. That should change with Matt Ryan desperate for someone to catch the ball.

Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: Assuming he’s not lying about simply getting the wind knocked out of him against the Jaguars, Stacy should be locked in as the Rams’ starter for the foreseeable future. Isaiah Pead has found his way into Jeff Fisher’s doghouse for some unknown reason and Daryl Richardson, who entered the season as the starter, has been horrendous. The Rams’ running game leaves a lot to be desired, but Stacy rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries against Jacksonville. The Jags are horrendous, so we will have to wait and see if that type of production can continue. If you’re looking for running back help, Stacy is worth an add strictly because he has little competition in a disappointing backfield.