Remember when Eddie Lacy was a good fantasy running back? It’s easy to forget. After rushing for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, Lacy’s production has come to a screeching halt thanks to injury and inability to stay in shape.
However, Lacy still possesses the skills to be a top fantasy option at running back and he could return to that level with the Seattle Seahawks.
Ever since Marshawn Lynch retired, the Seahawks have been searching for a powerful, downhill runner to work in their power run scheme. Pete Carroll and his team have taken the “throw everything at the wall and sees what sticks” approach, collecting running back talent and seeing what they can do. So far nothing has stuck.
Lacy gives the Seahawks a big—albeit sometimes too big—running back that can get yards after contact (he averaged 3.4 yards after contact last year). This is great for an offense that loves to run their backs in the red zone. Over the last two seasons, Seattle’s running backs have combined for 113 red zone carries which leads the league in that timeframe. For comparison’s sake, with the Green Bay Packers, Lacy received only 31 red zone carries.
It’s still yet to be determined if Lacy can stay in shape and what his touches will be in a crowded backfield, but if he can fit into this offense, he could return to fantasy prominence.