Green Bay Packers: Week 9 Fantasy Profile
By Kenn Korb
Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Green Bay Packers running backEddie Lacy
(27) is brought down by Denver Broncos outside linebackerDeMarcus Ware
(94) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
RB – Eddie Lacy, James Starks
Lacy – 11 carries, 38 rushing yards, 1 Rush TD, 1 catches, 9 yards; 10.70 fantasy points
Starks – 5 carries, 9 rushing yards, 2 catches, 9 yards; 1.80 fantasy points
After the bye week, the running game did not do much.
It wasn’t all on them; Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense got out of the gates quick to force the Packers to pass. Still, it was a pretty underwhelming effort on the night.
That’s even including the fact that Eddie Lacy was able to get into the end zone to produce his best fantasy day since Week 1.
I wouldn’t expect much out of this backfield fantasy-wise again; or at least I wouldn’t trust them to live up to the possibilities.
Lacy should be able to do more rushing since it is less likely this week for Green Bay to be down by three scores early. By having more time to be able to run a more balanced attack, there should be more yards there just by default. Also, the weakest area of the Panthers defense right now is actually their run defense; it isn’t terrible, but it is #16 in Run Defense DVOA.
I don’t see a gigantic day, but if things can stay balanced it could turn out decently well.
Either way, there should be a large portion of snaps going Lacy’s way, so if you want to pick either backfield guy he’s the one to focus on. Starks could do something like a short touchdown catch, but it’s better to bet on the larger workload (as well as the goal-line carries, as evidenced against Denver).
Week 9 Predictions:
Lacy – 70 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards, 1 TD; 14.00 fantasy points
Starks – 25 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards; 3.50 fantasy points
Verdict: Prove You’re Good Again (Lacy); Low-Usage Backup (Starks)