RB – Eddie Lacy
Week 5 Statistics:
Lacy – 11 carries, 81 rushing yards, 1 catch, 3 yards; 8.40 fantasy points
After passing the 100-yard plateau earlier than ever in his career against the Lions in Week 3, Lacy appeared poised to make the Green Bay ground game a dangerous force for an offense in dire need of some consistency.
As the game against the Giants got going, Lacy continued on his strong early pace, racking up multiple decent runs — three of which went for 10+ yards, including a rumbling 31-yarder — to what appeared to be his second consecutive 100+ yard effort of the season.
Unfortunately, he wouldn’t get that chance. On one of his rushes, his ankle got injured, and his night was done far too early.
That injury has had his ability to suit up at all against the Cowboys be a major question this week, and although he is expected to play now his effectiveness is most likely going to be limited.
Of course, Lacy has shown the ability to play well despite injuries (including to his ankle; a gritty 15 carry/84 yard effort against Pittsburgh in his rookie year sticks out in my mind) and his running style being built on strength rather than speed somewhat lessens the potential impact, so maybe he still manages to be productive.
For now however, I’m keeping my expectations relatively low for him.
Between the injury and the fact that the Cowboys’ defense appears more exploitable through the passing game, expect the Packers to lean more on Rodgers and his receivers to rack up most of the offense’s yardage while turning to the running game as a change-of-pace to keep them honest.