Eddie Lacy looks like a fantasy RB2 with upside in Seattle

The ex-Packers RB agreed to become a Seahawk Tuesday. Jeff Ratcliffe examines the fantasy impact.

| 2 months ago
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Eddie Lacy looks like a fantasy RB2 with upside in Seattle

All was quiet on the running back front in this year’s free agency until Tuesday afternoon, when the Seahawks agreed to terms with Eddie Lacy on a one-year pact worth $5.5 million. Lacy gives the Seattle a power-back presence they’ve lacked since Marshawn Lynch retired. He immediately slots in as the top option on the depth chart.

Though much maligned for his weight issues, Lacy has two 1,000-yard seasons in his four-year career, and was well on his way to another before landing on injured reserve in October of last season. Lacy managed an average of 5.1 yards per carry and a massive 3.4 yards after contact per attempt in five games played. Health – from both an injury and weight standpoint – is a concern, but Lacy figures to be in the mix as an RB2 who could see enough volume to bump into the RB1 conservation.

Of course, his signing is bad news for the Thomas Rawls truthers. Following his breakout rookie campaign, Rawls floundered last year, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. His offensive line finished as a mid-pack unit in terms of yards generated before contact, but Rawls especially struggled after contact with just 2.2 yards per attempt. Rawls now moves into a backup role for early-down work and is off the fantasy radar. C.J. Prosise remains the favorite for passing down work, but the Seahawks still plan to kick the tires on Jamaal Charles on Wednesday.

With Lacy officially out of Green Bay, the Packers are left with a bare-bones depth chart that currently includes just two players: Ty Montgomery and Don Jackson. Montgomery proved to be a better option at running back than many had thought last season, but tough to envision him as a long-term solution. Expect the Packers to address the position in this year’s loaded draft class.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • Nick Cortez

    I’m assuming you missed that he weighed in at 267 in one of his visits this week…

  • Iconoclast17

    I’m assuming you (post below) read the Bob McGuin rumor as if it mattered. Lacy should have been resigned on a “prove it” deal in Green Bay, just as Nick Perry was last year. The ‘weight issue’ (long harped -on by the Packers and their media mouthpieces like McGuin is a bit of a red herring. He’s never played in the NFL @235 lbs., and Carroll has said he wants him heavier than that (likely in the 240’s). Hope this isn’t a return to the days of Alex Green-type RB’s in GB. And, Ripkowski is not a viable alternative.