By Jim Sarantes. Early in free agency, Eddie Lacy agreed to a one-year, $5.55-million contract with $3 million guaranteed. It’s a prove it deal for the former Green Bay Packers running back who has struggled with weight issues the past two seasons.
Apparently, Eddie Lacy visited at least three teams at the beginning of the free agency period and weight in at 267 lbs. for at least one of the three teams. This is after being listed at 234 lbs. for the 2016 season. The Seahawks have taken no chances and have inserted weight bonuses into Lacy’s contract covering him through the season with an expected in-season playing weight of 245 lbs. Besides the weight issues, Eddie Lacy missed 11 games in the 2016 season.
For fantasy football team managers with Lacy on their roster the past two seasons, he has hardly made an impact worthy of a high round draft pick.
Eddie Lacy joins a Seahawks team that wants to run the football. With Marshawn Lynch in the back-field for the Seahawks, Lynch produced 1,400 to 1,600 all-purpose yards from 2011 to 2014. His real value was in the double digit touchdowns he scored in those seasons which made him a fantasy football juggernaut. Lacy will have some big shoes to fill for the Seahawks.
Since Lynch, the Seahawks haven’t fared well in the running back department with Thomas Rawls having spent time both injured and ineffective last season. Second year running backs CJ Prosise and Alex Collins have yet to fully prove themselves. With Rawls injury status up in the air, there is a genuine opportunity for Eddie Lacy to bounce back to fantasy football stardom if he holds his weight in check and produces.
However, it hardly makes him worth a high draft pick even if he reportedly has a good offseason with the Seahawks. More than likely, Eddie Lacy will be selected as an RB2 in most fantasy football formats in the fourth or fifth round of most drafts, and even in the sixth round of drafts in shallower leagues.
Follow Eddie Lacy’s offseason news as it will heavily influence his draft stock in August and September fantasy football drafts. If he can get back to producing 1,500 all-purpose yards and near double or double digit touchdowns as he did in his first two seasons as a pro, Eddie Lacy would make for a beastly fantasy football selection a la Marshawn Lynch in the Seahawks offense.