Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
|RB - #25||34.54||STL||Active||2 years||23||5'8||216|
2014 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Jul-10-2014 by Brad Kruse
Stacy opened up 2013 buried on the depth chart. When Stacy got his chance, he played very well. He proved to be fairly durable and kept drives moving for St. Louis. He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a game four times and also scored seven TDs from Weeks 9 to 16. The Rams drafted a rookie in Tre Mason; some think can challenge Stacy for the starting job. Given Stacy's performance last year, the job won't be flippantly handed over to Mason. With Stacy as the starter and earning the majority of carries, he should be able to turn in similar rushing numbers to what he did last year.
However, Stacy wasn't successful enough running the ball to completely rely on his rushing totals to propel your fantasy team. In 2014, his fantasy success will be tied to his ability to produce at the goal-line and become more involved in the passing game.
Editor's note: We are not as high on Stacy as some of our peers. While Stacy is entrenched as the starter, his so-so athleticism, limited pass-catching skills and potential loss of snaps to a third-down back should be of concern. It also doesn't help that he must face San Francisco, Arizona and Seattle a total of six times per season.
Few things frustrate fantasy owners more than a team deploying a running back-by-committee approach. The Rams confirmed Friday that's exactly what they want to do.
"Early in the game, we try to get guys multiple touches (and) then we try to go with the hot hand late in the game," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "Most places that I've been that have really good running games, they had the people to spread the ball around. Different backs bring different types of plays."
Those backs in St. Louis are Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason, who got his first taste of NFL action last week and responded with 40 yards on five carries. For what it's worth, the players involved say they are on board with the strategy.
"I feel like whoever has the hot hand at the time is the guy who should get the ball," Cunningham said. "We're not selfish players. Stacy added that "it's all about doing what we need to do as a team to find a way to win the game."
The 1-4 Rams will host the Seahawks on Sunday.
The writing has been on a wall for a while as Stacy's touches total has decreased every week this season. He saw a season-low eight carries and played 13 fewer snaps than Cunningham on Monday night against the 49ers. Cunningham was also given a goal-line carry, which he converted. And now Mason has been inserted to give this running game a bit of life as the other two main RBs have combined to average a smidgen less than 4 yards per carry. Mason should grab a larger piece of this pie as the season grows older.
Stacy, who was selected in the third or fourth round in many drafts this summer, looks like nothing better than a flex moving forward. And for this week specifically, I would want no part of him facing an angry Seattle defense.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/18 - Rams will go with 'hot hand' backfield
10/11 - Rams RB Zac Stacy listed as probable
10/6 - Rams expect RB Zac Stacy (strained calf) to play in Week 6
Latest References to Zac Stacy on FFToolbox:
- Week 7: Snaps & Targets New
- Week 6: Sit 'em
- Week 5: Player Downgrades
- Week 2: Sit 'em
- Evaluating Running Backs Using Yards Per Touch
- 2014 Team Outlook: Saint Louis Rams
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.10||Mr. Landry - Knew I'd be in this position when I skipped RB early. I don't buy into the threat of Mason taking Stacy's job. I think he's good for 1,200+ yards and 8-10 TD's. Serviceable at the end of round 3.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.06||Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz - For a brief second I thought about going with Julius Thomas with this pick, seeing how we have two flex's I snapped out of it as Fantasy owners can focus too much on the PPR element of a draft. While I'm not a huge fan of Stacy this year I do think if he can build on his strong campaign from a season ago than I just scored big in the 3rd round.|
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