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|Considering how the season ended for rookie Zac Stacy, it’s almost baffling that St. Louis took as long as they did to finally give him the starting gig. It seemed as if the coaching staff was set on giving every other player an opportunity before finally conceding the job to Stacy in Week 5. From that point on, Stacy was a top-10 fantasy running back, contributing both in rushing yardage as well as touchdowns. Stacy touched the ball 14 or more times in every game once he became “the guy” and rewarded his fantasy owners with the kind of consistency that typically only comes with elite-level running backs. Stacy has a chance to break into that category this season as he heads into training camp as the clear favorite to take the vast majority of carries. Head coach Jeff Fisher has also publicly proclaimed his trust in Stacy, even indicating that he should be in line to take at least 70 percent of the carries out of the St. Louis backfield. It has been a long time since a St. Louis player outside of Steven Jackson has been a fantasy force, but Stacy appears to have a good shot at doing that again in 2014. He will likely be an early second-round pick in most drafts and could even slip into the bottom end of the first round if there are any preseason setbacks for any of the backs ahead of him.
| Fisher: Zac Stacy likely to play in Week 6|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 6, 6:35 pm
|On Zac Stacy, Fisher said he will probably miss some practice time this week because of calf injury, but doesn't think he will miss game. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams play on Monday Night Football in Week 6 in a difficult matchup against San Francisco, which means owners need to make plans to be without him just in case. Benny Cunningham became the featured back after Stacy left in Week 5 and would probably be in line for at least 15 touches if Stacy cannot go. Trey Watts would also be in the mix.
|Benny Cunningham creating buzz in St. Louis|
Second-year RB pushing Zac Stacy for playing time?
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 28, 5:25 pm
|If Benny Cunningham isnít challenging Zac Stacy for the starting job, heís certainly pushing him for playing time. Heís been the best Rams RB on the field this preseason. And what to do with Tre Watts? A strong showing against the Dolphins could push him into a roster spot. If so, that would be five RBs on the squad again, which is a lot assuming Chase Reynolds makes the squad. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Incumbent starter Zac Stacy has averaged 2.6 YPC on 15 attempts this preseason while Cunningham is sporting a solid 5.3 YPC on the same number of totes - averages that don't vary much from last season (Stacy - 3.9; Cunningham - 5.6). The preseason production itself is not a concern for Stacy owners; the fact that Cunningham is a more explosive player is. As a result, Cunningham is worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.