by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Obviously there have been a lot of disappointing running backs this season, but does that mean that they are simply droppable? Or, should we keep them stashed and hope that they figure things out? Let’s take a look and try to decipher a few of the situations:
Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
A fantasy hero a year ago, he has quickly fallen to complete fantasy zero. He clearly has fallen behind both Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart and it’s going to take a lot for him to suddenly get out of the doldrums and emerge as a viable weekly option once again.
Stacy has lost two fumbles and averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, which actually matches last season’s mark. With Mason showing more explosiveness, at best you would think Stacy is going to be a change-of-pace type. Though, can he leapfrog Cunningham to even get back to that role?
He’s a tough sell at this point and, if you need to roster spot, can be dropped in most formats.
Verdict – Fold ‘Em
Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We spoke about Charles Sims earlier in the week, and when he returns the outlook on Martin could ultimately change. However, at this point does Tampa Bay really have anyone else?
Bobby Rainey had one big game, but otherwise hasn’t produced much more than Martin’s pathetic 2.9 yard per carry average. You really have to start to wonder what happened to the former first round draft pick who electrified the league a few years back.
It’s hard to remember, but Martin averaged 4.6 YPC back in 2012 as he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 11 TD. Injuries and poor offensive line play were a factor last season, but he simply needs to find a way to be better. For now he should continue to get the opportunity to prove the talent is still there, but that may not last much longer.
Verdict – Hold ‘Em (for now)
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