NFL fantasy football: Eddie Lacy plans to play Week 1

Lacy could face competition: If the draft is any indication, the Green Bay Packers are serious about shoring up their weak run game after selecting Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. While it creates a logjam in the backfield with DuJuan HarrisJames Starks and Alex Green, the rookie from Alabama expects to see work when the seasons starts. It’s not hard to believe that Lacy will be given every chance to play right away, but he’ll likely have to fight for touches with so many other options on the depth chart. It could be some time before we sort out how this committee plays out.

Hopkins could start for Texans: In need of a receiver to pair with Andre Johnson, the Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins. The team already has high hopes for the Clemson product, with head coach Gary Kubiak expecting immediate production. That should give Hopkins fantasy value a boost. He’ll come off the board in the later rounds as a No. 4 option in plenty of leagues. But in an offense that has been relatively productive in recent years, there’s potential for Hopkins to be a sleeper.

Bucs confident in Stocker?: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect to lose tight end Dallas Clark after one season but did nothing in the draft to replace him. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the team could turn to Luke Stocker to be the pass catcher in the middle of the field. Stocker had just 16 catches last season, but he also had only 27 targets. Compare that to Clark’s 75 targets last season. If the third-year man can see attention similar to that, he has the potential to be a quality No. 2 tight end option for many fantasy owners.

— Marcas Grant
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