After several weeks of training camp and preseason games, the muddy waters of some NFL backfields are starting to settle. Data below from recent ADP shows who is winning in these situations.
Eddy Lacy vs. Jonathan Franklin
In the camp battle in Green Bay between rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, Lacy has clearly pulled ahead. Lacy was hovering as a solid mid-fifth round pick in a standard 12 team draft until the last few weeks. Now, he's jumped almost a full round to the fourth round. Meanwhile, Franklin has fallen from the tenth round to the twelfth round.
Lacy's rise has been primarily due to his play in preseason games, where he has turned in solid performances with a 5.0 yards/carry average. Although DuJuan Harris remains listed as #1 on the depth chart, Lacy has looked good. It's only a matter of time before Lacy is officially named the starter.
Daryl Richardson vs. Isaiah Pead
Another interesting battle has been in St. Louis where Daryl Richardson's stock is rising and he's pulling away from Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy. Richardson rose from the seventh to the late fifth round while Pead and Stacy have each fallen two full rounds since late July to the 12th and 13th rounds respectively.
Richardson has already locked in the starting position for Week 1, but don't count out Pead and the unproven Stacy yet. They could carve a role later in the season if Richardson stumbles.
Keep your eye on these camps. A little healthy competition between teammates can be motivational.
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