The Packers activated running back DuJuan Harris from the active/PUP list on Monday, but don’t kid yourself into thinking he’s slated to become the starter in Green Bay. Late last week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that he viewed Harris as his starter, but the chances that the coach would start Harris over Eddie Lacy are slim to silly.
The Packers broke the bank during the offseason by drafting Eddie Lacy out of Alabama in the second round and picking up Johnathan Franklin in the fourth. Lacy has impressed the Packers coaching staff throughout the preseason and is the clear-cut favorite to start in Green Bay. Why McCarthy would try to push this “DuJuan Harris” fairy tale on anyone is a mystery.
Lacy hasn’t been on the field since he suffered a hamstring injury last Wednesday and is expected to miss his second straight preseason game, but none of this should have any impact on his playing status unless the team is hiding a more serious injury.
Some fantasy owners may find it difficult to blow off the words of the head coach, but that’s exactly what you should do in this situation.
The upside for Lacy far out weighs the confusing rhetoric coming from the Packer’s camp. Franklin seems to still have some sort of fantasy value and is being drafted in most 12 team leagues in the 11th round. Until Harris can show fantasy owners something in practice, he’s still worth little more than a waiver wire pick up.