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Cheese Curds, 7/1: Will Eddie Lacy have bounce-back year for fantasy football players?

Is fantasy football culture feeding the obsession over Lacy's weight?

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For the Green Bay Packers, arguably the most over-hyped storyline of the offseason has been Eddie Lacy's weight. From the P90X reports to people snapping pictures during OTAs, the saga has gone on long enough, and it's nearly time to put it behind us and just move on to training camp.

The Packers themselves are just concerned about Lacy getting back to being the productive running back that he was in 2013 and 2014, as fans should be. Meanwhile, fantasy football players - particularly fans of other NFL teams - are probably also following this narrative with a different thing in mind: their fantasy teams' success. While Lacy was a consensus top-five fantasy draft pick last season, he did not live up to that billing. Of course, with more consistent on-field success will come better fantasy numbers, so if the big back shows up in shape and nimble, everyone should be happy.

We get one of our first fantasy previews of the summer in today's Cheese Curds, along with much more about Lacy, the Vikings rivalry, and other topics.

Eddie Lacy hopes to return to promising form |
Rob Reischel is back for Packer Plus to preview the roster, and the running backs get the early treatment. He also looks at Aaron Ripkowski and the power he shows as a lead blocker.

Big stage set for Packers, Vikings |
While we're looking at the offseasons for the Packers' opponents this week and next, the Press-Gazette is doing an early look at the matchups between the teams and the preview of the Vikings is a good one.

Fantasy football X factors for Vikings, Packers, Lions and Bears - ESPN
It's time to start thinking about fantasy football and draft prep - ESPN breaks down some of the big storylines and movers in the NFC North.

How the Packers catered to kids |
Team historian Cliff Christl looks at the situation around Mike Holmgren's departure. It's easy to say that he should have just waited around for Ron Wolf's retirement, but when he left it was not imminent.

Right tackles are becoming more important in the NFL, but they still fall short of left tackles -
There's over a $3 million wage gap between the top left tackles and the top right tackles, but defenses have been attacking the right side of the line more frequently in recent years, necessitating good pass-blocking skills on both sides.

Cowboys' Rolando McClain suspended 10 games by NFL -
I remember a small rumbling of support among Packers fans for signing McClain this offseason in free agency - you can bet this was one reason why the Packers didn't appear to make any overtures to the linebacker.