James Starks Fantasy News

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (rib, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Lacy was seen holding his ribs after scoring a touchdown against the Cardinals. As long as he’s productive, he should see a good workload against the Vikings, but a hard hit on the ribs could lead to more touches for James Starks.

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (rib) took limited practice reps again Thursday. This is a new injury for Lacy who had a disappointing outing against the Raiders in Week 15. If he’s out, James Starks would move into our top 20.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Lacy will play against the Vikings this week, but HC Mike McCarthy confirmed that James Starks is still going to start the first series and then the two backs will likely rotate with the Packers hoping to ride the proverbial “hot hand.”

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Lacy will probably be able to play against the Vikings this week, but HC Mike McCarthy confirmed that James Starks is still going to start. The two backs will likely rotate with the Packers riding the proverbial “hot hand.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Lacy will probably be able to play against the Vikings this week, but HC Mike McCarthy confirmed that James Starks is still going to start. The two backs will likely rotate with the Packers riding the proverbial “hot hand.”

Packers HC Mike McCarthy confirms James Starks is still the starter

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 1:26pm

Rob Demovsky, Twitter - [Full Article]

ESPN's Rob Demovsky:

Mike McCarthy: "[Eddie Lacy] will go second again this week." ... So James Starks is still the #Packers starting RB.

Fantasy Impact:

Starks missed an opportunity to seize hold of the RB1 job with a subpar rushing performance against the Lions, though he did major damage as a receiver. Lacy was inactive with a groin injury, but may be able to play this week.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. Lacy is dealing with a groin injury, but should be able to play against the Lions. It appears that the Packers are planning to use James Starks as their lead back, since Mike McCarthy said that Starks is the “No. 1 back right now.”

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Lacy is dealing with a groin injury, but should be able to play against the Lions. It appears that the Packers are planning to use James Starks as their lead back, since Mike McCarthy said that Starks is the “No. 1 back right now.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Lacy is dealing with a groin injury, but should be able to play against the Lions. It appears that the Packers are planning to use James Starks as their lead back, since Mike McCarthy said that Starks is the “No. 1 back right now.”

McCarthy: James Starks is the 'No. 1 back right now'

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 12:55pm

PFT - [Full Article]

James Starks is officially the Packers’ No. 1 running back.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters today that the team views Starks, and not Eddie Lacy, as the top back heading into Sunday’s game against the Lions.

“I would say James is our No. 1 back right now going into Detroit,” McCarthy said. “He’s earned that opportunity. We’ll stay with a 1-2 punch.”

That’s a disappointment for Lacy, who has started seven games this year and not long ago was viewed as one of the best running backs in the NFL. But it’s hard to argue against the move, given the players’ production this year: Starks has 78 carries for 334 yards, while Lacy has 83 carries for 308 yards. Neither player has been great this year, but Starks has been better.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Starks will get the start and has earned the opportunity to touch the ball more than Lacy. Lacy is dealing with a groin injury, and should play, but given McCarthy's comments we feel confident about ranking Starks in our top 20. Lacy should be benched on the hopes that he re-emerges as the team's RB1.

Packers Beat: Team doesn't view Eddie Lacy as workhorse back

Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s clear the Green Bay Packers no longer view Eddie Lacy as their workhorse running back.

Even without his latest injury, a groin problem that prevented him from finishing Sunday’s 37-29 loss at the Carolina Panthers, Lacy had lost his hold on that job. Coach Mike McCarthy has been operating under a platoon system ever since Lacy sprained his ankle in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.

At this point, James Starks is the better back.

Fantasy Impact:

But the Packers rushed for a season-low 71 yards on 19 carries. Starks gave the Packers a boost in the passing game, catching six passes for 83 yards (including gains of 30 and 29 yards – the latter for a touchdown – on screen passes), but he managed only 39 yards on 10 carries. Lacy is also now dealing with a groin injury.

Bears Beat: 'It would be a surprise' if RB Jeremy Langford doesn't see 20 carries in Week 9

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bears beat writer Jeff Dickerson:

San Diego is the perfect opponent for RB Jeremy Langford. With Langford's role about to increase in the aftermath of Matt Forte's knee injury, the rookie will go up against the Chargers' 27th-ranked rushing defense (124.4) on Monday night. San Diego has allowed four tailbacks to rush for more than 100 yards through eight games -- James Starks, Le'Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson and Giovani Bernard. The Bears have gone out of their way to publicly praise Langford this week, despite the rookie playing just 73 snaps in seven games. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase begins installing the game plan for San Diego on Thursday. It would be a surprise if Langford carries the ball fewer than 20 times on Monday in Southern California.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Langford for around 18 carries, but if he doesn't run well early, don't be shocked if Antone Smith gets a chance. Smith was highly productive on limited touches while in Atlanta. Langford should run well early, however, given the matchup against the Chargers, who are last in the league in RB aFPA.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Packers RB James Starks (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 8. Starks has looked good in practice, per HC Mike McCarthy, who added, “hope he plays.” If Starks can’t play, it should lead to a big workload for Eddie Lacy, who hasn’t had a good/great fantasy outing since Week 1. The Packers play in the Sunday night game this week.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Packers RB James Starks (hip) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. If Starks can’t play, it should lead to a big workload for Eddie Lacy, who hasn’t had a good fantasy outing since Week 1.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:45pm

Packers RB James Starks (hip) did not practice Wednesday. If Starks can’t play, it should lead to a big workload for Eddie Lacy, who hasn’t had a good/great fantasy outing since Week 1.

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