In week one, Ryan Grant was Green Bay's starting runnin...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - [Full Article]

In week one, Ryan Grant was Green Bay's starting running back against New Orleans. But after two series, it became the James Starks show.

The Packers decided before the game that Starks would play in most spread formations. That's the main reason why Starks finished with 45 snaps compared with Grant's 16. Starks carried 12 times, Grant carried nine.

All of John Kuhn's 21 snaps came at fullback in two-back sets. Rookie Alex Green didn't play from scrimmage.

Green Bay running backs coach Jerry Fontenot said Starks got the nod over Grant in spread sets because of "his ability to run in space" and "his ability to digest what the defense is giving us and being able to pass protect."

Although Starks gave up a fourth-quarter sack, Fontenot said that it probably was fair to say that he was more dependable in protection than Grant at this point. Starks' edge in protection isn't reading defenses but actually blocking a rusher, Fontenot said.

Fontenot said he wasn't sure how playing time would be divided Sunday in Carolina.

Fantasy Impact: 

This provides more evidence as to why Starks is the better fantasy player right now.

Filed Under: 2011, W2

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