James Starks, RB Green Bay Packers

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Packers Beat: Team capable of turning to run game

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 8:20am

ESPN - [Full Article]

If you don't think of Eddie Lacy and James Starks as one of the best running back duos in the NFL, you probably should.

Consider this: They're the only twosome who played together the last two seasons and totaled more than 3,000 rushing yards where the No. 2 back -- in this case Starks -- had at least 800 of those yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

So if the Green Bay Packers want to rely more on their running game to make up for the season-ending knee injury that Jordy Nelson sustained in Sunday's preseason game at Pittsburgh, then coach Mike McCarthy and play-caller Tom Clements certainly have that option.

Fantasy Impact:

While Lacy has been the workhorse, rushing for 2,317 yards combined in his first two NFL seasons, Starks' total of 826 yards the last two seasons has helped the Packers rank sixth in the league in rushing yards during that stretch. This could be great news for Lacy's fantasy value, but it also may give some value to Starks in deeper formats.

2015 Strength of Schedule - GB
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
23
@CHI
3
SEA
16
KC
15
@SF
5
STL
13
SD
BYE7
@DEN
14
@CAR
11
DET
27
@MIN
23
CHI
11
@DET
20
DAL
28
@OAK
1
@ARI
27
MIN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1SEA737005.29211035.5025/6240%
2NYJ0000-0000-4/716%
3DET838004.750001-19/5336%
4CHI0000-0000-1/522%
5MIN1246003.8322021.0027/5450%
6MIA831003.88211055.5038/8048%
7CAR736105.1417017.0011/5819%
8NO25002.500001-14/6821%
9BYE------------
10CHI510002.000001-10/6715%
11PHI89001.12217028.5020/6829%
12MIN1-400-4.000001-4/656%
13NE12002.002340217.0010/7314%
14ATL1075107.502260213.0022/6832%
15BUF419004.751100310.0015/7121%
16TB73000.43422055.5029/7439%
17DET526005.200000-11/6617%
Totals85333203.92181400297.78260/105025%

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