James Starks Fantasy News

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:17pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that rookie RB Johnathan Franklin is still recovering from a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve late in the year.

Fantasy Impact:

McCarthy added that Franklin did not undergo surgery and he only knows a limited amount about his rehab because he hasn't met with the doctors lately. Franklin is still third on the depth chart behind Eddie Lacy and resigned James Starks.

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Packers re-sign James Starks to a two-year deal
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:45am

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - [Full Article]

Free agent running back James Starks has re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal, a source confirmed late Monday night.

Late last season, he was used in tandem with rookie Eddie Lacy, a 1-2 punch the Packers would probably like to continue into 2014. Starks finished the 2013 season with 493 yards on 89 attempts, good for a whopping 5.5 average.

Fantasy Impact:

Starks likely backs up Lacy again in 2014. He was effective as a change-of-pace back last season and can carry the load in short stints when called upon.

Eddie Lacy reinjures ankle
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The ankle injury that has bothered Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was problematic again on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lacy left the game in the third quarter.

He first sprained his right ankle on the final play of the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 8.

When he left the game, Lacy had 84 yards on 15 carries. He came into the game needing 78 yards to set the franchise record for rushing yards by a rookie running back. He broke John Brockington’s record of 1,105 yards that was set in 1971.

Fantasy Impact:

James Starks replaced Lacy. The only other running back on the Packers’ roster is Kahlil Bell. Week 17 the Packers play at Bears who struggle to stop the run, so Starks is a smart pickup if you're playing for something.

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Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:54pm

Packers on Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers HC Mike McCarthy said RB Eddie Lacy has sprained ankle. Too early to tell for Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy played despite the injury so one would think his chances are still good for Week 15 against the Cowboys. If he can't go, James Starks would get a bulk of the work.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 11:07am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Since tearing through Cincinnati’s defense for 103 yards on 13 attempts, the Green Bay Packers’ other rookie running back, Johnathan Franklin, has a whopping six carries in seven games. He's only played two total snaps from the scrimmage the last four games. The team has said, practically weekly, that it’d like to get Franklin and James Starks involved more. Fumbles earlier in the season didn’t help Franklin’s cause.

But this week, running backs coach Alex Van Pelt maintained that the 5-foot-10, 205-pound fourth-rounder Franklin would get another shot at some point. He could offer a different dimension.

Fantasy Impact:

If you're a Franklin owner, he may have some future value, but for now, Eddie Lacy is the clear RB1 in the Pack's offense. Franklin's body type is different from that of Lacy and Starks, so it's possible Franklin could be a change-of-pace guy in upcoming games, but his fantasy value will still be limited in your typical league.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 11:04am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers RB coach Alex Van Pelt commented on Eddie Lacy's workload:

Ideally, “if you can do the perfect math,” Van Pelt said, Lacy would handle 20 carries, Starks five and Franklin five. It depends on the situation. If the game is on the line, Lacy “will be the one carrying the ball.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Pack isn't ruling out using Johnathan Franklin again at some point this season, due to a different body build than Lacy and James Starks. But, it's pretty clear Lacy is the RB1 in the Packers offense and has a pretty good matchup this week against the Vikings.

Aaron Rodgers to miss 'about 3 weeks'
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:08pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

More definitive scans today but initial tests showed small fracture in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' collarbone that could sideline him about three weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers non-throwing side appears to be the issue, but he's still expected to miss time. The target date based on the three-week timeline is Week 13, which is a Thursday game in Detroit on Thanksgiving, but that's an unofficial timetable. The Packers may not want to bring him back in a short week, so he may be out four games in that scenario. Seneca Wallace took over for Rodgers and it appears he'll at least play Week 10, a short week, against the Eagles, even though he wasn't impressive. (Keep in mind Matt Flynn will be available after he clears waivers at 4 p.m. Tuesday.) It's obviously another huge blow to the Packers' offense this season. Green Bay will likely continue to ride its running game with Eddie Lacy and James Starks, who looked great Monday night. But remember, it's also a downgrade for WRs Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin.

Packers look to get James Starks more involved
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:28am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy has been playing like a rookie of the year candidate. James Starks is healthy and running hard again.

Now the challenge for the Packers is finding the right balance, the right mixture of both.

They don't want to overwork the starter Lacy, who currently ranks fifth in carries per game. Green Bay will need the bruising rookie fresh down the stretch. And the Packers will also want to be careful with Starks, who has battled several injuries through his four-year career.

Lacy has asserted himself as a starter through 97 carries in four straight wins. But signs point to more of a balance than the 29/7 split Sunday night at Minnesota. And as the Packers often say, they'll be riding the "hot hand."

Fantasy Impact:

With WR Randall Cobb and TE Jermichael Finley out, and WR James Jones still a question, it's not a surprise that the Packers just want to run the ball a few more times and that means giving it Starks rather than increasing Lacy's carries. For now, Lacy should still be the RB1, but Starks looks like he's going to see a bump in value and may even be a flex option in deeper leagues going forward. If you own Lacy, Starks would be a good handcuff.

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:15pm

Packers Inactives
Jermichael Finley TE
Brad Jones ILB
James Jones WR
Clay Matthews OLB
James Nixon CB
Nick Perry OLB
Ryan Taylor TE

Fantasy Impact:

RB James Starks is active for Green Bay. He should see some touches behind Eddie Lacy.

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James Jones officially OUT for Packers
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:10pm

Packers Inactives
Casey Hayward CB
Brad Jones ILB
James Jones WR
Clay Matthews OLB
Nick Perry OLB
James Starks RB
Ryan Taylor TE

Fantasy Impact:

Jarrett Boykin & Myles White will fill in for James Jones. Randall Cobb is also out.