James Starks Fantasy News
Eddie Lacy reinjures ankle
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:11pm
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.
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Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:54pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 11:07am
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.
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
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.”
Aaron Rodgers to miss 'about 3 weeks'
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:08pm
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
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."
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
James Jones officially OUT for Packers
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:10pm