by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/4/13) The Packers have an especially favorable matchup Week 14 against Atlanta. The Falcons defense has struggled in all aspects, but especially against the run, allowing the third-most yards per game. They've given up the sixth-most Fantasy points to running backs.
Theoretically, that's good news for Packers backup running back James Starks, who has had his weeks of Fantasy relevance even with starter Eddie Lacy healthy. But unfortunately, none of those have come with Aaron Rodgers sidelined by a broken collarbone.
As you'd expect, the Packers offense is much more productive with its starting quarterback under center. In the games started by Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn, Starks has never gotten more than four carries.
If the Packers pull away even with a backup quarterback, Starks will be a sneaky play in deeper Fantasy leagues, but you shouldn't count on that happening.
James Starks delivers two yards
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/28/13) Packers backup running back James Starks played sparingly against the Lions on Thanksgiving and had just 2 yards on two carries. Starks will look for a little more work behind starter Eddie Lacy in Week 14 vs. the Falcons.
James Starks limited to four touches Week 12
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/24/13) Packers backup running back James Starks touched the ball only four times during a 26-all tie Week 12 vs. Minnesota. Starks rushed for 37 yards on three carries, while adding one catch for minus-5 yards.
Starks' first touch didn't come until Green Bay was trailing 20-7 in the third quarter, but it was worth the wait as he rushed for 34 yards. Starks would touch the ball twice more on the drive, but he didn't get another touch until Eddie Lacy left the game in overtime because he took a shot to the ribs.
The Packers' next game is on Thursday (Week 13) at Detroit.
James Starks could be desperation play Week 12
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/19/13) If there is one opponent Packers running back James Starks likes to see on the schedule, it has to be NFC North foe Minnesota since some of the best games in his career have come against the Vikings.
Starks has totaled 261 rushing yards against Minnesota, which is a career high against one opponent, and is averaging 65.3 rushing yards in four career wins against the Vikings. Starks rushed for 57 yards and one touchdown on seven carries during a 44-31 win Week 8 at Minnesota.
Running backs have had good success against Minnesota. They are averaging 88 rushing yards, 56.1 receiving yards and 20.6 Fantasy points per week, which is tied for the fifth-highest average. Running backs have totaled 10 rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns against Minnesota.
Starks had a good run earlier this season, but he's tailed off recently with the emergence of Eddie Lacy. He hasn't had more than seven carries in his last four games. If Starks doesn't break a long run or touchdown, then he's likely going to have poor numbers. Consider him just a bye-week Fantasy desperation option Week 12.
Packers get minor contributions from James Starks, John Kuhn
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (11/17/13) The Packers received minor contributions from a couple of role players during Sunday's loss to the Giants in Week 11.
Backup running back James Starks had only two carries for minus-2 yards. Fullback John Kuhn broke for a 12-yard run on the final play of the game. He rushed for 12 yards on one handoff and had three catches for 11 yards in a 27-13 defeat.
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James Starks made the Packers' final roster and should participate minimally in games this year. He's had opportunities to play a significant role in the offense before but injuries and slow running have kept him from being a Fantasy factor. Now the Packers have all but cemented his future by drafting Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. We wouldn't draft Starks outside of with a very, very late pick. (Updated 8/31/13)