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Eddie Lacy keeps James Starks at bay

by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) Though Packers running James Starks impressed as a change-of-pace option and, later, injury fill-in for starter Eddie Lacy in Week 14, he was back to playing strictly a backup role with Lacy full-go Week 15 at Buffalo, rushing four times for 19 yards.

And really, you should have expected as much. Week 14 was Lacy's third game in four with at least 90 rushing yards. He has not just one touchdown, but two, in three of his last five. He's back to being the first-round back you drafted him to be.

Starks, with his average of 4.2 yards per carry, is a fine handcuff option, and you certainly weren't wrong to add him given the concern over Lacy's hip, but yeah, Lacy is here to stay, putting up stud numbers even against a Bills defense that entered the day ranked eighth against the run.

Packers receive contributions from several role players vs. Bills

by Igor Mello |
(12/14/2014) The Packers received contributions from several role players during Sunday's defeat to the Bills in Week 15.

Backup running back James Starks rushed for 19 yards on four carries and caught one of three targets for 10 yards. Andrew Quarless and Davante Adams were each targeted four times but finished with only one grab. Quarless caught one pass for a 7-yard gain, while Adams came down with a 6-yard reception. Jarrett Boykin and Richard Rodgers were each held without a grab.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy's status for Sunday remains unceratin

by Igor Mello |
(12/12/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy's status for Sunday's game remains uncertain, reports the Press-Gazette Media on Thursday. Lacy has been a limited participant in practice this week due to a hip injury he suffered Monday night against Atlanta.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the week that Green Bay will be cautious with their second-year back moving forward. If he's unable to play, the team will turn to James Starks for the start.

"It all depends on how my body feels," Lacy said. "If I can go out and play through that pain without setting the team back or putting the team at a disadvantage, I'll go out and do that. If not, then I'm not going to risk that."

James Starks' worth hinges on Eddie Lacy's health

by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/9/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy was cruising against the Falcons in Week 14, piling up 106 total yards on 13 carries and five catches, when a bruised hip forced him out of the game in the fourth quarter.

And by forced, I mean forced. In his own words, "I tried, but no."

Which allowed backup running back James Starks to ice the game with a 41-yard run on the team's next and final drive. That's where he got the majority of his 75 rushing yards. He also got four of his 10 carries on that one drive.

Which isn't to say he was an afterthought before then. He got six carries and two catches and even scored the teams' first touchdown of the day on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. But is he explosive enough to make an impact in Fantasy with only 8-10 touches? He hadn't been before Week 14.

That's why I think Lacy will actually have to miss time with this hip injury for Starks to be worth your while in Fantasy, and at this early stage of preparation for Week 15 at Buffalo, he says he won't. Obviously, Starks is worth adding just in case, but you shouldn't get your hopes up.

Eddie Lacy, James Starks combine for 207 yards, 3 TDs

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/9/2014) Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks enjoyed similarly productive efforts in Monday's win over Atlanta. Lacy ran 13 times for 73 yards (5.6 ypc) and a touchdown, while Starks carried 10 times for 75 yards (7.5 ypc) and a score.

Lacy caught five of nine targets for 33 yards and another touchdown, while Starks secured both his targets for 26 yards.

Lacy has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in six straight games and he's up to 11 total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in four consecutive games.

Starks, his backup, received double-digit carries for only the second time this season as Green Bay played with a big lead most of the night.

They'll both visit the Bills in Week 15.

Packers backup pass catchers do little Week 13

by Chris Cwik |
(11/30/2014) The Packers backup pass catchers did little Week 13 against the Patriots. 

Richard Rodgers had the biggest impact, picking up a 32 yard score in the first quarter. He finished with two catches for 35 yards. Running back James Starks had a bigger impact in the passing game, hauling in two catches for 34 yards. He had one rush, gaining 2 yards. Tight end Andrew Quarless also had two catches, but finished with 17 yards. Jarrett Boykin had one catch, picking up 6 yards. 

The group will look for more Week 14 against the Falcons. 

Packers RB James Starks has one carry Week 12

by Chris Cwik |
(11/23/2014) Packers running back James Starks had just one carry Week 12 against the Vikings.

Starks lost four yards on the carry and fumbled. The Packers were able to recover the ball, but Starks did not receive another opportunity during the contest.

He'll look for more Week 13 against the Patriots. 

Packers get offensive contributions

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/16/2014) The Packers got a slew of contributions in their Week 11 blowout of the Eagles. Among them, tight end Andrew Quarless caught both his targets for 35 yards, and tight end Richard Rodgers had a 19-yard grab.

Running back James Starks carried eight times for 9 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. Fullback John Kuhn added a 3-yard carry.

Backup quarterback Matt Flynn completed both his attempts for 26 yards. They'll all visit Minnesota in Week 12.

Packers RB James Starks active against Saints

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/26/2014) Packers running back James Starks, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active for Sunday night's game in New Orleans. He'll back up Eddie Lacy as usual.

Quartet of Packers on Friday injury report

by Marty Gitlin |
(10/24/2014) The Packers have placed four players on their Friday injury report - and each has a different designation. Included are defensive backs Sam Shields (knee), who is doubtful, and questionable Morgan Burnett (calf). Green Bay is preparing to play at New Orleans on Sunday night.

Defensive end Datone Jones has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Running back James Starks is also dealing with an ankle issue, but he is probable.

Packers RB James Starks able to practice Thursday

by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/23/2014) Packers running back James Starks was back on the practice field Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to an ankle injury he suffered Week 7. The Packers are preparing to face the Saints in Week 8.

Packers RB James Starks sits out

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/22/2014) Packers running back James Starks, who left Sunday's win over Carolina with an ankle injury, did not practice Wednesday, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. His status for Sunday's game at New Orleans is uncertain.

Packers RB James Starks departs with ankle injury

by Igor Mello |
(10/19/2014) Packers running back James Starks scored his first touchdown of the season but had to leave Sunday's game against the Panthers with an ankle injury.

Starks ripped a 13-yard run, barreling into the end zone to give his team a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter. He sustained the injury in the third quarter and was ruled questionable to return to the game. He had seven carries for 36 yards and a score before leaving the game.

Packers RB James Starks steps up in fourth quarter vs. Miami

by Igor Mello |
(10/12/2014) Packers running back James Starks made his presence felt in the late stages of Sunday's win over the Dolphins in Week 6.

Starks racked up 40 of his 42 total yards in the fourth quarter, including 23 yards on the final drive which resulted in a game-winning touchdown to Andrew Quarless with three seconds remaining the game. He finished the game with eight carries for 31 yards and caught two of five targets for 11 yards in a 27-24 victory.

The Packers will host the Panthers in Week 7.

Packers' James Starks rushes for 46 yards in Week 5

by Igor Mello |
(10/3/2014) Packers running back James Starks alternated series with his running mate Eddie Lacy early on and then saw a healthy dose of reps in mop-up duty in Week 4.

Starks ripped a 17-yard run in the third quarter for his longest gain of the night. He took 12 handoffs for 46 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt. He caught all two of his targets for 2 yards in a 42-10 victory.

The Packers will travel to Miami for a Week 6 showdown against the Dolphins.

Mike McCarthy blames himself for overlooking James Starks

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/30/2014) Packers coach Mike McCarthy was upset with himself for not getting running back James Starks a single carry in the Week 4 win at Chicago. "That shouldn't have happened," McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "James Starks should touch the football every single game."

Starks is averaging 5.0 yards on his 15 carries this season.

Packers backup rushers do little Week 3

by Chris Cwik |
(9/21/2014) The Packers backup running did little Week 3 against the Lions.

James Starks actually led the team in rushing despite receiving just eight carries. He gained 38 yards. DuJuan Harris also got three carries, but only gained 2 yards. 

They'll take on the Bears Week 4. 

James Starks leads the way for Packers

by Chris Cwik |
(9/5/2014) Packers running back James Starks wound up leading the team in rushing Thursday against the Seahawks.

Starks didn’t see a lot of work, but made the most of his opportunities. He carried the ball seven times for 37 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per rush. Starks also caught two passes for 11 yards. Eddie Lacy left the game late in the fourth quarter, allowing Starks to get one drive where he was the featured runner. After the game, it was revealed Lacy is dealing with a concussion.

Starks will take on the Jets Week 2.

DuJuan Harris pushing James Starks for No. 2 spot

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/26/2014) Packers running back DuJuan Harris played so well Friday against the Raiders that he's now pushing James Starks for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Harris rushed 12 times for 56 yards and caught passes of 31 and 11 yards.

"That's a question that has yet to be determined," running backs coach Sam Gash said of the pecking order behind Eddie Lacy. "We're still going through the process."

Added offensive coordinator Tom Clements: "Obviously, Eddie's our top runner. After that, we're going to mix guys in there and see where it goes."

James Starks strikes paydirt in exhibition game

by Igor Mello |
(8/9/2014) With Eddie Lacy sidelined, Packers running back James Starks got the start and found the end zone during Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans at LP Field.

Starks broke a 20-yard touchdown run with 10:34 remaining in the first quarter. He had six carries for 49 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. Starks is expected to serve as Lacy's backup heading into the start of the season.

Packers re-sign James Starks for two years

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/18/2014) The Packers re-signed running back James Starks to a two-year deal, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Starks had drawn interest from three other teams, but opted to stay in Green Bay as a complement to Eddie Lacy.

Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry last season, gaining 493 yards. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Report: James Starks closing in on two-year deal with Green Bay

by Igor Mello |
(3/17/2014) The Packers are interested in bringing back free agent running back James Starks, according to ESPN. Both sides appear to be closing in on a two-year deal.

Starks rushed for 493 yards with three rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry last season. He also had 10 receptions, including one for a touchdown. He'll wind up in a crowded backfield with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.

James Starks to visit Steelers

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/16/2014) Free agent running back James Starks will visit the Steelers on Monday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry with the Packers last season.

In Pittsburgh, he'd back up second-year back Le'Veon Bell.

James Starks primed to bust out

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/2/2014) When it comes to running backs -- as Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard preaches – it’s all about touches. That's why it's exciting to think about James Starks in 2014.

The Packers would love him back, but they'll get outbid by needier teams. Potential landing spots include the Giants, Browns and Titans, assuming Chris Johnson is released. New York makes sense as Starks hails from Niagara Falls, played college ball at Buffalo and is familiar with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo from their time in Green Bay.

Even in a timeshare, Starks would draw far more than the 89 carries he had last year.

Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry and ranked seventh with 0.46 Fantasy points per opportunity -- the number of points per carries and pass routes run, per Pro Football Focus. He forced 22 missed tackles on 99 touches, the fourth-best rate among RBs with fewer than 100 touches.

Starks turns 28 this month but has little tread on his tires. He showed a burst last season that reminded us of the back who ran for 415 yards in Green Bay's four-game run to the Super Bowl title.

“James Starks is definitely someone I look at as a starter and the ability to run as many times in a football game as needed,” coach Mike McCarthy said after Starks totaled 168 yards from scrimmage Week 2 vs. Washington.

Report: Packers interested in bringing back James Starks

by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/21/2014) It appears the Packers are interested in re-signing impending free agent James Starks, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. However, Green Bay could easily be outbid for Starks, who at age 27 is coming off his best season.

Starks averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on 99 touches. If the Packers retain him, Starks would again find himself in a crowded backfield with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.