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James Starks strikes paydirt in exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


James Starks could be ideal fit for Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) Former Packers featured back James Starks could be a natural fit with the Giants, the Newark Star Ledger has speculated.

Starks played for new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and will be available in free agency. He lost his starting spot to rookie Eddy Lacy, but continued to perform well when given the opportunity. He rushed for 493 yards on 89 carries for a 5.5 yards-per-carry average. He is also a New York State native.


Packers, James Starks expected to part ways


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) Running back James Starks, who had some big moments in 2013, isn't expected to return to the Packers in 2014, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Starks "is going to get a good offer somewhere, and the Packers aren't going to be able to match it," the paper said, adding Starks "ran like a brute when he did get the ball."

Starks ran for 493 yards and a touchdown, averaging a career-high 5.5 yards per carry, and caught 10 passes for 89 yards and a score despite missing three games with a knee injury. He declined to speculate on free agency, saying, "I'll leave that to my agent. That's out of my control."

Green Bay could move forward with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.


James Starks 'fresh and anxious when he gets in there'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Despite playing in the shadow of rookie Eddie Lacy, Packers running back James Starks is a key cog in the offense. Coordinator Tom Clements believes the running game is at its best when Lacy and Starks form a 1-2 punch, especially with Lacy battling a bum ankle, reports the team's website.

“When he’s gotten his opportunities, he’s been very productive,” Clements said of Starks. “He’s run very hard. He’s fresh and anxious when he gets in there, and he’s done an outstanding job.”

The duo combined for 282 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games. In Week 17 at Chicago, Starks ran 11 times for 88 yards, including a season-long 41-yarder. Look for Starks to get significant touches again Sunday vs. San Francisco.


James Starks shares load with Eddie Lacy in Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Packers running back James Starks shared the load with Eddie Lacy and fell just 12 yards shy of his second 100-yard game of the season in Week 17 at Chicago.

With the NFC North title on the line, Starks came up with 88 yards on 11 carries, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. He also had one catch for 7 yards in a 33-28 victory, clinching a playoff spot for Green Bay. Starks finished the regular season with 493 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

James Starks comes to rescue against Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Packers needed production on the ground Sunday against visiting Pittsburgh after sensational rookie running back Eddie Lacy left early in the fourth quarter with an injury. And they got it from James Starks.

Starks finished with 47 yards on 10 carries, his finest effort since Week 2 against Washington. He contributed 26 yards on four attempts in a fourth-quarter drive that tied the game at 31-31. He added a catch for 23 yards.

He will take over as the featured back if Lacy is unable to play next Sunday against the Bears.


One of two backs tallies for Packers on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Packers running back James Starks was the biggest of the small contributors Sunday in Dallas. He managed just one catch, but it was an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that nearly completed a comeback from a 23-point halftime deficit. Starks added three carries for 12 yards.

Fellow running back John Kuhn chipped in with one reception, but it lost a yard.


James Starks does little with carries


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Though he was primarily a change-of-pace option for Eddie Lacy against the Falcons in Week 14, Packers backup running back James Starks got a chance to carry the load for a couple series when Lacy was having his ankle taped up early in the second half, rushing three times for 10 yards.

In all, he rushed seven times for 19 yards. The seven carries were the most he's had since Week 8 at Minnesota.

The Packers visit the Cowboys in Week 15.


James Starks a long shot despite matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2013) 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
(11/28/2013) 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
(11/24/2013) 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
(11/19/2013) 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
(11/17/2013) 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.

James Starks scores again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Packers backup running back James Starks had an impressive touchdown run for the second straight week. In the first quarter vs. Chicago, Starks burst through a massive hole for a 32-yard score.

He finished with 40 yards on six carres but was not targeted in the passing game. Starks plays the Eagles in Week 10.


James Starks a sneaky flex play Week 9


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Packers running back James Starks is averaging 6.0 yards on 41 carries this season. After he returned from a knee injury Week 8 and ripped off 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, coach Mike McCarthy made a point of saying Starks needs more opportunities.

Starks will back up Eddie Lacy against Chicago. The Bears rank 25th against the run (117.3 yards per game) and have yielded nine touchdowns in seven games to opposing backs. Starks could get 10-12 touches, especially considering Lacy carried a season-high 29 times last week.

CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writers Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank Starks 33rd and 38th respectively among running backs this week. He's a sneaky flex play Monday night.


Mike McCarthy wants to get James Starks more carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Packers coach Mike McCarthy loved the way James Starks ran against the Vikings and said he wants to get Starks more carries going forward. Starks ran seven times for 57 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown, in his return from a knee injury.

"I thought he jumped in there and made an impact,' McCarthy said. "He was running downhill."

McCarthy also praised starting running back Eddie Lacy, who carried 29 times for 94 yards and a touchdown.


James Starks very sharp in return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Packers running back James Starks returned Week 8 after missing three straight games with a knee injury and did a great job in relief of Eddie Lacy. Starks ran seven times for 57 yards (8.1 yards per carry) against the Vikings, including a 25-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

It was his second rushing score this season. Starks, who showed no effects from the layoff or the injury, might have earned himself more carries in Week 9 against Chicago.


James Starks returns against Vikings


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Packers running back James Starks, who's missed three straight games with a knee injury, is active for the game at Minnesota. Starks practiced fully last week and was listed as probable.

James Starks ready to make his return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Packers running back James Starks (knee) is set to make his return in Week 8 against the Vikings, after missing three games as a result of his injury. Starks was able to practice without limitation throughout the week, and is officially listed on Friday's injury report as probable. 

James Starks looking good in practice


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Packers running back James Starks was able to practice in full yet again Thursday, as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Starks is attempting to return from a three-game absence as a result of the injury. He has yet to be limited by the injury in his two days of practice, and could make his return in Week 8 against the Vikings.