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Packers' James Starks: Opportunities fall off in Week 13


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/5/2016) Starks had four carries for one yard in Sunday's victory over the Texans.

Starks returned to action in Week 10 after missing a month with a knee injury and totaled 10, 14, and 22 touches, respectively, between Weeks 10-12, but both his opportunities and production came to a screeching halt against the Texans, as he was limited to just the four carries and was on the field for only seven snaps in all, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Starks was at least a viable fantasy option in November while he was getting the ball, but his usage Sunday -- as well as his season average of 2.3 yards per carry -- signals that his snaps, and likely his touches, will be limited moving forward. If that is indeed the case, expect Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael -- as they did in Week 13 -- to pick up the slack.


Packers' James Starks: Opportunities fall off in Week 13


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12/5/2016) Starks had four carries for one yard in Sunday's victory over the Eagles.

Starks returned to action in Week 10 after missing a month with a knee injury and totaled 10, 14, and 22 touches, respectively, between Weeks 10-12, but both his opportunities and production came to a screeching halt against the Texans, as he was limited to just the four carries and was on the field for only seven snaps in all, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Starks was at least a viable fantasy option in November while he was getting the ball, but his usage Sunday -- as well as his season average of 2.3 yards per carry -- signals that his snaps, and likely his touches, will be limited moving forward. If that is indeed the case, expect Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael -- as they did in Week 13 -- to pick up the slack.


Packers' James Starks: 17 rushes Monday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/29/2016) Starks ran 17 times for 41 yards and caught five passes (on five targets) for 27 yards in Monday night's win over the Eagles.

Starks once again struggled to find running lanes, as he's now averaged over 2.8 yards per carry in just one game this season. While that average isn't conducive to fantasy success, Starks at least got a season-high 17 carries Monday, as the Packers killed the clock with long drives late. Additionally, he caught all five passes thrown his way, accounting for a handful of receptions for the second straight game. Although his two-game touchdown streak was snapped Monday, Starks' Week 12 usage is at least encouraging ahead of this Sunday's matchup against the Texans.


Packers' James Starks: Receiving touchdown in loss to Redskins


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/21/2016) Starks carried nine times for 25 yards while catching five of six targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-24 loss to the Redskins.

Starks, who headed the backfield, received his second-highest number of touches this season, and although he could get little going on the ground he was effective enough as a pass-catcher to turn in a respectable fantasy performance. He appears to be locked in for double-digit touches as things presently stand and should remain involved both on the ground and through the air next week against he Eagles.


Packers' James Starks: Scores in first action since Week 5


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/13/2016) Starks (knee) rushed seven times for 33 yards, and caught three of four targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 47-25 loss at Tennessee.

Starks successfully made his return after being out since Week 5 due to knee surgery. He led the Packers backfield in both carries and receptions, but Green Bay had to abandon the run early after getting down 21-0 in the first quarter. Starks' only competition for touches at the moment is converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery, so the veteran running back's workload is expected to ramp up once he gets healthier.


Packers' James Starks: Active against Tennessee


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/13/2016) Starks (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Tennessee, ESPN's Rob Demovksy reports.

With Starks active, Don Jackson will not play. Starks will likely split carries with Ty Montgomery.


Packers' James Starks: Will be game-time decision


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/13/2016) Starks (knee) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Titans, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Starks, who is recovering from knee surgery, was limited in practice all week, and even if he is approved to play, it's unclear what kind of workload he will be given, especially with Ty Montgomery expected to continue getting plenty of work out of the Packers' backfield.


Packers' James Starks: Listed as questionable after limited practices


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/11/2016) Starks (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.

Starks practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, with head coach Mike McCarthy saying Friday that the veteran running back is close to a return. This could still come down to a game-time decision, and it's not entirely clear how much Starks will play even if he's available. McCarthy hinted that Ty Montgomery will likely retain a significant role out of the backfield.


Packers' James Starks: "Very close" to playing


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/11/2016) Head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday morning that Starks (knee) is "very close" to being ready to play.

Starks was able to practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday, and it seems he will have a chance to get back on the field this week if he is able to make it through the final session of the week without issue. The Packers will reveal Starks' official Week 10 status at some point following the conclusion of Friday's practice.


Packers' James Starks: Limited practice Wednesday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/9/2016) Starks (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

As expected, Starks was a limited participant, marking his third such showing dating back to last week. He's approaching the four-week mark from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, so there's a chance that he attempts a full practice either Thursday or Friday. Even if he achieves that end or (at the very least) is deemed active Sunday at Tennessee, he'll be faced with the prospect of a backfield headed by wideout-turned-running back Ty Montgomery, who head coach Mike McCarthy termed a three-down back Wednesday.


Packers' James Starks: Likely limited Wednesday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/9/2016) Starks (knee) is expected to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

As he did Thursday and Friday last week, Starks will fit in a capped session to kick off this one. Now embedded in the fourth week of his recovery from a torn meniscus, his next big test will be Thursday's padded practice, after which his activity level could give an indication that he's closing in on a return. No matter when he's cleared, Starks will likely be relegated to backup duties off the bat due to converted wideout Ty Montgomery's recent effectiveness out of the backfield.


Packers' James Starks: Ruled out for Sunday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/4/2016) Starks (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Still less than three weeks removed from meniscus surgery, Starks returned to practice as a limited participant Thursday and Friday, perhaps setting the stage for a Week 10 return -- which would be in line with his estimated four-week timetable. WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness) is expected to return from his own one-game absence to temporarily reclaim the lead-back role, with RB Don Jackson and FB Aaron RIpkowski potentially also chipping in. Starks could potentially displace Montgomery as soon as Week 10.


Packers' James Starks: Limited practice Thursday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/3/2016) Starks (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Starks fulfilled head coach Mike McCarthy's expectation of a limited practice, working in pads and longer than fellow long-time absentee Jared Cook (ankle), per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Only two-and-a-half weeks removed from surgery on a torn meniscus, Starks' presence is a welcome sight for a backfield bereft of depth with Eddie Lacy (ankle) and John Crockett (shoulder) on IR and fill-in Ty Montgomery working his way through a diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait. Starks was expected to log four weeks of recovery, though, so he may merely be approaching the final stretch rather than entering it.


Packers' James Starks: Ready to return to practice


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11/3/2016) Head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Starks (knee) will practice Thursday on a limited basis.

McCarthy did not provide any hints toward whether or not Starks could play this week, but his return to the practice field means he is nearing the end of his recovery from knee procedure he underwent in mid-October. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) on injured reserve and the Packers forced to use mainly wide receivers at the running back spot the last couple weeks, Starks could see plenty of action in the backfield once he is cleared for game action. Whether that is this week or down the road remains to be seen.


Packers' James Starks: Four-week absence expected


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/17/2016) Starks is expected to miss about four weeks following his knee surgery Sunday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.

Starks has been subject of conflicting reports since news of his surgery to repair a torn meniscus surfaced Sunday. Prior to Mike McCarthy vaguely saying Monday he anticipates a "quick" recovery from Starks, the veteran tailback was reportedly slated to miss "several" weeks. Given the latests news, it appears the latter outlook is closest to the mark and Stark will be sidelined for about a month, creating a significant absence in the Packers' offense. With starter Eddie Lacy (ankle) noticeably gimpy and no other running back on the current roster healthy, Green Bay may be forced to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad and use wideouts Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb more out of the backfield.


Packers' James Starks: Quick recovery anticipated


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/17/2016) Starks is expected by coach Mike McCarthy to make a quick recovery from his Sunday morning knee surgery, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

Starks missed Sunday's loss to the Cowboys after having his torn meniscus repaired and will almost certainly be sidelined for this Thursday's game versus the Bears as well, but McCarthy suggested Monday that the veteran should still be back relatively soon. That projection seemingly conflicts with previous reports that Starks could miss "several" weeks, leaving his situation somewhat murky at the moment. While the extended time off following Thursday's contest should help Starks' recovery, further information will be needed before his fantasy owners can shape a concrete expectation of when he'll be available.


Packers' James Starks: Has surgery on torn meniscus


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/16/2016) Starks is slated to sit "several" weeks after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus Sunday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

The Packers' backfield will be without its primary reserve for the foreseeable future, which will likely spur a round of workouts and a signing in the next few days. Of course, Eddie Lacy will receive the bulk of the RB touches, but a street free agent or practice squad member Don Jackson could soon be occupying Starks' typical role in the offense.


Packers' James Starks: Out with knee surgery


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/16/2016) Starks had knee surgery Sunday morning and will be out multiple weeks, Fox's Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning.

Starks went from being a possible free agent target to someone you need to cut in all but the deepest leagues. Eddie Lacy is the only healthy running back active Sunday morning.


Packers' James Starks: Downgraded to out


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/15/2016) Starks (knee/personal) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Starks had originally been listed as questionable for Sunday's contest after missing practices during the week. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) questionable for Sunday as well, Aaron Ripkowki may see a larger role as the only healthy backfield option.


Packers' James Starks: Considered questionable due to joint issues


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/14/2016) Starks (knee/personal) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

After missing Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, Starks left the team to attend to a personal matter, seemingly expected back by Saturday. Between the injury, the personal matter and the corresponding missed practice time, Starks would typically seem to be headed for an absence in this situation. However, starting RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is also listed as questionable, and the Packers don't have any other true running backs on their roster. Lacy did get in limited practices throughout the week, but he's likely still dealing with some soreness and also isn't accustomed to a three-down role. The team's lack of a roster addition does suggest Lacy and/or Starks will be available, though not necessarily at full strength. FB Aaron Ripkowski and WRs Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery are all candidates to take snaps in the backfield.


Packers' James Starks: Leaves team until Saturday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/13/2016) Starks, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, will be excused from the team until Saturday while attending to a personal issue.

As recently as a couple days ago it seemed that Starks could start in Week 6 with fellow running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) banged up, but Starks did not practice Wednesday due to a knee injury he suffered the day before, and it now appears he will not get in any work this week. Lacy's health has improved and he is trending toward playing Sunday, so Starks is seemingly looking at his typical reserve role if he takes the field for Week 6. However, with him now less than 100 percent and away from the team, it remains to be seen if he will even suit up.


Packers' James Starks: Sidelined Wednesday


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/12/2016) Starks (knee) wasn't able to practice Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

After Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle injury Sunday, Starks received a season-best workload, dashing 12 times for 33 yards and hauling in three of six passes for 19 yards. With questions surrounding Lacy's imminent availability, Starks was a trendy pickup this week, but the tables have seemingly turned with the backup's inability to practice Wednesday and the No. 1 participating in a limited fashion. The situation will be one to watch closely as the week proceeds.


Packers' James Starks: Takes over for injured Lacy


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(10/10/2016) Starks gained 33 yards on 12 carries and 10 yards on three receptions (six targets) in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Giants.

With Eddie Lacy (ankle) removed for good in the third quarter, Starks took over as the lead back down the stretch, in addition to his usual passing-down duties. Lacy's injury didn't appear too serious, but if it does require an absence beyond Sunday, there's no question Starks would get the start Week 6 against the Cowboys. The Packers don't even have another healthy running back on the roster at the moment.


Packers' James Starks: Opportunites are few in Week 3


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(9/26/2016) Starks had one carry for minus-1 yard and one reception for nine yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Starks' opportunities were minimal Sunday with fellow running back Eddie Lacy running the ball effectively (6.1 YPC on 17 attempts). Lacy has averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his 43 attempts this season while Starks has averaged just 0.8 yards on his 12 carries, so look for Lacy to continue seeing the bulk of the work in the Packers' backfield coming out of the team's Week 4 bye.


Packers' James Starks: Ineffective in Week 2 loss


by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(9/19/2016) Starks carried seven times for three yards and secured his only target for 16 yards in the Packers' 17-14 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Similar to the rest of the Packers' offense, Starks was completely bottled up on Sunday, posting an abysmal 0.4 YPC. However, that number is especially worrisome when considering his teammate Eddie Lacy managed an average of 4.2. On the bright side, Starks will have an opportune chance to rebound Week 3 against a Lions' defense that was whittled to just two healthy linebackers Week 2.