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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:51:05 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (foot) left practice Tuesday, Aug. 4, with a sore foot. RB James Starks finished out practice with the top unit. No indication was given as to which foot was sore and forced Lacy from workouts.
Fantasy Tip: Lacy managed 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns last year despite some subpar outings, and his loss would put a damper on the running game. Starks and RB's Rajion Neal and Alonzo Harris are the only other rushers available. Monitor this situation and see how it develops.
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:12:46 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) suffered a bruised hip late in the game Monday, Dec. 8, and RB James Starks took over on a crucial drive. Lacy said he believed he'd be fine for Sunday, Dec. 14, against the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy Tip: Lacy ($7,400; 14.8% of your cap) could become a suspect play in Week 15 on FantasyScore. Starks ($3,000; 6.0%) ran well late in the game, and the team could scale Lacy back a bit, regardless of the severity of the hip bruise.
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:19:04 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks rushed for a team-high 75 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 8.
Fantasy Tip: Eddie Lacy wasn't far behind, logging 73 yards and a score on 13 carries. Starks' performance likely had more to do with Atlanta's terrible defense than an expanding role for Starks.
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:23:02 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is active for the Week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:05:01 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 24, but is probable for Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints. The Packers didn't practice Friday, so Starks' designation is an estimation.
Fantasy Tip: Starks has been sharing carries with Eddie Lacy in the backfield. Starks has a great matchup against the Saints Sunday night, making his $3,600 (7.2% of cap) FantasyScore price enticing if you're looking for a cheap running back option.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:43 -0700
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after not practicing Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Fantasy Tip: Starks will cost $3,600 (7.2% of cap) against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. He has been sharing touches with Eddie Lacy recently. If Starks sees his workload decrease, Lacy ($6,300) could be a nice play against a weak Saints defense.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:20:58 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Tip: It is a good sign for his availability that he was able to get on the practice field today. Starks will cost you $3,600 (7.2% of cap) in FantasyScore this week, but that money could probably be better used elsewhere, especially if Starks is limited.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:27:32 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Starks injured the ankle in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.
Fantasy Tip: Eddie Lacy will have added value if Starks is unable to go this weekend. He is priced at $6,300 on FantasyScore in a matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:46:18 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) left the Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter due to an ankle injury and he was unable to return.
Fantasy Tip: If Starks is forced to miss time, Eddie Lacy will likely carry even more of the load as the No. 1 back. However, John Kuhn and DuJuan Harris could also see some added touches, but neither would have much appeal in FantasyScore.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:20:23 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks did not register a carry in the team's Week 4 game, and head coach Mike McCarthy said that will change going forward. "James Starks should touch the football every single game," McCarthy said Tuesday, Sept. 30. "That will not happen again."
Fantasy Tip: Although Starks is likely to see some more touches going forward, it remains to be seen just how many carries he will take from Eddie Lacy. Even at his $3,000 salary (6% of cap) at FantasyScore, Starks isn't worth the risk in Week 5. However, the fact the Packers will make it a point to have Starks involved makes the struggling Lacy an even riskier pick until the backfield rotation becomes clearer.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:23:09 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) isn't expected to miss significant time, but head coach Mike McCarthy said he'll need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before returning. RB James Starks would be the starting running back if Lacy can't return in Week 2.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that Lacy will have over a week to recover before Week 2 against the New York Jets. However, he's no sure thing to return. Avoiding his $5,600 (11.2% of cap) FantasyScore price is smart. Starks, at $4,100 (8.2% of cap), may present a solid bargain if Lacy doesn't play.
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:23:06 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks said his main goal this year is to stay healthy. "I feel I can be pretty great," Starks said. "I don't like talking about myself too much. But I think I can be real good. If I'm healthy, I can do a lot."
Fantasy Tip: Starks has flashed an intriguing combination of power and speed in the past, but injuries have caused him to miss 31 of a possible 72 games. His injury history combined with the emergence of Eddie Lacy will make it tough for Starks to be a regular fantasy contributor this year.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:21:33 -0700
The Green Bay Packers may keep four running backs on their roster. The team's halfbacks, including Eddie Lacy and James Starks, have been injured often in the past.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:06:17 -0700
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB James Starks agreed to a two-year, $3.165 million contract.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:47:58 -0700
The Green Bay Packers agreed to an undisclosed two-year deal to re-sign RB James Starks Tuesday, March 18, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: Starks will continue in a part-time role as the complementary back to Eddie Lacy in Green Bay. As a result, he won't have much fantasy value unless Lacy is dinged. Consider him mainly as a handcuff to Lacy.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:27:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Green Bay Packers are expected to re-sign free-agent RB James Starks (Packers) on a two-year deal, according to a source. A deal is considered imminent.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:02:20 -0700
Free-agent RB James Starks (Packers) visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and two more teams are interested in his services. According to sources, the Packers are still in the mix to re-sign him.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:51:20 -0700
The Green Bay Packers are interested in re-signing free-agent RB James Starks.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:30:16 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with free-agent RB James Starks (Packers) Monday, March 17.
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:13:31 -0800
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent RB James Starks may look for a starting job in free agency but could also re-sign with the Packers if he is not able to find a better situation.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:00:26 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) was limited in practice Friday Dec. 27, and is probable for the team's Week 17 game.
Fantasy Tip: James Starks could still see a lot of work, enough to be a decent flex play in the teams Week 17 game.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:49:44 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is expected to play in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. "I feel Eddie is in good place," McCarthy said. "I expect him to play."
Fantasy Tip: Lacy has been a nice fantasy football weapon most of the year and mainly in the fantasy playoffs. Even with a bum ankle, he should have room to run against the hapless Bears run D. James Starks could get extra work, but he's a flex play, at best.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:55:43 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), who entered the Week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an ankle injury, limped off the field in the fourth quarter with help from the training staff. RB James Starks replaced him in the backfield.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:40:54 -0800
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic that RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) can return in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys. Lacy will be re-evaluated Friday, Dec. 13.
Fantasy Tip: Lacy probably won't be worth the risk this week, since the decision on whether he plays may not come until game time. If he doesn't go, James Starks will be the lead back and could warrant a flex play against a Dallas Cowboys defense that has been overmatched mostly all season.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:42:31 -0800
If Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) cannot play this week, it is likely fourth-year veteran RB James Starks will play in Lacy's place. Starks has a career-high three touchdowns this season and is averaging a career-high 5.3 yards per carry but has never played against the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Tip: Considering the Cowboys' defense averages close to 129 rushing yards per game, which is ranked 28th in the National Football League, Starks may be a good bet to pick up off the bench. As a previous post indicated, monitor Lacy's health but if you have a bench spot open pick Starks up as a handcuff.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 11:37:48 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (undisclosed) didn't start the second half. RB James Starks is in the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: He was spotted limping to the locker room at halftime. We'll keep you updated.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:55:35 -0800
Green Bay Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said Friday, Nov. 22, that ideally the team would like RB Eddie Lacy to handle the ball 20 times, with RB James Starks getting five carries and RB Johnathan Franklin handling the ball five times. It depends on the situation. If the game is on the line, Lacy "will be the one carrying the ball."
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:24:39 -0800
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks is the only player in the NFL this season to post three touchdown runs of 25 yards or longer.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:22:21 -0700
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements mentioned using the running back with the "hot hand" when deciding between RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks. "Well, you want to get them both work," Clements said Friday, Nov. 1. "You don't want to overload one or the other but if one has the hot hand then you stick with him. So it's not a set plan as to how that works, but they're both going to play. The line's going to block for both of them and we'd anticipate that they'd both be effective."
Fantasy Tip: This isn't the type of thing fantasy owners of either Lacy or Starks want to hear. One week their guy could be the top option, and another week it's possible he might see fewer touches if the other guys catches fire. It's a maddening situation, but Lacy remains a solid RB2 or flex play, while Starks is more of a low-end RB2 or flex option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:13:55 -0700
The Green Bay Packers would like to limit the burden on RB Eddie Lacy by giving RB James Starks more carries. Starks had seven rushes for 57 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings in his first game back since suffering a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his knee last month. Lacy still finished the game with a season-high 29 carries for 94 yards and a score. "Eddie was in a groove so we stayed the way we did and obviously it worked out well," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "When James got his opportunity, I thought he jumped in there and made an impact. He was running hard, downhill, not wasting any steps. He had good reads. That's why the attempts and things like that, you look at it week to week. I would have liked to have James Starks get a few more carries."
Fantasy Tip: Starks is now worth adding off the waiver wire for running back depth or as a handcuff to Lacy. The Packers are a different team these days after losing both Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley. Look for them to run the ball more than ever, making Lacy a must-start and Starks an option in deep leagues.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:24:19 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 25, and is probable for Week 8.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:29:30 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee), CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring) and CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:24:53 -0700
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:54:18 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) and LB Brad Jones (hamstring) are participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:06:56 -0700
The Green Bay Packers have declared LB Brad Jones, CB Casey Hayward, LB Clay Matthews, WR James Jones, RB James Starks, LB Nick Perry, TE Ryan Taylor inactive for Week 7.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:31:51 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee), TE Ryan Taylor (knee), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (thumb) and LB Nick Perry (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and have been ruled out for Week 7.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:13:05 -0700
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb), LB Nick Perry (foot), RB James Starks (knee) and TE Ryan Taylor (knee) have been ruled out for Week 7.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:04:30 -0700
The Green Bay Packers ranked fifth in rushing yards per game (140.8), and with several wide receivers banged up, there might be more of a focus on the run game going forward. "I just think there's some growth there," head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday, Oct. 15. "You could see it when we got together in the spring. It was exciting once we got in pads in training camp." The Packers threw the ball 122 times in the first three games, going 1-2. In the past two games, they ran 63 times to just 62 pass attempts, winning both games. RB Eddie Lacy has run for 219 yards over the past two weeks, and RBs James Starks and Johnathan Franklin have each hit the century mark once this season.
Fantasy Tip: Lacy is the one to watch for fantasy purposes heading into the new week. He was able to shred the Baltimore Ravens for 120 rushing yards last week, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and has emerged as a must-start RB2 or flex play in all formats. The Week 7 opponent, the Cleveland Browns, have allowed just 98.2 yards per game. However, they have given up eight rushing touchdowns, which is most in the NFL.
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:34:49 -0700
The Green Bay Packers have declared LB Brad Jones, CB Casey Hayward, LB Clay Matthews, OG Greg Van Roten, RB James Starks, CB Jarrett Bush, DL Josh Boyd inactive for Week 6.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:11:41 -0700
The Green Bay Packers have ruled out LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (thumb), RB James Starks (knee) and OG Greg Van Roten (foot) for Week 6.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 08:33:42 -0700
The Green Bay Packers have declared TE Brandon Bostick, DL C.J. Wilson, CB Casey Hayward, OG Greg Van Roten, RB James Starks, DL Josh Boyd, DL Nate Palmer inactive for Week 5.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:06:38 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee), OG Greg Van Roten (foot) and CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 4, and have been ruled out for Week 5.
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:20:48 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee), OG Greg Van Roten (foot) and CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 3.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:23:59 -0700
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy indicated RB James Starks (knee) could miss a few weeks because of his injury.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:56:56 -0700
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said RB James Starks (knee) will not play Week 5 because of his knee injury.
Fantasy Tip: Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin likely will handle the running back duties Week 5. Lacy should be in starting fantasy lineup this week because he likely will get a majority of the playing time. Franklin should be considered a flex option this week.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:48:47 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:38:40 -0700
The Green Bay Packers may go with a combination of RBs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions. RB James Starks (knee) is injured and may not suit up for the game. "I think as far as running style, it really depends on the game plan, who you are playing and how you rotate those guys in," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "Some people try to run certain schemes with certain backs. Some people play them differently based on personnel groups. Those are game plan questions."
Fantasy Tip: Lacy is a must-start, regardless. Franklin should be owned in deeper leagues and is a risky flex play, since his workload will be a mystery.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:01:30 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 30.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:21:12 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) underwent an MRI Monday, Sept. 23, on the knee injury he suffered during the team's Week 3 game. He said he does not think he would be able play if the team had a game Week 4.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:57:35 -0700
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin rushed 13 times for 103 yards in Week 3, while RB James Starks (knee) left the game with an injury.
Fantasy Tip: After the bye week, Eddie Lacy (concussion) should be able to return in Week 5. This will muddy the backfield situation even more. The severity of Starks' injury is unknown, but we can expect a rotation of the three for the foreseeable future.