RB James Starks, Green Bay Packers
HT: 6-2, WT: 218, Born: 2-25-1986, College: Buffalo, Drafted: Round 6
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of May 21st. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: B Bolden (266), J Edelman (267), James Starks (268), A Jenkins (269), T Williams (270)
Position: I Redman (260-RB86), B Bolden (266-RB87), James Starks (268 - RB88), F Jones (272-RB89), L Dunbar (288-RB90)
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2012 Game Summaries
Week 8 - Starks had minimal involvement this week. In addition to a successful draw play on the ground and a swing play, he added a horrible drop on a broken play. He looked downfield before securing the catch as it sailed right through his hands. His first action was not until the second half as he remains a seldom-used player in Green Bay’s offense.
Week 9 - As Coach Mike McCarthy had pointed to during the week, James Starks did get a good amount of work, drawing the start and the role of “clock-killer” on Sunday. Averaging 3.6 YPC on his 17 totes, Starks saw his most work since the 2011 season. Although he has never overwhelmed with talent, McCarthy likely turned to Starks because Alex Green had been averaging less than 3 YPC since Cedric Benson went down with a foot injury. With Benson due back in Week 14, fullback and 3rd down specialist John Kuhn likely back after the bye, not to mention Randall Cobb deserving of snaps in the backfield ala Percy Harvin, Green Bay will likely be a murky backfield for the remainder of the season. Although Starks took 17 carries on Sunday, he was only on the field for 23 snaps, which means McCarthy trusts Alex Green in passing situations, limiting the impact that Starks will have.
Week 11 - The Packers seemed determined to have a balanced attack in this game, and James Starks was the guy that they kept handing the ball to. While he never broke a run for more than 11 yards, Starks always seemed to move the pile a bit, and 10 of his 25 carries were for four yards or more. The Packers gave him a lot of different looks, including runs up the gut, pitches to the outside, delays out of the shotgun formation and even off-tackle runs that allowed Starks to bounce to the outside if he saw an opening. Although his longest run came on a delay in the 4th quarter, Starks seemed to wear down as the game wore on. In fact, of the eight carries that he had in the 4th quarter, only one was for more than three yards. Even with the 11 yard run of the day, he finished the 4th with just 16 yards on eight carries. The Packers hope to get Cedric Benson back before the end of the season, but until they do, Starks looks like he’s the primary carrier.
Week 12 - James Starks had a typically underwhelming performance on Sunday night but the entire Packer offense was in a funk for the entire game. Starks shared carries with Green but neither got a lot of touches and Starks had no catches to try and salvage his fantasy performance. The Packers offensive line played woeful in pass protection and gave the Packers no offensive balance to improve the rushing attack. The line was only marginally better on the ground as they rarely succeeded in opening lanes for Starks. Starks’ only good chance to catch a pass was dropped and he quickly became irrelevant once the Packers fell far behind on the scoreboard. They quickly began passing almost every down after showing slight commitment to the run game early on. Starks got some garbage rushing yards in the final quarter, long after the game was decided. Starks didn’t look very fast or powerful but almost no RB would have succeeded in such a poorly executed offense like the Packers was on Sunday.
Week 13 - Both running backs were very effective on the ground against the once-vaunted Vikings run defense, with Starks taking just over half of the carries in the backfield and adding a pair of catches as well. Starks looked a lot like the Starks people were high on after the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl run, as he carried the ball with authority, ran hard and kept his legs moving. While Starks isn’t going to remind anyone of The Flash, he showed some great speed getting to the edge on his 22 yard touchdown run. On the play, Rodgers pitched the ball to Starks as the back ran to the right side of the line. Starks outran linebacker Erin Henderson, turned the corner and left three Vikings defenders grasping for air. Between Starks and Green, the Packers had a legitimate ground attack and it kept the Vikings from being able to sell out and attack the receivers or Aaron Rodgers. Starks also seems to have improved his pass protection enough for head coach Mike McCarthy to have him in on some third downs as well as on some other passing plays to help supplement the battered offensive line.