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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

6-2, 218Born: 2-25-1986College: BuffaloDrafted: Round 6

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Week 3: at Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Eddie Lacy returned for his concussion suffered in Week 1 to post a modest 13/43/0 rushing and 2/18/0 receiving line against the stout Jets' rush D last week. John Kuhn had an 1/3/0 rushing and 1/5/0 receiving effort, while Dujuan Harris managed 1/11/0 receiving in a bit role. Lacy is clearly the featured back in Green Bay, but he had limited opportunities in a game where the Pack was down 3-21 midway through the second quarter of play. The Lions are ranked second in the NFL averaging 57.5 yards rushing per game, with two rushing scores given up to date. The Giants managed a mere 22/53/1 rushing during Week 1. Carolina had 24/62/1 rushing during Week 2. This is one of the toughest defensive fronts in the NFL right now. Lacy and company face a third consecutive tough matchup here in Week 3.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at SEA 7 37 0 3 2 11 0 0
2 vs NYJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 at DET 8 38 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 at DET PROJ-Dodds 4 * * 1 * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 1 * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Bloom 2 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SEA (7 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

After stepping in a few times to give Eddie Lacy a breather, Starks took over completely when Lacy left the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter. Starks seemed to have more success than Lacy, though admittedly the game was pretty much over when he got the bulk of his carries and the Seahawks were much less aggressive. He slipped some tackles and ran well overall, but was less effective in his runs earlier in the game when facing the stouter defense. Many of his runs still seemed slow and plodding--most of the time he got exactly as much as the offensive line got him (or the defense allowed him) and no more. He may get the nod against the New York Jets if Lacy is still out with a concussion.

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Latest News

Packers | Eddie Lacy won't miss extended time (Tue Sep 9, 02:23 PM) - 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.

Our View: The Packers are following the NFL's protocol for dealing with concussions. Lacy should be able to practice later in the week. Fantasy owners need to add James Starks if at all possible just in case.
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Schedule

3@ Detroit Lions
4@ Chicago Bears
5vs Minnesota Vikings
6@ Miami Dolphins
7vs Carolina Panthers
8@ New Orleans Saints
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Chicago Bears
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12@ Minnesota Vikings
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17vs Detroit Lions