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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

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

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General News (Wed Oct 1): 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."

Week 5: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Eddie Lacy finally started to get it going last week at Chicago, with 17/48/1 rushing and 1/11/0 receiving - the good news is that the Packers remained committed to Lacy despite his slow start in September - the bad news is that he's averaged just 3.0 yards per carry with 53/161/1 rushing and 7/49/0 receiving to his credit so far this season (36th-ranked fantasy back in the NFL to date. We'll see if Lacy can build on his momentum vs. the Vikings this week. Minnesota comes into this game sporting the league's 15th-ranked rush D averaging 113.2 yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores handed out so far this year. They coughed up 22/123/1 to the Falcons' bevy of backs last week, and allowed 32/108/1 to the Saints' tandem two weeks ago. They are what they appear to be - a mediocre rush D. This looks like a neutral matchup between two divisional rivals.

Recent Stats and Projections

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
4 at CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 4 * * 1 * * *
5 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 1 * * *
5 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 4 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 3 vs DET (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

While Eddie Lacy struggled to run between the tackles, James Starks seemed to have a much better time of it, even when the offensive line was struggling. Despite that (and a fumble by Lacy), the Packers continued give Lacy the rock and let him try to work the outside. When Starks did get to carry the ball, he showed good power in running through trash at the line of scrimmage and hit the holes quickly when they were present. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have enough speed when he gets to the second level to break away from linebackers and was caught by the front seven before he could break a long run several times. He's still the second banana to Lacy, but reminded us on Sunday he could be capable of more if given the chance.


Latest News

Packers | More carries for James Starks? (Tue Sep 30, 08:20 PM) - 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.'

Our View: Watch this situation closely. The Packers haven't been moving the ball consistently on the ground with Eddie Lacy. Perhaps they'll give a few carries to Starks in order to jump-start the ground game.
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7vs Carolina Panthers
8@ New Orleans Saints
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12@ Minnesota Vikings
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