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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Starks was supposed to get a 50/50 split, but he was in the same old backup/change of pace role against the Bills. The Bucs' defense is no pushover themselves, and Eddie Lacy emerged without a setback, so Starks temporary value spike receded as quickly as it came on.

Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Packers got ambushed in Buffalo, but Eddie Lacy was very effective in this phase of the game, posting 15/97/1 rushing (with 2/11/0 receiving) after savaging Atlanta with 13/73/1 rushing and 5/33/1 receiving two weeks ago. Lacy is going strong during the stretch run into the playoffs - James Starks receded into his change-of-pace role at Buffalo last week with 4/19/0 rushing and 1/10/0 receiving at Buffalo. The Buccaneers' rush D is among the league's lower tier, averaging 116.1 rushing yards allowed per game (19th in the NFL) with 12 rushing scores given out to date. Carolina posted 32/121/0 rushing on this club last week; Detroit had 31/113/1 rushing vs. Tampa two weeks ago. Advantage, Green Bay.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at MIN 1 -4 0 1 0 0 0 0
13 vs NE 1 2 0 2 2 34 0 0
14 vs ATL 10 75 1 2 2 26 0 0
15 at BUF 4 19 0 3 1 10 0 0
16 at TB PROJ-Dodds 5 * * 1 * * *
16 at TB PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 1 * * *
16 at TB PROJ-Bloom 9 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs NE (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)

Starks saw very little work again Sunday, but did get used a little in the first half as a receiving option out of the backfield. With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner blanketing Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, the Packers started moving players around, getting them in motion and having backs like Stark come out of the backfield to run routes so they could avoid the cornerbacks and try and produce better matchups. Starks was able to get one such favorable matchup against a linebacker along the sideline where quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit him with a 28 yard pass. Generally, Starks has little to do, but the team used him effectively.

2014 Week 14 vs ATL (10 / 75 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

A lot of Starks yards came at the end of the game when the Packers were looking to kill the clock. He and Eddie Lacy split the carries almost evenly, but it was Lacy who got the bulk of the carries (all three of them). Lacy might have ground out the clock instead, but he told ESPN a hip bruise kept him from doing that. They will need Lacy to be fully healthy so the Packers might be forced to throttle his carroes back a little. Starks has proven several times that he can play well of they need him to, though not as well as Lacy. Starks also had a short-yardage touchdown. Overall, Starks showed good speed, continuous leg movement and determination and while he doesn't have Lacy's overall skill, he is a solid back in his own right.

2014 Week 15 vs BUF (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Starks didn't get much play as Eddie lacy was healthy and then the Packers ignored the run for most of the second half. He was one of the players who managed to drop a pass he should have caught, but he played well in his minimal number of snaps for the week, showing some burst and speed.


Latest News

Packers | Eddie Lacy bruised hip (Tue Dec 9, 10:12 AM) - 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.

Our View: This doesn't sound like a major injury. Lacy said he believed he'd be fine for Sunday, Dec. 14, against the Buffalo Bills.
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Packers | James Starks leads rushing attack (Tue Dec 9, 12:19 AM) - 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.

Our View: Starks looked fantastic against the Falcons on Monday night. Every Eddie Lacy fantasy owner should have Starks handcuffed.
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