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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

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

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Week 5: vs St. Louis Rams

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Eddie Lacy seems to be past his injured ankle, posting 18/90/0 rushing and 1/3/0 receiving at San Francisco last week. James Starks chipped in 9/28/0 rushing and 2/11/0 receiving at the 49ers, while John Kuhn punched in a one-yard TD for the Packers (he also added an eight-yard reception to his offensive output last week). It's all good for the Packers' rushing attack entering Week Five, though Lacy owners are wishing for more scoring on his part. The Rams held the Cardinals to 21/113/0 rushing last weekend during their 24-22 upset win - Pittsburgh managed 22/61/1 rushing vs. the Rams two games ago. To date, the Rams rank 26th in the NFL averaging 120.2 yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out to date - but they've been playing improved football in this phase of the game since early September. The Packers' backs are on a even keel coming into this game - at home we give the Pack a slight edge over the Rams.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at CHI 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
2 vs SEA 50 20 95 0 4 4 11 0 1 9.6
3 vs KC 39 17 32 0 1 1 19 0 0 5.1
4 at SF 24 9 28 0 2 2 11 0 0 3.9
5 vs STL PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 1 * * * *
5 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 1 * * * *
5 vs STL PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs SF (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

With Eddie Lacy back in the lineup, if not quite 100 percent healthy, Starks saw his touches drop down quite a bit. He struggled at times to make too much headway against the Niners defense, especially when on an interior run. While he showed some of his characteristic strength and leg drive, he never seemed to get into a rhythm and that hampered his overall effectiveness. While he is likely to see carries every game, especially with Lacy banged up, unless Lacy goes down, Starks' impact is limited.

2015 Week 3 vs KC (17 / 32 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Starks led the team in carries as Eddie Lacy assumed a smaller workload for Monday Night's game. Starks carried the ball 17 times for 32 yards and caught one pass for nineteen yards. His lone reception was a key play on the Packers second touchdown drive, a short pass over the middle that Starks was able to extend for 19 yards and nearly more. Starks was visibly upset after this play as one more missed tackle likely would have netted some more yards or a shot at the end zone. He may continue to see some extra work if Lacy is not fully healed for next week, monitor injury reports as the week moves forward.

2015 Week 2 vs SEA (20 / 95 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)

There's a clear difference in the offense when James Starks is in the backfield as opposed to when Eddie Lacy is there. Starks is a powerful back with OK speed and athleticism, but he lacks the top end skills Lacy has as well as the younger back's burst and overall speed. However, when Lacy left the game on the opening drive due to an ankle injury, Starks stepped in and played well. Starks did fumble the ball once--he had it stripped after a catch along the sideline--but aside from that, he played a very solid game.

2015 Week 1 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As is almost always the case, Starks was rarely called upon to do anything save give Eddie Lacy a little break here and there. He is not a factor barring injuries.


Latest News

Packers | Eddie Lacy improving (Fri Oct 2, 02:04 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is improving and feels better about this ankle injury than the one that plagued him in 2013. 'It's better than that because it's not going to be a lingering thing,' Lacy said Thursday. 'It's going away. My rookie year, it really didn't go away.' Head coach Mike McCarthy said he liked the rotation he had with Lacy, RB James Starks and RB Alonzo Harris in Week 3. Starks had 17 carries to Lacy's 10, and Harris had two.

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Packers | James Starks totals 18 touches (Tue Sep 29, 12:52 AM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks ran 17 times for just 32 yards in the Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 28. He added one reception for 19 yards.

Our View: Eddie Lacy started, and that limited the number of snaps for Starks on Monday night.
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