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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

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

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Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Starks injured the ankle in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Starks suffered an ankle injury of unspecified severity during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further on Monday. The coaching staff had no updates on Starks' condition during post-game comments.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Starks is just a lesser part of an RBBC, but it is an RBBC in a great offense. He gives you what the heck flex ability in any given week, with a high ceiling in the event that Eddie Lacy misses time. Starks is also running well and the offense might not miss a beat if they have to rely on him.

General News (Thu Oct 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Packers posted a solid 30/122/1 rushing vs. Carolina last week, led by Eddie Lacy's 12/63/1 rushing and 3/10/0 receiving effort. James Starks chipped in 7/36/1 rushing and 1/7/0 receiving before exiting the game due to an ankle injury of unspecified severity. His status will be updated on the Wednesday injury report - Lacy owners will want to monitor Starks' practice participation this week in's Players in the News as Lacy may be in for a bigger workload in the Big Easy if Starks isn't available to siphon off quality touches. The Saints' rush D is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 103.2 yards given up per game, with six rushing scores handed out to date. Detroit chased New Orleans for most of last week's game, limiting their backs to 24/59/1 on the ground; Tampa Bay managed 21/66/1 rushing at New Orleans during their OT duel during Week 5. During October there hasn't been a tremendous amount of rushing yards piled up on the Saints. Lacy and company face a tough challenge on the road in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs MIN 12 46 0 2 2 2 0 0
6 at MIA 8 31 0 5 2 11 0 0
7 vs CAR 7 36 1 1 1 7 0 0
8 at NO PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 2 * * *
8 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * 2 * * *
8 at NO PROJ-Bloom 6 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs MIN (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

A week after the Packers didn't run Starks once against the Chicago Bears, they split the carries between he and Eddie Lacy, though that was in part because Lacy sat out the fourth quarter, which is where he got half of his carries and most of his yards. Starks had some success against a gassed Vikings defensive front though he had less big runs. The offensive line didn't quite break the blocks they had been able to for Lacy and Starks lacks the acceleration and speed Lacy has as well, so getting away from the defense didn't happen often, though he did have a very nice 17-yard run. On the play, a run in the third quarter, Starks took the handoff and headed left towards the "3" hole. The gap filled up quickly but Starks seemed to notice he wouldn't be able to get anywhere by going outside, so he headed through the hole. A Vikings defender tried to tackle him but didn't wrap up, so Starks squirted from his grip, bounced off of his own blocker and broke through the trash for open field. Had he been a bit faster, he might have been able to outrun or avoid safety Harrison Smith but it was a good gain and showed some athleticism in keeping his feet through the line.

2014 Week 6 vs MIA (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Starks did nothing through three and a half quarters (four total yards) but was a key figure in the Packers late comeback. With less than seven minutes remaining in the game, Starks had back-to-back impressive carries. On a 2nd-and-3, he took the shotgun handoff heading left and then sharply cut upfield bursting through the hole for a 9-yard gain. The next play, again from the shotgun, Starks waited patiently for a pulling OL to cross the formation and seal the Dolphins LB and then made a pretty cut towards the outside following his blocks to pick up 11 yards and another Packers first down. On the decisive drive late in the 4th quarter, Starks was again the primary back. He was targeted three times in the final two minutes and made two catches, including a key 3rd-and-10 grab with :40 seconds left. Starks caught the ball short over the middle, turned quickly upfield, dove and extended the ball to pickup the first down on a 10-yard gain. While neither Lacy nor Starks were particularly impactful running the ball, Starks again looked more comfortable operating out of the shotgun and was the RB of choice down the stretch as the Packers scored ten late points to win the game.

2014 Week 7 vs CAR (7 / 36 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Starks started off with a nice run around the edge for a 7-yard gain and then followed it up with a nice power run for a first. Starks scored on his third carry, which featured a really nice cut-back when he found the interior clogged. He cut to his left and found a huge swath of green thanks to some nice blocking by the receivers. Starks made it to about the third yard line before defenders caught up to him. Not to be denied, Starks pushed his way through to the score. Overall, Starks ran with authority and power as well as a little speed this weekend and was successful on his carries. He did leave the game in the third quarter and did not come back, although the game was well in hand and many key players were rested late in the match. The injury was a twisted ankle, but there was no further news as of Monday.


Latest News

Packers | James Starks probable (Fri Oct 24, 05:05 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 24, but is probable for Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints. The Packers didn't practice Friday, so Starks' designation is an estimation.

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Packers | James Starks limited Thursday (Thu Oct 23, 04:33 PM) - Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after not practicing Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Starks isn't worth much with Eddie Lacy playing well, even if Lacy isn't as good as he played last season. We have Lacy as an RB2 and Starks way back in the RB4 ranks.
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Packers | James Starks practicing (Thu Oct 23, 01:20 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: Starks really only gets work when Eddie Lacy is hurt. Lacy hasn't been as good as he was in his rookie season but should be a solid RB2 this week against New Orleans. If Lacy is playing, Starks is no better than an RB4.
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Packers | James Starks doesn't practice (Wed Oct 22, 04:27 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Starks injured the ankle in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.

Our View: Starks is nothing more than a 'what the heck' flex if he plays in Week 8 against the Packers.
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Packers | James Starks injures ankle (Sun Oct 19, 09:46 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) left the Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter due to an ankle injury and he was unable to return.

Our View: Starks injury might not be that serious if the Packers just removed him to be careful in a blowout. He's rosterable in deep leagues as a potential hit if Eddie Lacy goes down.
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