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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

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

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James Starks had surgery on his knee and is expected to miss about four weeks, meaning he might not return until around Week 10 or 11.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 17): Starks (knee injury) was listed as questionable to play on Friday's injury report, but he didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected. Starks underwent knee surgery Sunday, October 16, and will miss several weeks. Head coach Mike McCarthy was optimistic on Monday, October 17, that Starks would make a 'quick recovery', but the time span he'll miss is still likely measured in weeks.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Starks had knee surgery and is droppable in all formats even though Eddie Lacy was playing through an ankle injury this week.

General News (Wed Oct 19): is out for this week's game.

General News (Tue Oct 18): did not practice on Tuesday. Starks is expected to miss around four weeks after undergoing knee surgery this past weekend. The Packers is considering Starks week-to-week at this point.

Week 7: vs Chicago Bears

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. There are warning signs aplenty for the Packers' rushing attack heading into this key divisional game. First of all, James Starks is out due to knee surgery. Starter Eddie Lacy (17/65/0 rushing with one target for 1/6/0 receiving) played through an ankle injury in the loss to Dallas, and was reportedly very sore on Monday. As of Wednesday, Lacy looks to be out. Finally, the Packers traded for Knile Davis, the forgotten man in Kansas City, on Tuesday, to provide some semblance of depth behind Lacy. Last weekend, Ty Montgomery (3/6/0 rushing with a team-high 12 targets for 10/98/0 receiving, mostly out of the backfield) helped out at running back behind Lacy, and that is likely to continue this week while Davis starts to learn the Packers' offense. Lacy's absence of course accelerates Davis' learning curve and puts Montgomery into more snaps in the backfield. Stay tuned to's Players in the News Wednesday night for the latest on this developing story. The Bears' rush defense limited the Jaguars to 20/54/1 last weekend, after Frank Gore and company managed 21/98/0 rushing vs. Chicago - they are currently 19th in the NFL averaging 107.7 yards allowed per game with six rushing scores handed out to date. From Week Four to Week Six of regular season (the last three weeks), Chicago averages 10.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fourth-least in the NFL). This looks like a tough matchup for the banged-up and undermanned Packers' stable of backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs DET 12 1 -1 0 2 1 9 0 0 0.8
5 vs NYG 49 12 33 0 6 3 19 0 0 4.2
7 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
7 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 33 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Every time Starks gets a shot to show what he can do we are reminded what that is: not much. Starks got nine carries and looked decidedly average with all of them. Of course, there is something to be said for getting a back into rhythm and the Packers' use of Starks was a bit all over the place. Still, we've seen Starks run the ball and he's got average speed, little elusiveness and not a ton of power. He also had one of the ugliest fumbles we've seen this year on his last touch of the game. On the play, quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit him over the middle with a short pass. Starks was wide open and made the grab, but when he turned to run with the ball, a defender was right there. It's not totally clear why it happened, but Starks essentially threw the ball to the Giants defender. Luckily for Starks, the defender didn't hold on and Starks was able to recover.

2016 Week 3 vs DET (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

James Starks did well holding Eddie Lacy's coat, as he once again had nothing else to do beyond a few runs to give the starter a breather.

2016 Week 2 vs MIN (7 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Starks continues to be nothing but the source of a breather for Eddie Lacy. He gets very little work as more than a blocker and while he was on the field for 30 offensive snaps, that was the role he was in for the majority of them.

2016 Week 1 vs JAX (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

If you were unclear what James Starks would be for this team, this was a clear signal that he gives Eddie Lacy a breather and that's all. Starks had little to do in this game and that will be the case most of the time.


Latest News

Packers | Week 7 Inactives (Thu Oct 20, 07:13 PM) - The Green Bay Packers have declared FS Chris Banjo, CB Damarious Randall, RB James Starks, TE Jared Cook, WR Jared Abbrederis, OT Kyle Murphy, CB Quinten Rollins inactive for Week 7.

Packers | Green Bay's Wednesday status report (Wed Oct 19, 04:39 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis (quadriceps), S Chris Banjo (hamstring), TE Jared Cook (ankle), CB Damarious Randall (groin), CB Quinten Rollins (groin) and RB James Starks (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, and have been ruled out for Week 7. OT Bryan Bulaga (back) participated fully.

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Packers | Green Bay's Thursday practice report (Tue Oct 18, 05:32 PM) - Green Bay Packers S Chris Banjo (hamstring), TE Jared Cook (ankle), CB Damarious Randall (groin), CB Quinten Rollins (groin) and RB James Starks (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18. WR Jared Abbrederis (quadriceps) and OT Bryan Bulaga (back) were limited.

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Packers | James Starks may miss four weeks (Mon Oct 17, 06:34 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) is expected to miss around four weeks after undergoing knee surgery this past weekend. The Packers is considering Starks week-to-week at this point.

Our View: Starks may only miss a couple of weeks, but it sure looks like he won't be back anytime soon. In the meantime, the Packers will use WRs Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery in the backfield.
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Packers | James Starks not at practice (Mon Oct 17, 05:41 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (knee) sat out of practice Monday, Oct. 17. The Packers did not practice; Starks' status is an estimation.

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