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RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers

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

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The Packers turned to Starks when Eddie Lacy was overweight and unreliable last year. Lacy seems to have gotten his weight under control, but Starks should still be the clear starter if Lacy falters or misses time this year. The Packers were able to get Lacy in the late second because of durability concerns, and he is nearing the end of his rookie contract, so these concerns could pop up again now that Lacy has absorbed three years of NFL punishment.

Summary

James Starks was re-signed to a two year deal this off-season, and is listed as the #2 running back and backup to Eddie Lacy, but really he is the #1B option in Green Bay. With Lacy struggling last season, Starks stepped up and once again provided the Packers with a spark in the backfield. He led the Packers in yards from scrimmage (993), gaining 601 yards on 148 carries (4.1 yards per carry) with two rushing touchdowns. Where he shined brightest was in the passing game though, finishing with 43 receptions for 392 yards and three touchdowns. He was one of only five running backs to eclipse 600 yards rushing and 390 yards receiving in 2015. Starks has gained the trust of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coaching staff, which in turn has tightened the leash on Lacy. Starks (30 years old) role will ultimately be dictated by Lacy's ability to handle a full load and still be efficient. Starks has fantasy value, to what extent though, will be determined as the season progresses. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 50, 40, 41, 41, 42, 47, 47, 48, 49, 49
RB Redraft PPR - 49, 38, 40, 41, 41, 41, 42, 46, 48, 49, 49
RB Dynasty - 57, 45, 45, 66

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2013 GB 13 89 493 3 13 10 89 1
2014 GB 16 85 333 2 29 18 140 0
2015 GB 16 148 601 2 53 43 392 3 3
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 120 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 135 * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 110 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 61 * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 149
RB: 50
Overall-PPR: 143
RB-PPR: 51

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Latest News

Packers | James Starks a red-zone weapon? (Sat Jul 23, 01:43 AM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks' ability on screen passes makes him a weapon in the red zone, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said.

Our View: Keep this in mind when considering Eddie Lacy for your fantasy team. Starks is a valuable handcuff for Lacy owners, and he's coming off the board late in 12-team PPR league drafts (RB57 13.10). Lacy is currently RB9 in drafts (2.12), but realize that Starks is going to have at least a limited role...and maybe a role larger than some think.
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Packers | Eddie Lacy must impact passing game (Sat Jul 23, 01:31 AM) - Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will be pushed into the passing game, according to running backs coach Ben Sirmans, but Sirmans said Lacy will have to beat man coverage. Last year, RB James Starks played 68 more snaps than Lacy and caught 27 more passes.

Our View: Lacy had a career-low 187 carries last year as conditioning and stamina problems seemed to hold him back. That's why he did P90X to get into fantastic shape this offseason. The Packers will have an explosive offense, and things should open up even more for the ground game with WR Jordy Nelson returning to full health. Fantasy owners believe in Lacy at this time, and he's getting drafted as RB9 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's been a top-10 fantasy back for two of his three years in the league, but last year he fell to 24. We'll see if he can regain his form in 2016.
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2016 Schedule

1@ Jacksonville Jaguars
2@ Minnesota Vikings
3vs Detroit Lions
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs New York Giants
6vs Dallas Cowboys
7vs Chicago Bears
8@ Atlanta Falcons
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Washington Redskins
12@ Philadelphia Eagles
13vs Houston Texans
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Detroit Lions