RB James Starks - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 218||Born: 2-25-1986||College: Buffalo||Drafted: Round 6|
He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Jan 16): Starks (concussion) was listed as out on Friday's injury report, didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive for Week 19/the Divisional round of the playoffs as expected.
General News (Fri Jan 20): is out for this week's game.
General News (Thu Jan 19): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Jan 18): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 20: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Green Bay was defeated in Atlanta 32-33 back in Week Eight - the Packers' running backs did little against the Falcons with Aaron Ripkowski leading the stable with 6/34/0 rushing (and one catch for -1 yards) - Aaron Rodgers was actually the lead rusher for Green Bay during the loss with 6/60/0 to his credit. In Dallas last weekend, Ty Montgomery was the lead back for the Packers, and he did well with limited attempts (11/47/2 rushing with seven targets for 6/34/0 receiving) - Ripkowski was second in rushing last weekend with 4/24/0 at Big D. Two weeks ago Christine Michael led the team in rushing vs. New York (10/47/0), followed by Montgomery (11/27/0 rushing with four targets for 3/41/0 receiving). Ripkowski was less involved in carrying the ball vs. New York (2/1/1 rushing with two targets for 2/11/0 receiving) but he was trusted to push in the lone rushing score for Green Bay vs. New York (Green Bay posted 25/75/1 rushing against the stout Giants' defense). Michael handled special teams' duties in the Divisional round, leaving Montgomery and Ripkowski to spearhead the Packers' rushing attack. Atlanta limited the Seahawks' lead running back, Thomas Rawls, to 11/34/0 rushing last weekend, while Russell Wilson managed 6/49/0 rushing to lead the team - all told, the Seahawks posted 21/101/0 rushing at Atlanta in the Divisional round. Atlanta finished regular season ranked 17th in the NFL, averaging 104.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with 15 rushing scores handed out over 16 games. From Week 15-17 (last three games of regular season), they averaged 18.3 fantasy points allowed per game (15th-most in the NFL). This average bunch of run defenders allowed a so-so performance by the Seahawks last weekend, in line with their regular-season performances. This is a neutral matchup for Montgomery/Ripkowski/possibly Michael.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Starks is well back in the pecking order behind both Christine Michael and Ty Montgomery. Barring an injury, we don't expect to see much of him the rest of the year.
2016 Week 13 vs HOU (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Even though Christine Michael was unimpressive as a running back in his Packers debut as a starter, he got nine carries to Starks' four. That's a clear indication that the Packers are not anymore enamored of Starks then they were when they drafted Eddie Lacy and don't trust him as a bellcow back. He looked slow gaining the edge on his first carry and then was stuffed for no gain on his second when all he needed was a yard for a first down. Starks isn't an impressive runner and he did nothing to change that opinion against Houston.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (17 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
When will Christine Michael be ready to carry the load, or perhaps when will Eddie Lacy return. Either question is relevant these days as Starks continues to be unimpressive running the ball. On a day when Rodgers was able to throw the ball well, pulling defenders out of the box, Starks still couldn't get anything going. The Packers were relatively committed to the Starks running the ball--with the exception of the second quarter when they called his number just three times the team used Starks consistently during the game. That didn't help him though, as he struggled to find holes, break tackles and make any headway against the Eagles.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Starks didn't look much different than he did last week and his limitations are pretty evident with his lack of overall speed, athleticism and power on display on every carry. He lacks anything like elusiveness as well, too often brought down by a single tackler. He did have a nice catch and run in the fourth quarter when Washington seemed to forget he was on the field. He was wide open in the flat and Aaron Rodgers had no problem dumping a short pass to him. There was nothing but green between him and the end zone as he ran for the score.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 1 rec)
Starks is still the same guy, a decent runner with little to no top end speed and serviceable vision. The Packers fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter so they abandoned the run game and Starks merely handled receiving duties. Starks did score a nice touchdown on a screen pass, as he ran the ball the extra 13 yards for the score. Even on that play, though, Starks looked plodding and if the Titans had taken better angles he probably would have been caught.
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 NewsPackers | Friday injury report for Packers (Fri Jan 20, 05:07 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (concussion) and C JC Tretter (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 20, and have been ruled out for the NFC Championship game. FS Morgan Burnett (quadriceps) and CB Quinten Rollins (concussion, neck) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), WR Jeff Janis (quadriceps), OG T.J. Lang (foot), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder), LB Julius Peppers (non-injury) and LB Nick Perry (hand) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Packers | Another missed practice for James Starks (Thu Jan 19, 07:44 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (concussion) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday, Jan. 19. Our View: He's on the team? We forgot, and given that we forgot even though Christine Michael is a non-factor tells you all you need to know.
Packers | Wednesday injury report for Packers (Wed Jan 18, 06:43 PM) - Green Bay Packers FS Morgan Burnett (quadriceps), LB Julius Peppers (non-injury), RB James Starks (concussion) and C JC Tretter (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 18. WR Jeff Janis (quadriceps), OG T.J. Lang (foot) and CB Quinten Rollins (concussion, neck) were limited during practice. LB Jayrone Elliott (hand), LB Clay Matthews (shoulder) and LB Nick Perry (hand) fully participated in practice. link to story Packers | Divisional Round inactives for Packers (Sun Jan 15, 03:17 PM) - The Green Bay Packers have declared RB James Starks, LB Jayrone Elliott, OT JC Tretter, QB Joe Callahan, WR Jordy Nelson, OT Kyle Murphy, CB Quinten Rollins inactive for Week 19. Packers | James Starks ruled out once again (Fri Jan 13, 03:51 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (concussion) has been ruled out for the team's Divisional Round postseason contest Sunday, Jan. 15, against the Dallas Cowboys. Our View: Ty Montgomery is going to be the primary ball-carrier for the Packers once again.
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