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|The Packers spent the offseason talking up Starks and his potential as a workhorse back in their offense. Then they signed Cedric Benson midway through training camp after Starks suffered a turf toe injury. Some players spend their whole careers on the cusp of earning a major role and you get the feeling that will be the story of James Starks. A 6th round pick in the 2010 draft, he entered the league with the reputation of being injury prone and heís spent his career backing up that claim, having missed 13 games of his rookie season due to injury and then three more in 2012 while also playing nicked up in numerous other contests. Starks entered training camp as a solid RB3 with upside given the expectation that he would not be splitting the job with a veteran back like he did with Ryan Grant. However, with Benson likely to earn a roster spot, Starks is a RB4 and most likely best suited to using in the flex role in leagues that use that position.
|McCarthy calls out Lacy for being too heavy -- Mon Jan 18 6:55 pm --|
"He cannot play at the weight he played at this year"
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy has put RB Eddie Lacy on notice. "He's got a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. "His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. He cannot play at the weight he played at this year." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lacy has walked a fine line between being a big back with nimble feet and just being a big back for most of his three seasons in the league. James Starks is a free agent the Packers haven't shown much interest in retaining and will be 30 in February, so Green Bay may look to address the position via the draft. Lacy will be in a contract year in 2016, so it should come as little shock if he returns to fantasy prominence if he can get his conditioning back in order.
| Packers work out RB Montee Ball -- Fri Dec 4 5:25 pm --|
Green Bay desperate for rushing help
|The Packers are clearly searching for answers in their running game, and Friday they worked out former Broncos running back Montee Ball. ESPNís Field Yates first reported Ballís workout. A second-round pick in 2013, Ball was released by the Broncos in the preseason. He had one touchdown run last season. The Packers started James Starks at running back in Thursday nightís win over the Lions despite Eddie Lacy having posted consecutive 100-yard games. Aaron Rodgers led the team in rushing in the game with 27 yards. (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Even if the Packers sign Ball, there's no guarantee that he'll usurp James Starks or Eddie Lacy as the team's new lead back. Forget about Ball, unless you have space on your bench for a low-chance flier that's unlikely to pay dividends.
| Eddie Lacy inactive with groin injury -- Sun Nov 15 11:30 am --|
James Starks becomes a top ten RB
|Eddie Lacy out with injury; Packers-Lions inactives (Green Bay Packers)|
FF Today's Take: With Lacy out, James Starks will get the start and has a great chance to finish in the top ten among running backs in Week 10. The Lions are giving up the third most fantasy points to running backs.