| 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.
|McCarthy says James Starks is No.1 RB -- Wed Nov 11 11:45 am --|
Lacy will stil see carrries
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters he considers James Starks his top back, based on what he's earned. Even healthy, Eddie Lacy is 2. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It sure seems that way on the field. Starks has outplayed Lacy this season and makes for an interesting play at home this week against the Lions in a plus matchup. Eddie Lacy will still see action but he won't be a recommended fantasy option.
| Starks limited in practice on Thursday -- Thu Oct 29 4:25 pm --|
Lacy again not listed on injury report
|James Starks practiced for the first time since his hip flared up after the Oct. 18 game against the San Diego Chargers. He took part in some of the individual drills during the early portion of practice. He did not practice on Wednesday but went through a workout.
Eddie Lacy is not listed on this week’s injury report, and McCarthy said the Pro Bowl running back is “starting to get back to himself.” When asked Thursday whether Lacy’s weight is impacting his performance, McCarthy said: “I would say not.” (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Lacy and Starks are expected to split the workload in the backfield for Green Bay moving forward, but that seems like a longshot considering Starks' injury history. The Packers have difficult upcoming games at Denver and Carolina over the next two weeks, but expect Lacy to start his second-half resurgence pretty soon if he is truly "starting to get back to himself".
| HC: Lacy "a little banged up" -- Mon Oct 19 5:20 pm --|
James Starks out-snapped Lacy 30-21 in Week 6
|Though Mike McCarthy did not expand on what exactly is bothering Eddie Lacy, it's possible the right ankle of his franchise running back is more problematic than the team has let on. The ankle appeared to be progressing well as recently as this week, when Lacy practiced with a normal tape job for the first time. Gone was the bulky, over-the-shoe taping known as "spatting," which he wore the last three games and provides extra support for the ankle. Lacy expressed optimism about possibly playing without it against the Chargers.
"We're a one-two punch team," McCarthy said. "It's really no different than the way we operate. We went with James first just because he's been playing extremely well, and Eddie has been a little banged up." (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: The CBS announcers said during the course of the Chargers-Packers game that McCarthy mentioned he wanted to get James Starks a little bit more involved, although no one could have foreseen him getting the start on Sunday. Starks was averaging 3.3 YPC prior to his Week 6 outburst, so this likely has more to do with McCarthy's belief that Lacy isn't 100 percent that it does with Starks "playing extemely well". Hopefully, Lacy will heal up during the team's Week 7 bye.
| Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams miss practice Thu. -- Thu Sep 24 12:45 pm --|
|Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams sat out of Thursday’s practice with the sprained ankles they suffered in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-17 win over Seattle, leaving their availability for Monday night’s game against Kansas City uncertain. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: James Starks and rookie Ty Montgomery would likely see increased playing time the two Packer starters aren't available Monday night against the Chiefs.
| Packers optimistic Lacy could be a go in Week 3 -- Mon Sep 21 5:20 pm --|
Sprained ankle in Week 2 win over Seattle
|The Packers don't plan to go without Eddie Lacy for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Green Bay's hard-charging running back, who sprained his ankle Sunday against the Seahawks, is a candidate to play Sept. 28 at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rapoport was told that Lacy's injury is minor, even if it kept him from finishing off a 27-17 win over Seattle. In his absence, reliable backup James Starks plowed for 95 yards. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Lacy was unable to put any weight on his ankle following the injury and Fox Sports reported that his ankle was "very weak and sore" on Monday. The Packers play on Monday night against the Chiefs in Week 3. Unless there are glowing reports about his recovery during the week, it may be best for his owners (that don't own Starks) to take the safe approach and opt for a healthy running back that will play on Sunday. Starks should be a low-end RB2 in the likely event that Lacy doesn't play.