|Packers claim Christine Michael -- Wed Nov 16 4:00 pm --|
Former Seahawk finds new home
|Packers have claimed RB Christine Michael off waivers, source says. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Packers have been hit with a rash of injuries at the running back position so it's not a big shock that would take a chance on the talented but enigmatic Michael. James Starks returned to action last week but has never excelled in a workhorse role. Michael is a speculative hold (or add) in 12-team leagues.
| Gametime decision for Starks -- Sun Nov 13 8:20 am --|
|The #Packers are hopeful that RB James Starks makes his return following knee surgery today, source said, but they want to see him warmup. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Packers running game has been a committee of Aaron Rodgers, Ty Montgomery Aaron Ripkowski and Don Jackson. Even if Starks is active it's unlikely he'll make a big fantasy impact.
| James Starks on the practice field Wednesday -- Wed Nov 9 12:15 pm --|
|Sounds like James Starks and Jared Cook have a chance to play this week at Tennessee. "James is going to practice (today), we'll see it goes. Same with Jared," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're going to put them in the limited category, but we're going to cut them loose today." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: How Starks responds on Thursday will be key for his availability on Sunday against the Titans. The Packers have all but abandoned the running game since losing Starks and Eddie Lacy to injury. If Starks does return Sunday, he'll be tough to trust as a Flex option given how well Ty Montgomery has performed.
| Ty Montgomery expected to be Week 9 lead RB -- Thu Nov 3 8:05 pm --|
James Starks, Jared Cook making progress
|RB James Starks and TE Jared Cook made their return to practice Thursday, taking part in some individual drills at the start of the workout. While their return signals they are making progress toward a return, it's unlikely it would happen this week against Indianapolis.
Also, working extensively was WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness). He didn't appear to be slowed at all and worked with the running backs in all their individual drills. Assuming he's cleared to play, Montgomery will probably be the lead running back Sunday with Don Jackson and fullback Aaron Ripkowski also seeing action in the backfield. (USA Today)|
FF Today's Take: Montgomery could conceivably be the lead runner in Green Bay for the rest of the season based on how Starks played prior to his injury. As for now, Montgomery warrants WR2/RB2 consideration (assuming he has dual eligibility), especially in PPR leagues. If Starks returns to a starting job, he'll likely be a low-end flex option, while Cook will be in the TE2 discussion.
| James Starks to practice on limited basis -- Thu Nov 3 11:45 am --|
|HC Mike McCarthy: RB James Starks (knee) will practice on a limited basis today. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Starks hasn't played since injuring his knee in Week 5. His availability is still in question for Week 9 but given the state of the running back position in Green Bay, he's worth a speculative add in preparation for Week 10.
|Packers dump Knile Davis -- Mon Oct 31 5:35 pm --|
Traded to Green Bay less than two weeks ago
|The Packers need running back help -- but they don't need Knile Davis. The team on Monday released the veteran runner less than two weeks after acquiring Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced. A source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo that the compensation conditions of the trade ultimately were not met, so the Packers will not have to give up anything to the Chiefs. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The fact Davis wasn't long for Green Bay isn't overly surprising, but the fact the team parted ways so quickly given its current running back situation makes it a bit more so. The move suggests the team must be confident both Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb will be ready for Week 9 and also feels good about James Starks making it back in another week or so. Davis should be able to latch onto another team (possibly even Kansas City), but he's going to remain well off the fantasy radar.
| Eddie Lacy expected to play -- Sun Oct 16 7:30 am --|
Cobb to see snaps as backup RB
|Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is expected to play… but he’s the only RB who’ll be active. Expect WR Randall Cobb(!) to be the backup RB. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: James Starks was ruled out yesterday. Lacy should be a workhorse as long as he remains healthy. We've noted all week during Lacy updates that Cobb would likely see some extra touches from the backfield, increasing his fantasy value in Week 6.
| James Starks ruled out -- Sat Oct 15 2:30 pm --|
Lacy remains Questionable
|The Green Bay Packers will be without running back James Starks (knee) and may be without cornerback Quinten Rollins (groin) Sunday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys. (Press Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Starks is dealing with a knee injury and also missed time with the team this week due to a death in the family. Eddie Lacy remains questionable. With Starks out, don't be surprised if Randall Cobb sees a few extra snaps at running back in Week 6.
| Starks out until Saturday, Lacy nursing ankle -- Thu Oct 13 12:30 pm --|
Lacy on track to play
|McCarthy said James Starks is out of town and will not return to Green Bay until Saturday. It means that Starks will have one day of practice at most to test his knee, if he's cleared, as well as wrap his mind around this week's game plan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: It appears Eddie Lacy is working through his ankle injury and should be able to play this week. Starks is away from the team due to a death in the family. Starks' knee injury could sideline him this week, meaning Randall Cobb could see a few snaps at running back against the Cowboys.
| Eddie Lacy's ankle a lingering concern -- Wed Oct 12 2:07 pm --|
Status versus Cowboys unknown
|GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Eddie Lacy plays on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, he’ll do it without a full week of practice.
The Green Bay Packers running back won’t be on the field for Wednesday’s practice and instead will spend that part of the afternoon trying to strengthen his sprained left ankle.
FF Today's Take: There is a real chance that Eddie Lacy sits out this week. Plan on him being a game-time decision with backup James Starks waiting on standby. Starks posted 103 total yards and two touchdowns against Dallas last December.
| Eddie Lacy suffers ankle injury on SNF -- Mon Oct 10 5:40 pm --|
HC: Injury "not serious"; RB should be fine for Week 6
|Eddie Lacy's injury is "not serious" but not sure of his availability for this week. Cobb is sore and should be fine for Sunday. (Packer Report)|
FF Today's Take: Lacy got rolling a bit against the Giants (11 carries for 81 yards) and is averaging 5.5 YPC through four games, which makes it a bit mysterious as to why Green Bay hasn't called more runs. James Starks has been dreadful thus far and HC Mike McCarthy recently talked about getting Lacy more touches going forward, so this injury - and the fact a Green Bay RB has yet to score a touchdown - may present of a buy-low window for Lacy, who has always been a bit of a slow starter anyway.