|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.