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Running Back, Green Bay Packers

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Draft: 2010 Round 6 (24)
Ht: 6’2”  Wt: 218 DOB: 1986-02-25 Age: 30
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#61 6 -

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2010 GB 3 0 29 101 3.5 0 4 2 15 7.5 0 11.6 3.9
2011 GB 13 2 133 578 4.3 1 37 29 216 7.4 0 85.4 6.6
2012 GB 6 0 71 255 3.6 1 6 4 31 7.8 0 34.6 5.8
2012 (Projected) GB     76 320 4.2 2   12 82 6.8 0 52.2  

2016 Outlook
Depth Chart
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 hes 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.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Ty Montgomery
RB2RB2 Christine Michael
RB3FB1 Aaron Ripkowski
RB4RB3 James Starks
RB5RB5 Don Jackson
RB6RB6 Eddie Lacy
RB7RB7 Joe Kerridge
Packers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
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.
Injury Gametime decision for Starks     -- Sun Nov 13 8:20 am --

Knee injury
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.
Injury James Starks on the practice field Wednesday     -- Wed Nov 9 12:15 pm --

Knee injury
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.
Injury 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.
Injury James Starks to practice on limited basis     -- Thu Nov 3 11:45 am --

Knee injury
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.

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