James Starks is the Packers' insurance policy for Eddie Lacy. If the burly back struggles as he did last season or otherwise misses playing time, Starks would see a lot of work and be very useful for Fantasy. Otherwise, he'll be less effective for Fantasy from week to week (he averaged 11.3 touches per game when Lacy was active last year). Starks' best role for Fantasy is as a handcuff for Lacy -- not many people will target him otherwise on Draft Day. He should be found in Round 12 in all formats.
Starks had six carries for 26 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders. Starks did most of his damage on a 24-yard jaunt, but was otherwise bottled up by the Raiders' defense. However, he emerged from Thursday's contest unscathed and did nothing to affect his standing as the top backup behind starting running back Eddie Lacy.
Starks turned five carries into 13 yards, but wasn't targeted in the passing game during Friday's preseason opener against the Browns. Starks got one more touch than presumed starter Eddie Lacy, but his fairly defined role eliminates the need for the backup running back to see much early preseason action. Second-year man John Crockett was able to find the end zone in this one, but Starks still has a leg up on him after rushing for over 600 yards in 2015.
Starks will "probably be limited to spot play" during Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Colts, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Starks' veteran status is likely the impetus for the incoming decision by head coach Mike McCarthy, but the running back is less than a week removed from missing practice for an unknown reason. With Eddie Lacy (ankle) questionable to suit up Sunday, second-year pro John Crockett is line to receive a majority of the running back reps.
Starks returned to practice Wednesday after missing Monday's session due to an undisclosed reason, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Starks had been dealing with cramps earlier in the week, while several days of missed practices were a potential cause for concern. His return Wednesday is a good sign there are no serious issues and he shouldn't miss additional time at this point. Fellow running back Eddie Lacy left Wednesday's practice a bit early, so Starks could be in line for additional reps the rest of the week if Lacy is sidelined, although his issue appears to be minor as well.
Starks is not practicing on Monday for undisclosed reasons, Michael Cohen of the Journal Sentinel reports. Starks sat out some of Green Bay's practice on Sunday due to what he said was just cramps, but now that it's lingered into a second day it seems it could be more. Whatever the injury is it doesn't appear to be very serious and the running back could be able to return in the coming days.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New York Giants||26||20.38|
|3 Year Avg||107||476||2||24||207||1||85|