• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Packers RB James Starks used sparingly in Week 4

    Packers reserve running back James Starks had nine carries for 28 yards and two receptions for 11 yards in the Week 4 defeat of the 49ers.Starks averaged 21 touches a game over Weeks 2-3, but starting running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) was able to handle a bigger workload Sunday than he did the previous two games, so Starks was not needed for as many snaps, even coming off a short week. Lacy appeared healthy against San Francisco and the Packers will have a full week to prepare for their next game, so Starks figures to be used moderately again in Week 5.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Ankle ailment no problem for Packers RB Eddie Lacy in Week 4

    Packers premier back Eddie Lacy (ankle) is listed as probable for the battle in San Francisco on Sunday.Lacy was a full participant throughout the week of practice, after sharing work with James Starks in the MNF win over the Chiefs. Lacy will likely handle a larger percentage of the snaps and touches in Week 4, as there's been no indication that his ankle will be a lingering issue.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Packers RB Eddie Lacy claims little of concern about ankle

    Packers featured back Eddie Lacy (ankle) has implied that he's not overly concerned about his ankle, NFL.com reports. "It's not going to be a lingering thing," he said. "It's going away. My rookie year, it really didn't go away."Lacy suffered an ankle injury in 2013, but he missed only one game and was able to shoulder the rushing load into the postseason. He did not appear to be favoring the ankle during the win over Kansas City on Monday night, finishing with 46 yards on 10 carries to go with three receptions for 41 yards, all while splitting snaps with James Starks.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Packers running back James Starks receives 17 carries Monday

    Packers running back James Starks finished Monday night's win over the Chiefs with 32 rushing yards on 17 carries and 19 receiving yards on one catch. Starks' 18 touches surpassed teammate Eddie Lacy's 13, but the veteran couldn't find much room to run Monday night. While Starks made good on his lone target, the Chiefs limited his production overall. With another week for Lacy's ankle to receive treatment, Starks will likely see his touches scaled back, but remain decently involved as the Packers' No. 2 tailback in Week 4 against the 49ers.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Packers RB James Starks could split time with Eddie Lacy

    If Eddie Lacy (ankle) plays next Monday against the Chiefs, he could split running-back reps with running back James Starks, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports. In Monday's media session, head coach Mike McCarthy said, "We could play 50/50 with Eddie and James." Lacy will be consumed with treating his sprained right ankle this week, with Thursday providing the first window into his potential availability in Week 3. In the meantime, Starks will prepare to start after filling in admirably at running back versus the Seahawks on Sunday, when he recorded 20 rushes for 95 yards and four catches (on four targets) for 11 yards. If something approaching an even split of work occurs next Monday, owners would have to temper expectations with regard to Starks' potential output.

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Eddie Lacy keeps James Starks at bay

    Though Packers running James Starks impressed as a change-of-pace option and, later, injury fill-in for starter Eddie Lacy in Week 14, he was back to playing strictly a backup role with Lacy full-go Week 15 at Buffalo, rushing four times for 19 yards. And really, you should have expected as much. Week 14 was Lacy's third game in four with at least 90 rushing yards. He has not just one touchdown, but two, in three of his last five. He's back to being the first-round back you drafted him to be. Starks, with his average of 4.2 yards per carry, is a fine handcuff option, and you certainly weren't wrong to add him given the concern over Lacy's hip, but yeah, Lacy is here to stay, putting up stud numbers even against a Bills defense that entered the day ranked eighth against the run.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Packers receive contributions from several role players vs. Bills

    The Packers received contributions from several role players during Sunday's defeat to the Bills in Week 15. Backup running back James Starks rushed for 19 yards on four carries and caught one of three targets for 10 yards. Andrew Quarless and Davante Adams were each targeted four times but finished with only one grab. Quarless caught one pass for a 7-yard gain, while Adams came down with a 6-yard reception. Jarrett Boykin and Richard Rodgers were each held without a grab.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Packers RB Eddie Lacy's status for Sunday remains unceratin

    Packers running back Eddie Lacy's status for Sunday's game remains uncertain, reports the Press-Gazette Media on Thursday. Lacy has been a limited participant in practice this week due to a hip injury he suffered Monday night against Atlanta. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the week that Green Bay will be cautious with their second-year back moving forward. If he's unable to play, the team will turn to James Starks for the start. "It all depends on how my body feels," Lacy said. "If I can go out and play through that pain without setting the team back or putting the team at a disadvantage, I'll go out and do that. If not, then I'm not going to risk that."

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    James Starks' worth hinges on Eddie Lacy's health

    Packers running back Eddie Lacy was cruising against the Falcons in Week 14, piling up 106 total yards on 13 carries and five catches, when a bruised hip forced him out of the game in the fourth quarter. And by forced, I mean forced. In his own words, "I tried, but no." Which allowed backup running back James Starks to ice the game with a 41-yard run on the team's next and final drive. That's where he got the majority of his 75 rushing yards. He also got four of his 10 carries on that one drive. Which isn't to say he was an afterthought before then. He got six carries and two catches and even scored the teams' first touchdown of the day on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. But is he explosive enough to make an impact in Fantasy with only 8-10 touches? He hadn't been before Week 14. That's why I think Lacy will actually have to miss time with this hip injury for Starks to be worth your while in Fantasy, and at this early stage of preparation for Week 15 at Buffalo, he says he won't. Obviously, Starks is worth adding just in case, but you shouldn't get your hopes up.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Eddie Lacy, James Starks combine for 207 yards, 3 TDs

    Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks enjoyed similarly productive efforts in Monday's win over Atlanta. Lacy ran 13 times for 73 yards (5.6 ypc) and a touchdown, while Starks carried 10 times for 75 yards (7.5 ypc) and a score. Lacy caught five of nine targets for 33 yards and another touchdown, while Starks secured both his targets for 26 yards. Lacy has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in six straight games and he's up to 11 total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in four consecutive games. Starks, his backup, received double-digit carries for only the second time this season as Green Bay played with a big lead most of the night. They'll both visit the Bills in Week 15.