When it comes to running backs -- as Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard preaches – it’s all about touches. That's why it's exciting to think about
Even in a timeshare, Starks would draw far more than the 89 carries he had last year.
Starks averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry and ranked seventh with 0.46 Fantasy points per opportunity -- the number of points per carries and pass routes run, per Pro Football Focus. He forced 22 missed tackles on 99 touches, the fourth-best rate among RBs with fewer than 100 touches.
Starks turns 28 this month but has little tread on his tires. He showed a burst last season that reminded us of the back who ran for 415 yards in Green Bay's four-game run to the Super Bowl title.
“James Starks is definitely someone I look at as a starter and the ability to run as many times in a football game as needed,” coach Mike McCarthy said after Starks totaled 168 yards from scrimmage Week 2 vs. Washington.
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Starks averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on 99 touches. If the Packers retain him, Starks would again find himself in a crowded backfield with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.
Starks played for new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and will be available in free agency. He lost his starting spot to rookie Eddy Lacy, but continued to perform well when given the opportunity. He rushed for 493 yards on 89 carries for a 5.5 yards-per-carry average. He is also a New York State native.
Starks ran for 493 yards and a touchdown, averaging a career-high 5.5 yards per carry, and caught 10 passes for 89 yards and a score despite missing three games with a knee injury. He declined to speculate on free agency, saying, "I'll leave that to my agent. That's out of my control."
Green Bay could move forward with Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.
Despite playing in the shadow of rookie Eddie Lacy,
“When he’s gotten his opportunities, he’s been very productive,” Clements said of Starks. “He’s run very hard. He’s fresh and anxious when he gets in there, and he’s done an outstanding job.”
The duo combined for 282 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games. In Week 17 at Chicago, Starks ran 11 times for 88 yards, including a season-long 41-yarder. Look for Starks to get significant touches again Sunday vs. San Francisco.
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|2011||Green Bay Packers||13||2||133||578||4.3||40||1||5||31|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||6||2||71||255||3.6||22||1||1||12|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||1||89||493||5.5||41||3||6||27|
|2010||Green Bay Packers||3||0||2||15||7.5||12||0||0||0||1|
|2011||Green Bay Packers||13||2||29||216||7.4||17||0||0||0||9|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||6||2||4||31||7.8||9||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||1||10||89||8.9||23||1||1||0||3|
|2010||Green Bay Packers||3||2||25||12.5||17||0||0|
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|2011||Green Bay Packers||13||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|