Shark Bites

The Packers have re-signed RB James Starks to a 2-year deal.  Starks' lengthy injury history cooled his market, but he averaged a juicy 5.5 yards per carry as Eddie Lacy's backup last year.  Starks will battle for #2 RB duties this summer with DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin.

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Packers RB James Starks (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.  We don't have any details on his injury, but HC Mike McCarthy said he'll probably be out "a couple weeks."  Rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin are Green Bay's top 2 RBs.

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Packers RB James Starks was sidelined in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game with a knee injury.  He's on the sidelines and is return is considered questionable.  Rookie Johnathan Franklin has taken over as Green Bay's RB.

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Packers HC Mike McCarthy confirmed after Wednesday's practice that RB James Starks will start Sunday against the Bengals.  The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that McCarthy said RB Eddie Lacy is making progress from his Week 2 concussion but has a few more tests to pass before he can return.  On defense, the team will once again miss CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) in Week 3.

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The Packers' veteran RBs are stepping up in the face of increased competition.  James Starks and Alex Green have both looked good through the 1st week of camp.  RBs coach Alex Van Pelt says Starks has been “outstanding” and running “extremely hard, violent.”  Green looks “night and day” compared to last year, per Van Pelt.  Rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin remain the favorites to lead this backfield in touches. But insider Rob Demovsky believes it "would be wrong to discount" Starks and Green.  Fantasy owners need to be hoping this doesn't turn into a 3- or 4-headed RB-by-committee.

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1 year ago

As expected, Packers RB James Starks is active against the Niners. The guy has been ineffective all year, though, and shouldn't garner more than a few touches. Look for DuJuan Harris to remain the backfield leader ... and a weak option against San Francisco's run D.

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Packers RB James Starks (knee) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Saturday's game against the 49ers.  He'll likely be active, but Starks is looking at no more than a handful of touches against the league's #2 RB defense.  DuJuan Harris should stick as Green Bay's lead back.

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Packers RB James Starks continues to inch towards a return after injuring his knee back in Week 13.  "There's a lot that goes into the evaluation every week. We'll see how it goes. He looked good today," RBs coach Alex Van Pelt said after Wednesday's practice.  "We're just trying to mix him in, still evaluating everybody to see where we are at the end of the week."  Starks worked with the scout team last week but has seen action with the 1st-team offense this week.  Even if he's active on Saturday, though, he's unlikely to be higher than 3rd on the depth chart behind DuJuan Harris and Ryan Grant.  And Green Bay doesn't project to run much against San Fran's stout front-7.

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1 year ago

Packers RB James Starks (knee) is inactive for tonight’s Wild Card showdown. He snuck in limited practices this week, but was never expected to play. He’s been out of action since Week 13. DeJuan Harris and Ryan Grant will handle the workload against the Vikings’ sturdy run D.

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Packers RB James Starks (knee) put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his first official action since early December.  The fact that the team hasn't placed him on IR means they expect him to play again this season.  But the Green Bay media doesn't believe Starks will play against the Vikings this weekend.  His return would only further muddy the Packers backfield.

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1 year ago

As expected, Packers RB James Starks (knee) is inactive for tonight's game against the Lions.  He's reportedly dealing with a significant knee injury.  Alex Green will serve as Green Bay's lead back, with John Kuhn and Ryan Grant mixing in.

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Packers insider Jason Wilde reports that RB James Starks' season could be over with a knee injury suffered in Sunday's game against the Vikings.  The team hasn't released any details, but Wilde's source says it's not an ACL injury and won't require surgery.  But it's a multi-week deal, and Green Bay might opt to place Starks on IR to free up a roster spot.  It's good news from a fantasy perspective.  There wasn't much value to be mined with Starks and Alex Green splitting carries.  But if Green gets the backfield to himself, he could ascend to low-end RB2 status.  He's averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this season but is coming off a 12-carry, 58-yard effort.  The Packers face top 10 RB defenses the next 2 weeks, but then get Tennessee's 28th-ranked unit in Week 16.

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1 year ago

James Starks was Green Bay's clear-cut lead back against the Lions on Sunday.  He carried 25 times, while RB Alex Green didn't tote it once.  But Starks managed just 74 yards -- an ugly 2.96 yards-per-carry average.  HC Mike McCarthy was disappointed with the performance.  “As far as our running game, we left a lot of production on the field was my conclusion after going through the tape and going through the grading sessions with the coaches,” McCarthy said.  “And frankly, Alex Green not getting carries was a poor performance by myself managing how we were running the ball. We’ll continue forward working both James and Alex."  We heard similar sentiments from McCarthy about Green's performance earlier this season.  Both guys are clearly subpar NFL RBs.  Look for the Packers to go back to a committee attack, leaving Starks and Green as nothing more than low-end RB3 or flex options in fantasy.

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Packers HC Mike McCarthy continues to endorse Alex Green as the team's lead back.  But on Monday, he added that RB James Starks "will probably be given more opportunities as we go through the week."  Green has been brutal the past 3 games, taking 64 carries for 154 yards -- an anemic 2.4 yards per carry.  We have to believe Green Bay will give Starks a shot sooner than later.  He's worth stashing in deeper leagues as we wait to find out.

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Packers RB James Starks hasn't played yet this season.  He's dealt with turf toe dating back to August and has been a healthy scratch the past couple weeks.  But with RB Cedric Benson likely done for the year, Starks is back in Green Bay's backfield picture.  It sounds like the Packers plan on using a committee attack with Starks and Alex Green.  “We’ll see how the week of practice goes, but we feel confident that either guy can get the job done,” OC Tom Clements said. “I’m sure they’ll both get their opportunities.”  A RBBC on a pass-heavy offense obviously doesn't leave much fantasy value for either Green or Starks.

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2 years ago

Packers RB James Starks (toe) is inactive for today’s game against New Orleans. Cedric Benson will continue to handle the load for Green Bay in a tantalizing matchup.

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