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James Starks | Running Back | #44

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Buffalo
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 6 (193) / GB
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James Starks rushed 17 times for 41 yards in the Packers' Week 12 win over the Eagles.
He caught 5-of-5 targets for 27 yards. Since coming back from his knee injury, Starks hasn't been able to do much on the ground, but he does have 13 catches in three games, providing a nice floor in PPR leagues. Even with Christine Michael active, Starks dominated running back snaps, though he was vultured by FB Aaron Ripkowski for a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the first rushing touchdown by a Packers running back this season. Starks has a stranglehold on things in this backfield and will be an RB2 at home against the Texans in Week 13. Nov 29 - 12:05 AM

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James Starks had nine carries for 25 yards and caught 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against Washington.

Starks struggled on the ground for the second straight week. The Redskins left him wide open on a screen for a 31-yard touchdown. Starks lost some touches to Ty Montgomery but led the backfield with 33 snaps. He'll be a touchdown-dependent RB3 for Week 12.
Nov 21 - 12:42 AM

James Starks played 55-of-78 (71%) snaps Week 10 against the Titans.

Ty Montgomery was limited to 22 plays. The disparity is especially noteworthy considering the lopsided nature of the game -- Montgomery would seem to be a better passing-down option -- and Starks' lengthy injury layoff. Perhaps Montgomery is still dealing with the effects of his illness, but it looks like Starks will be the lead back moving forward. That makes Montgomery just an upside stash until this situation sorts out. Starks needs to be owned in all leagues.
Nov 14 - 8:26 AM

James Starks rushed seven times for 33 yards in the Packers' Week 10 win over the Titans, adding three receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown.

Starks got the start and led the Packers' backfield, but the "running game" was abandoned as a concept after the Packers fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter. Starks looked healthy on his receiving score, a screen where he made a nice cut and displayed excellent field vision. The Pack desperately need Starks to chew up some yards on the ground, but it's hard to see him becoming a viable RB2. The Packers' offense is broken, and increasingly reliant on short passes.
Nov 13 - 6:28 PM

James Starks (knee) is active for Week 10 against the Titans.

Starks should split lead back duties with Ty Montgomery. Coming off a long absence, and struggling mightily this season, Starks can't be trusted as more than a low-end RB3. Inactive for the Packers are TE Jared Cook, CB Damarious Randall, RB Don Jackson, OLB Clay Matthews, G/C J.C. Tretter, OT Kyle Murphy and DT Christian Ringo.
Nov 13 - 11:32 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers will wait to see how James Starks (knee, questionable) looks in pregame warmups before deciding his status for Sunday's Week 10 game against the Titans.

All signs point to Starks playing and Rapsheet confirms the Packers are "hopeful" that he'll be given the green light. Coming off a torn meniscus, fantasy owners shouldn't expect Starks to play more than a handful of snaps. Ty Montgomery, Don Jackson and even Aaron Ripkowski will all figure into the backfield equation against Tennessee.
Nov 13 - 9:08 AM

James Starks (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 10.

Starks turned in a limited practice week. He is tentatively expected to be available against the Titans, but probably won't handle more than a fistful of snaps.
Nov 11 - 4:08 PM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky considers James Starks (knee surgery) a "good bet" to return Sunday against the Titans.

Starks practiced in full pads Thursday, and went through contact drills for the first time since his operation. The Packers badly need a legitimate running back, but we wouldn't expect Starks to return to an immediate workhorse role. He'll be difficult to trust as anything than an RB3 in Tennessee.
Nov 10 - 1:57 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said James Starks (knee) will see more work in Thursday's practice.

Starks was limited on Wednesday after getting in two limited sessions at the end of last week. It sounds like he could get in a full practice Thursday. Starks is trending towards being active, which raises some big questions about Ty Montgomery's workload moving forward. Starks will be nothing more than a desperation play if he suits up.
Source: ESPN
Nov 10 - 11:52 AM

James Starks (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Jared Cook (ankle) will also practice. Coach Mike McCarthy said he's going "cut them loose" on Wednesday and see how they respond in a light practice. On Thursday, the Packers will be in pads, and we'll get a better read on Starks' availability for Week 10 against the Titans. It's unclear what Starks' role would be upon his return. McCarthy continues to praise Ty Montgomery.
Nov 9 - 12:46 PM

The Packers haven't ruled James Starks (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Titans.

"Based on the amount of work he was scheduled to do, he hit the targets," coach Mike McCarthy said of Starks' Week 9. "Hopefully we'll push that forward this week. See how he comes out of Wednesday into Thursday." The Packers desperately need Starks to be a body in their backfield, but he won't be returning as a conquering hero bell-cow. At best, fantasy owners will probably be getting a low-end RB3 if Starks suits up against the Titans.
Nov 7 - 1:41 PM

James Starks (knee) has been ruled out for Week 9.

Starks is believed to be targeting a Week 10 return.
Nov 4 - 4:30 PM

James Starks (knee) is not expected to return against the Colts.

Sidelined since Week 5, Starks returned to limited practice Thursday, but the Packers appear to be getting his feet wet more than anything else. If Starks returns for Week 10, it will be to a confusing committee. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects Ty Montgomery to lead Green Bay's Week 9 backfield if he can get over his illness.
Nov 3 - 5:50 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said James Starks (knee) will practice Thursday.

McCarthy said he will be limited, but it is a big step in the right direction. It still seems unlikely Starks plays against the Colts just three weeks removed from knee surgery, but Week 10 looks like a real possibility. The only real running back of note left on the roster, Starks needs to be added in most leagues.
Nov 3 - 11:44 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy promised to get the running game going.

"We’re not going to make a living with Aaron Rodgers running the football," McCarthy said a day after Rodgers led the team in rushing. "We need to get our run game going because we’re not going back to last year. We’re going to run the football, we’re going to play-action pass game." Running the football is difficult without any running backs, and the Packers are down another after cutting Knile Davis on Monday. Perhaps that move suggests James Starks (knee) is nearing a return. Starks is worth a stash in deeper leagues as the likely lead back once he returns.
Source: ESPN
Nov 1 - 9:41 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Joe Callahan
RB1James Starks
2Christine Michael
3Ty Montgomery
GLB1Christine Michael
2James Starks
3RB1James Starks
2Ty Montgomery
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Davante Adams
3Trevor Davis
WR21Randall Cobb
2Geronimo Allison
WR31Davante Adams
TE1Richard Rodgers
2Jared Cook
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
LG1Lane Taylor
2Don Barclay
C1J.C. Tretter
2Corey Linsley
RG1T.J. Lang
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby