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James Starks | Running Back

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Buffalo
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James Starks rushed six times for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' preseason opener Saturday night against Tennessee.
He started with Eddie Lacy resting, and broke off a 20-yard TD on a cutback run behind FB John Kuhn, carrying multiple defenders into the end zone. It's a reminder that Lacy owners need to handcuff their first-round pick with Starks, who averaged 5.5 YPC last season and is locked in as Green Bay's No. 2 back. Aug 10 - 10:56 AM

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James Starks didn't miss a single day of offseason practices.

Starks has been unable to sustain health throughout his career, going all the way back to his time at the University of Buffalo. But he's an effective three-down player when he suits up, as evidenced by last year's 5.53 YPC on 89 rushes and 10/89/1 line in the passing game. With Johnathan Franklin (neck) done, Starks is firmly entrenched as Eddie Lacy's handcuff.
Jun 23 - 12:30 PM

James Starks' two-year deal with Green Bay has a base value of $3,165,626.

He got a $725,000 signing bonus, the only guaranteed portion of the contract. 11.5 percent of the deal is tied up in per-game roster bonuses, which Starks will only get if he's active for games. It's a smart move by GM Ted Thompson, arguably the savviest contract negotiator among NFL general managers. Starks will return as Eddie Lacy's handcuff, safely out in front of Johnathan Franklin.
Mar 21 - 2:33 PM

Packers re-signed RB James Starks to a two-year contract.

Starks, 28, was scheduled to meet with the Steelers on Monday but cancelled the visit and is re-upping in Green Bay as Eddie Lacy's backup. Lacy is going to carry the load while Starks sees his 4-8 carries per week as a change-of-pace back. With Starks back in the fold, 2013 fourth-rounder Johnathan Franklin and 2012 revelation DuJuan Harris will compete for No. 3 duties.
Mar 18 - 10:20 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers are expected to re-sign free agent James Starks to a two-year contract.

Starks visited the Steelers on Monday and reportedly had two other teams interested in him. After rushing for 493 yards and three scores on 89 carries (5.5 YPC), it's a little surprising the 28-year-old couldn't find a team to offer him a chance to compete for a bigger role. In Green Bay, he'll return as the No. 2 behind Eddie Lacy, leaving DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin fighting for scraps.
Mar 17 - 10:19 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Packers remain in the mix for free agent James Starks.

Other than a visit with the Steelers on Monday, Starks hasn't drawn any other known interest one week into free agency. The 28-year-old is our fourth-best free-agent back left on the market, behind Andre Brown, Knowshon Moreno, and Maurice Jones-Drew. Starks would be a luxury for the Packers to bring back.
Mar 17 - 8:52 PM

Free agent RB James Starks will visit the Steelers on Monday.

The Steelers would be an ideal landing spot for Starks, who posted 493 yards, four touchdowns, and a 5.53 YPC in a bounce-back 2013 season. If signed, Starks will immediately take over as the No. 2 running back behind Le'Veon Bell.
Mar 15 - 4:34 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that "it sounds like" the Packers are interested in re-signing impending free agent James Starks.

They may be interested, but we can't really see it happening. The Packers have talented runners in Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris behind Eddie Lacy and aren't going to dole out the cash it'll take to keep Starks. After a bounce-back season in 2013, Starks should have a number of suitors.
Jan 21 - 3:03 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger wonders if impending free agent James Starks could be a "contingency plan" for the Giants.

Giants GM Jerry Reese recently said he'll put together a "contingency plan" should David Wilson (neck surgery) not be ready for the start of the 2014 season. Starks isn't likely to return to Green Bay. He also has a history with new Giants OC Ben McAdoo, is from New York, and went to college at Buffalo. Starks should be affordable, but isn't a noticeable upgrade on Andre Brown.
Jan 18 - 10:48 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel doesn't expect the Packers to re-sign impending free agent James Starks.

"Starks is going to get a good offer somewhere, and the Packers aren't going to be able to match it," writes Tyler Dunne. The Packers have a plethora of free agents and holes to fill, so some players are going to have to hit the road. Starks ran with plenty of juice in 2013 and could be part of a timeshare elsewhere. The Packers have Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris behind Eddie Lacy.
Jan 7 - 12:04 PM

James Starks rushed five times for 29 yards and caught a 13-yard pass in Green Bay's playoff loss to San Francisco.

Starks played sparingly behind Eddie Lacy and John Kuhn, but delivered a clutch 13-yard reception on a late second-quarter checkdown to keep a drive alive. Starks tacked on a handful of chain-moving runs in the third quarter. An impending free agent, Starks is unlikely to generate serious interest as a 2014 starter, although we wouldn't rule it out. He ran with more energy than ever before this past season, and Starks can function in the pass game.
Jan 5 - 8:03 PM

James Starks rushed 11 times for 88 yards in Green Bay's Week 17 win over the Bears, adding one catch for seven yards.

It was yet another excellent afternoon for Starks as he served as Eddie Lacy's breather back. He finishes the regular season with 493 yards rushing and a 5.53 YPC. Despite the gaudy numbers, Starks' Dynasty "value" is limited to handcuff duties for Lacy.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:20:00 PM

James Starks rushed ten times for 47 yards in Week 16 versus Pittsburgh.

Eddie Lacy exited late in the third quarter after re-injuring his ankle, so Starks stepped in to handle lead-back duties. John Kuhn vultured a one-year touchdown from him. Starks is a powerful back and could get the start next week against the Bears if Lacy is unable to go. It's a dream matchup.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:15:00 PM

James Starks rushed three times for 12 yards in Green Bay's Week 15 win over the Cowboys, adding an 11-yard touchdown catch.

Starks' score came as he spelled a gassed Eddie Lacy. That's Starks' only role, keeping him off the re-draft radar for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:39:00 PM

James Starks was limited to 19 yards on seven carries in the Packers' Week 14 win over the Falcons.

Starks' playing time received a bump when Eddie Lacy missed a handful of snaps following a late-second-quarter ankle injury, but otherwise he's just a change-up back and fantasy handcuff. Starks is barely worth rostering in 12-team leagues for fantasy playoff Weeks 15 and 16. The Packers play Dallas next.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Matt Flynn
3Scott Tolzien
4Chase Rettig
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3DuJuan Harris
4Rajion Neal
5Michael Hill
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1John Kuhn
2Ina Liaina
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Jarrett Boykin
3Kevin Dorsey
4Jeff Janis
5Alex Gillett
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
3Myles White
4Chris Harper
5Gerrard Sheppard
WR31Jarrett Boykin
TE1Andrew Quarless
2Richard Rodgers
3Brandon Bostick
4Ryan Taylor
5Justin Perillo
K1Mason Crosby