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James Starks | Running Back

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Buffalo
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James Starks rushed 17 times for 32 yards and caught his lone target for 19 yards in the Packers' Week 3 win over the Chiefs on Monday night.
Eddie Lacy (ankle) got the start, but Starks out-carried him 17-10, though Lacy out-gained Starks 46-32. Lacy's reduced snaps were partly due to his injury and partly due to the Packers blowing the doors off the Chiefs 31-7 into the third quarter. Treat Starks as a mere handcuff to Lacy for the foreseeable future. Sep 29 - 12:49 AM

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James Starks had 20 carries for 95 yards in Sunday night's Week 2 win over Seattle.

Starks replaced an injured Eddie Lacy in the first quarter. He was an every-down back, finishing with 24 touches despite not getting the start. Starks's only negative play was a lost second-quarter fumble. With Lacy potentially looking at a multi-week injury, he'll be one of the top waiver claims in leagues where he wasn't handcuffed. Starks is a plug-in-play RB2 if Lacy misses time.
Sep 21 - 12:30 AM

James Starks rushed two times for two yards in the Packers' Week 1 win over the Bears.

Starks got his two carries while giving Eddie Lacy a breather. He's a mere handcuff.
Sep 13 - 5:01 PM

James Starks led the Packers with 38 receiving yards on three catches and also logged 12 yards on five carries in Thursday's preseason win over the Patriots.

Starks was sprinkled in with the first team and accounted for Aaron Rodgers' biggest gain of the day on a 22-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Starks consistently ran into brick walls in the ground game with his longest carry going for just five yards. The 29-year-old has a good set of mitts and could see time on third downs this year. With just eight career touchdowns across 51 games, Starks isn't a serious fantasy consideration.
Aug 13 - 11:29 PM

James Starks rushed five times for 44 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game defeat.

Starks was targeted three times in the passing game, nearly hauling in a deep reception. His five carries were largely the result of Eddie Lacy battling some sort of second-half leg ailment. The owner of a career 4.3 YPC, Starks has proven to be an able "breather back," but has never suggested he's ready to be more. He's due a slightly-steep $1.175 million for 2015, but should be back in Green Bay. Starks turns 29 in February.
Jan 18 - 7:44 PM

James Starks rushed five times for 26 yards in Green Bay's Week 17 win over the Lions.

Eddie Lacy's caddie enters the playoffs on the back of a regular season where he averaged just 3.91 yards per carry. That's compared to 5.53 in 2013.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:36:00 PM

James Starks had seven carries for three yards in Week 16.

He added four catches for 22 yards on five targets. Starks got the majority of his work after Eddie Lacy was rested in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Lacy is expected to be fine for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:25:00 PM

James Starks managed 19 yards on four carries with a ten-yard reception in the Packers' Week 15 loss to Buffalo.

Although reports indicated the Packers would use a 50:50 timeshare with Eddie Lacy nursing a bruised hip, Lacy went to halftime with 12 touches compared to Starks' 5. Starks didn't touch the ball in the second half, and Lacy was also far more effective than Green Bay's usual breather back. Entering a Week 16 date with the Buccaneers' Starks is just a handcuff to Lacy's RB1.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:28:00 PM

James Starks rushed for 75 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries in the Packers' Week 14 win over the Falcons.

He also caught both of his targets for 26 yards. Starks and Eddie Lacy split touches 18-12, in favor of Lacy. Lacy piled up 40 yards on three opening-drive touches before Starks was summoned to get the three-yard touchdown. Starks then got the clock-killing carries to close out the game. That's when he ripped off a 41-yard run down the left side. Starks is merely a handcuff.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:42:00 AM

James Starks caught two passes for 34 yards in Green Bay's Week 13 win over the Patriots, adding a two-yard rush.

Starks now has just four touches over Green Bay's past two games.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:13:00 PM

James Starks had just one carry for negative-four yards in Week 12.

Starks didn't factor into Eddie Lacy's workload. He remains a strict backup going into Week 13.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:49:00 PM

James Starks rushed eight times for nine yards and caught two passes for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 11 blowout of the Eagles.

The days of Starks getting series to himself in a rotation with Eddie Lacy are long over now. Lacy has been spectacular over the last few weeks, relegating Starks to strict garbage-time work. He's a handcuff only heading into Week 12.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:37:00 PM

James Starks had five carries for 10 yards in Sunday night's win over the Bears.

Starks didn't get on the field until the fourth series of the game. He played limited snaps, and wasn't a threat to Eddie Lacy's workload. The Packers gave mop-up duty to DuJuan Harris, who finished with eight carries for 52 yards. Starks will look to be more involved against the Eagles in Week 11.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 01:01:00 AM

James Starks had two carries for five yards in the Packers' Week 8 loss to the Saints.

Starks had been dealing with an ankle injury coming into the game, and played a limited role. He was only targeted once in the pass game. Starks will use the Packers' Week 9 bye to get healthy.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 01:33:00 AM

James Starks (ankle) is active for Sunday night's Week 8 game against the Saints.

Starks was listed as probable, so he was fully expected to play. The Packers inactives are QB Scott Tolzien, WR Jeff Janis, CB Sam Shields, S Morgan Burnett, LB Carl Bradford, C Garth Gerhart, and DE Datone Jones.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 07:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Scott Tolzien
3Brett Hundley
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3Alonzo Harris
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1John Kuhn
2Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Randall Cobb
2Ty Montgomery
3Jeff Janis
WR21Davante Adams
2James Jones
WR31James Jones
TE1Richard Rodgers
2Andrew Quarless
3Kennard Backman
LT1David Bakhtiari
LG1Josh Sitton
2Lane Taylor
C1Corey Linsley
2J.C. Tretter
RG1T.J. Lang
2Josh Walker
RT1Don Barclay
2Bryan Bulaga
K1Mason Crosby