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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
Contract: view contract details

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Packers re-signed RB James Starks to a two-year, $6 million contract.
Starks visited the Patriots last week and also had talked with the Dolphins. He's coming back as the 1B to Eddie Lacy's 1A. If Lacy doesn't return in better shape than he was last season, Starks obviously could be in for a larger role. One of fantasy football's top handcuffs, 30-year-old Starks has a 4.3 career yards-per-carry average and set a career high in catches (43) last season. Mar 18 - 9:15 AM

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Free agent James Starks is visiting the Patriots.

It's the first we've heard of Starks since the start of free agency. The Packers were rumored to be interested in Matt Forte before he signed with the Jets, though ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports the Pack remain interested in a new deal with their longtime No. 2 running back. Starks is no stranger to committees, which he'd be a part of in New England.
Mar 10 - 3:52 PM

Packers News' Pete Dougherty expects free agent James Starks to re-sign with Green Bay.

Starks is looking for an opportunity to start, but there’s not going to be much demand for him on the open market. His best chance at starting could be returning with the Packers and competing with Eddie Lacy. Starks played a career-high 614 snaps this year, posting 993 total yards on 191 touches.
Jan 30 - 7:17 PM

Impending free agent RB James Starks said he is looking for an "opportunity" to be a starter next season.

"Opportunity is all I need," Starks said. "Could I be a starter? Yeah. Can I handle it? Yeah." Starks went on to say he would be good in any role if it meant another shot at a ring, but it is clear Starks is aiming for a starting job. With the free agent class loaded, finding that starting job could be difficult for the soon-to-be 30 back. Starks totaled 993 yards on 191 touches in 2015, the most of his career on both accounts, but also fumbled five times. He's averaging 4.01 YPC over the past two seasons.
Jan 19 - 10:12 AM

James Starks rushed seven times for 23 yards and caught all four of his targets for four yards in the Packers' Divisional Round loss to the Cardinals.

Starks did not manage much in his change-of-pace role behind Eddie Lacy, with his longest gain going for just nine yards. An unrestricted free agent, Starks actually finished the season with more total yards (993) than Eddie Lacy (946), but he struggled with fumbles and was shut down when given a bigger role early in the season. Almost 30, it is possible the Packers let the former sixth-round pick walk.
Jan 17 - 1:02 AM

James Starks rushed 12 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-2 targets for 12 yards in the Packers' Wild Card win over the Redskins.

Starks continued to operate as the Packers' two-minute and no-huddle back, also rotating with Eddie Lacy on early downs as the game progressed. His touchdown occurred in the third quarter on a power-toss play, hitting pay dirt from two yards out. Starks helped take control of the game late in the third and early in the fourth quarter, ripping off chain-moving runs to kill clock and keep Washington's offense off the field. An impending free agent, Starks may play his final game in Green and Gold when the Packers head to Arizona for the Divisional Round.
Jan 10 - 8:26 PM

James Starks rushed eight times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Starks saw more snaps than Eddie Lacy despite getting benched last week. He set career highs in carries (148) and yards (601) this year, but struggled with ball-security and had a limited role over the final three games. Starks should see 7-10 touches in next week's matchup against Washington.
Jan 4 - 12:24 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy insisted Friday that James Starks will maintain a role in the Packers' offense despite last week's benching.

Starks was benched in Week 16 after losing his second fumble in as many games. "It’s a long year," said McCarthy. "You have games where things don’t go very well, but James will line up and play the way he normally does. We will run both Eddie (Lacy) and James" against the Vikings. Starks has five fumbles this season, losing three. He should handle 6-11 touches on Sunday night.
Jan 1 - 1:34 PM

James Starks rushed three times for 11 yards in the Packers' Week 16 loss to the Cardinals.

He wasn't targeted in the pass game. On Starks' longest run of the day, a six-yard gain on the the first play of the third quarter with the Packers trailing 17-0, he lost a fumble, and the Cardinals scored a touchdown two plays later. A fumbling machine, Starks has now fumbled five times on the year and four times in the past four games. He's playing well behind Eddie Lacy heading into an all-important Week 17 tilt with the Vikings in Green Bay.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:04:00 PM

James Starks rushed nine times for 51 yards in the Packers' Week 15 win over the Raiders.

He caught his lone target for five yards and also lost a fumble on a sweep to the left. Starks didn't get into the game until midway through the second quarter, but out-gained Eddie Lacy 51-23 on two fewer carries. Starks won't be a recommended fantasy start next week against the Cardinals.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:48:00 PM

James Starks rushed 11 times for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' Week 14 win over the Cowboys, adding four receptions for 32 yards and another score.

Eddie Lacy got the start, but Starks rotated in on an essentially every-other-series basis. His receiving score was a 13-yarder where he wheeled out to the right, while the rushing number was a 30-yarder where he was essentially untouched up the middle. Starks cost the Packers in the first half by failing to convert a goal-line carry where he nearly fumbled the ball away, but was otherwise excellent as a change up to Lacy, who touched the ball 25 times to Starks' 15. Starks will be an RB3 against the Raiders in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:11:00 PM

James Starks rushed nine times for 15 yards in Green Bay's Week 13 win over the Lions, adding five receptions for 45 additional yards.

Starks got the start, monopolizing the touches on Green Bay's first two drives, and out-touching Eddie Lacy 14-6. That's the good news. The bad news is, Starks went nowhere on the ground, and lost a fumble in the red zone that became a Packers touchdown by only the flukiest of developments. Starks got the ball punched out from behind, but Randall Cobb managed to fall on it in the end zone. Starks and Lacy also lost carries to UDFA John Crockett, who was just promoted off the practice squad on Thursday. Although Lacy can't be trusted for Week 14 against the Cowboys, the same is true of Starks, who is now averaging just 3.79 yards per carry.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:03:00 AM

James Starks contributed 39 yards on seven carries while catching four of five targets for 41 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.

Starks got some run late in the first half after Eddie Lacy lost a fumble and was featured again on the team’s final possession. Starks’ longest gain came late in the fourth quarter on a screen pass that went for 18 yards. He didn’t get the start this week but it looks like Starks can expect around 10 touches a game going forward. The Packers will head to Detroit next Thursday to take on a Lions team that has won three straight.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 12:16:00 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday the Packers will stick with a "one-two punch" at running back moving forward.

Eddie Lacy outplayed James Starks in every facet during Sunday's beatdown of the Vikings, but McCarthy sounds more comfortable keeping both backs involved. McCarthy wouldn't name a Week 12 starter on Monday. "We need both Eddie and James," he said. "It was great to see Eddie have success." Still, Lacy has likely reemerged as the Packers' lead back. Starks has always been more effective in a limited, change-up back role.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 06:11:00 PM

James Starks rushed eight times for 14 yards and caught his only target for 30 yards Week 11 against the Vikings.

Starks started the game but took a backseat to Eddie Lacy in the second half. He struggled to find space in the running game, but he made a nice play on a screen pass in the third quarter. He should return to a secondary role with Lacy breaking out this week, but it is not a bad idea to keep Starks around as a handcuff for Lacy, who still looked less than 100 percent.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Marquise Williams
4Joe Callahan
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3John Crockett
4Don Jackson
5Brandon Burks
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Jeff Janis
3Ty Montgomery
4Jamel Johnson
5Geronimo Allison
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
3Jared Abbrederis
4Trevor Davis
5Ed Williams
WR31Jeff Janis
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
4Kennard Backman
5Mitchell Henry
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
LG1Josh Sitton
2Lane Taylor
3Josh James
4Lucas Patrick
C1Corey Linsley
2J.C. Tretter
3Jacob Flores
RG1T.J. Lang
2Josh Walker
3Vince Kowalski
4Matt Rotheram
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Don Barclay
3Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby