James Starks has been struggling with his third down duties. Currently, Starks is in a rotation with DuJuan Harris for the 2nd RB role in Green Bay. (Source: Rotoworld)
Fantasy Impact: This obviously hurts Starks' value as a late-round flier and convolutes the handcuff situation for Eddie Lacy. At this point it seems like that role belongs to DuJuan Harris, with Starks taking on a more limited role unless something happens to Lacy.
Packers running backs coach, Sam Gash, likes what he has seen of James Starks so far. "He's in midseason form. He runs as angry as he did last year. He runs with a purpose." (Source: Rob Demovsky of ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: With Lacy sitting out the first preseason game, Starks had the chance to start. He rushed for 49 yards on only 6 attempts, including a 20-yard touchdown run in a heavy rain storm. When Starks got the chance to carry the ball last season, he averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Lacy is still the running back in Green Bay that you want to target, but Starks will get plenty of opportunities if Lacy were to go down. If you plan on drafting Lacy, Starks is must-own handcuff.
Against the Titans on Saturday, Starks rushed six times for 49 yards and a touchdown. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Fantasy Impact: With Lacy sitting out the preseason opener, Starks got the start and looked as good as ever. He is locked-in as the no. 2 back in GB. After an effective year in 2013 spelling Lacy, he could be in line for a bigger role this season. The Packers are thinking long-term health with Lacy, the feature back for years to come. This means lightening his load when games are out of hand and playing it safe with injuries. This makes Starks a valuable handcuff for one of the leagues' elite playmakers. Lacy owners take heed.